What is Classification & how it is related to PLM?
Engineering/product based company has tons of product data. The product data in the system includes legacy, current offered and future offering products.
Different variety and high number of products has caused more production management.
Each product is created in a specific time and has a life cycle. Duration of the product lifecycle can be years but this life ends at a specified time.
The main reason for using PLM system is to manage the product data. There are a lot of data produced or used in product lifecycle and with managing of these data and information can benefit the companies in lot of ways.
History shows that products are classified even when product drawings were on paper. They had been classified and managed in metal or wooden files.
The huge amount of data that is generated in different part of product life cycle should be grouped and arranged in a structured way.
This categorizing of data is data classification. Without data classifying, finding previous data is not possible or it will be time consuming.
Data classification helps the data producers to place their data in a structure for faster search and reuse of them. The data classification structure is based on data attributes.
Benefits of classification:
By allowing you to manage previously designed, validated and approved product and tool definition data, the classification enables parts and tools reusability.
Encourages use of standardized design elements and methods for reducing inventory.
Saves time otherwise lost searching for widely dispersed product definitions.
Eliminates duplication of definition data in multiple systems.
Lets designers focus on a product’s most marketable innovations by enabling them to quickly locate definition data for its derivative elements..
Improves utilization of your manufacturing assets
Reduces new product initiative cost through the lessons learnt.
Classification improves time-to-market and lowers product development costs through ease of use and powerful search to optimize your re-use thought.
Allows easy identification of substitutes and alternate parts for Design Engineers.
Teamcenter classification enables to build hierarchies, classes, attributes and valid attribute values into class definitions.
This enables design engineers to quickly search the library when they want to locate a particular design element and reuse its related product and process data in a new project or program.
Teamcenter Classification is used to create and maintain a hierarchical classification structure with classification attributes.
Classification is supported in rich client as well as active workspace.
Use Classification to:
Classify workspace objects.
Find classification objects.
Modify the attribute values of classification objects.
Delete classification objects from the classification hierarchy.