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Quality Issue Management with CAPA

Issue management with corrective and preventive actions ensures product quality

Teamcenter can help you identify, analyze and share critical product quality data across your enterprise. Your design, manufacturing and quality improvement teams can share the same views of the information they need to directly impact Six Sigma and lean initiatives. Using the Teamcenter CAPA solution, you can capture various forms of complaints, defects and non-conformances within a formal process to systematically investigate and resolve these issues.

In order to stay competitive and distinguish yourself in the marketplace, you must reduce product and operating costs while improving product quality. Every day you make trade-off decisions between cost, time and the need to meet customer requirements. Quality issue management is critical, because making the wrong decisions can have a devastating impact on your business.

Despite the priority you give to product quality, your teams may still have difficulty getting the information they need. The Teamcenter solution for quality issue management and corrective and preventive actions (CAPA) can help. You can capture complaints, defects and non-conformances across your entire organization simply by including your enterprise quality teams within your product lifecycle management (PLM) system. With product engineering and production planning simulation and validation toolsets in Teamcenter, you can be more proactive in preventing non-conformances and creating high-quality products.


Systematic Product Quality Management


With Teamcenter quality issue management, you can follow a consistent formal process to systematically investigate, analyze and resolve quality issues using 8D and ISO industry standards. By streamlining your definition of preventive measures, you can prevent future re-occurrences of product issues. Quality data reports and analysis of the results is easy, with intuitive tools that include drag-and-drop capabilities to customize reports to your own needs


Resolve Quality Issues Across Teams


Quality issue management in Teamcenter is built on an enterprise-scalable foundation. You can use closed-loop issue resolution processes for identifying, analyzing and sharing critical product quality data. Your design, manufacturing and quality improvement teams can share the same views of the information they need to directly impact Six Sigma and lean initiatives. With an intuitive user interface, people across the enterprise can easily participate in quality processes with minimum training required.


Streamline CAPA Efficiency and Reduce Quality Costs

Quality issue management in Teamcenter allows you to have visibility into critical product quality characteristics, failures/non-conformances, and resolutions to those issues. You can take control of the entire quality process across your global enterprise with configurable dashboards, along with sophisticated linking of all decisions, analysis and results. From issue capture to engineering change notices, you can streamline your quality initiatives to reduce the overall cost of quality.

Product Cost Management

Take control of product profitability by performing product cost management early in the product lifecycle, and make smarter product costing decisions

By integrating early cost analysis and estimation within PLM processes, Teamcenter can make a positive impact on your company’s bottom-line. You can reduce risk, improve time-to-market and increase profitability with the Teamcenter solutions for product cost management.

When you’re developing a new product, you need to be innovative. You need to understand the market opportunity. You need to deliver a quality product, and the timing needs to be right. Perhaps most importantly, you need to be cost-conscious. No matter how great your product is, it cannot be successful without profitability.

The Teamcenter product cost management solution helps your products succeed with product costing capabilities you can use at the time when decisions matter most: in the early stages of the product lifecycle. You can simulate, analyze and optimize your product costs to make the right decisions at the right time and ensure product profitability.


Achieve Target Costs

Cost engineers can use the Teamcenter product cost management solution to determine product cost in the early stages of pre- and target-costing. You can:

  • Calculate complex assemblies and versions accurately and quickly
  • Reproduce the entire price structure of your products and variants based on the bills of materials (BOMs) and bills of process (BOPs)
  • Determine and itemize direct costs and overheads, manufacturing steps and processes, and materials and process parameters

An extensive and cost-relevant database allows you to simulate different scenarios, including production sites, machines, and pre-configured reference processes for numerous manufacturing technologies and cost rates.


Manage Profitable Projects to Secure Investments

With the profitability calculation, executives and managers can secure product investments by predicting future unit costs and prices over the entire product lifecycle. With product cost management, you can transparently break down annual costs, revenues and cash flows and provide the basis for relevant indicators, such as internal rate of return, net present value, and payback periods. Using the discounted cash flow calculation, you can determine the profitability of your projects as well as compare projects and programs in your company (including return on investment, return on capital employed, and return on sales) to make the best investment decisions.


Know What a Purchased Part Should Cost


With the purchase price analysis included with Teamcenter product costing, as a buyer or procurement officer, you can run reliable cost estimates of supplier parts on different commodities (“shadow calculations”). Teamcenter product costing also helps you in cost structure negotiations and value engineering workshops with suppliers. Based on these cost estimates, you can negotiate future target prices or purchase prices based on reliable cost details. If desired, you can establish an open-book policy.


Delivering Cost-adequate Product Designs

You can represent the entire price structure of your products in Teamcenter, and cost engineers can see the impact of development-related changes on the price at any time. You can identify the cost drivers early in the development process, and suggest alternative solutions. With the opportunities for cost simulation in Teamcenter product cost management, such as comparison of manufacturing technologies, you can also reproduce different scenarios for manufacturing.


Negotiate from a Strong Position with Customers

Teamcenter helps you negotiate with your customers using “optimized but comprehensible” cost data in customized formats. You can use and explain this data in open-book conversations with the customer’s costs experts to establish your price. By presenting a clear cost structure and plausible breakdown of the product costs, you have a stronger negotiating position in cost negotiations.


Integrate Parametric and 3D-based Tool Costing


With the Teamcenter solution for tool costing, you can create timely and reliable cost estimates for the quotation and tool cost analysis. Teamcenter provides a variety of tool technologies, including injection molding, die casting, and composite tools. You can read the 3D data automatically or manually create the geometry parameters. Both the tool buyer and the tool maker – whether injection molding, die casting, cutting, stamping, or other production tools – can make decisions regarding the tool costs that are fully integrated within the Teamcenter product cost management solution.

Environmental Compliance and Product Sustainability

Go “green” with a framework for product sustainability and design for environment (DfE) initiatives


Teamcenter can help you establish a framework for sustainability and design for environment (DfE) initiatives with a substance compliance solution to support the development of green, environmentally friendly products. Teamcenter allows you to quickly understand how well your product complies with specific regional environmental regulations worldwide.

To stay competitive in today’s market, many manufacturers list environmental compliance and product sustainability as key elements for success. To support your environmental compliance objectives, you need a sustainability framework built on a product lifecycle management (PLM) foundation that allows you to phase-out non-sustainable components and materials, and design-in new and innovative “green” ones.

Teamcenter provides environmental compliance and product sustainability solutions to help you control and trace the material makeup of your products down to the substance level. You can limit the use of hazardous substances in your products and reduce the risk of non-compliance with regulatory directives (REACH, RoHS, Conflict Minerals, etc.). While supporting your environmental compliance and sustainability objectives, you can grow your business and build customer loyalty by developing innovative, earth-friendly products.


Address Environmental Compliance with a Sustainability Framework


You can establish a framework to address environmental compliance and develop green, sustainable products with Teamcenter integrated material management and substance compliance solutions. Teamcenter enables you to manage materials and substances as components of the product definition, as well as automate your supplier material and substance disclosure (MSD) process. Once you have this holistic view of your product, grading for compliance is more accurate, and you can quickly understand and report on how well your product complies with industry and regulatory directives, as well as your own sustainability objectives.


Manage Materials and Substances Used in Products

With Teamcenter integrated material management, you can optimize material use for greater performance and profitability throughout the product lifecycle. With enterprise-wide use of approved material information for product functions such as design, engineering, compliance and manufacturing, you can manage the entire lifecycle of materials in Teamcenter – from material design to production – as well as the lifecycle of the products that include these materials. You can aggregate materials and substance across product definitions and grade your products for environmental compliance.


Automate Supplier MSDs


With environmental compliance and product sustainability solutions in Teamcenter, you can gather supplier material disclosure data and aggregate it to the product definition using automated processes, to get a more complete view of your products. Industry standards (IPC-1752, IPC-1755, etc.) are supported as part of the MSD process. With automated notification, due dates and validation checks, you can easily synchronize with your supply chain to stay compliant with regulatory and industry directives.


Compliance Grading and Reporting

You can use the Teamcenter compliance process manager (CPM), created by thinkstep, to check for product compliance against various environmental and social compliance regulations (REACH, RoHS, Conflict Minerals, etc.). You can easily keep up with changes in global regulations with pre-configured rule sets maintained by thinkstep. You can also stay proactive in addressing future regulations using a rules editor to create your own custom specifications to grade against. With reporting capabilities, you can create industry-standard compliance reports, and also get a complete view into supplier disclosure performance and product compliance status.

Systems Engineering

Improve product performance by accounting for all domains, conditions, sub-systems and interface definitions in a single systems architecture


With Teamcenter capabilities for systems engineering, you can construct a systems-level behavioral, functional and logical definition to help ensure products perform as intended. Using system analysis and verification, you can capture, model and simulate system and subsystem interaction before generating physical prototypes.

From cars to cell phones to airplanes to wind turbines, the most complex part of product design is managing the interaction of integrated mechanical, electronics and software components. In considering a whole product system, however, it’s not just the design components that you need to factor in – you also need to consider the conditions a product will operate in, the disposability of a product, operator safety, the risk of warranty claims…. The list goes on and on.

To help you approach your product as a whole system, Teamcenter provides a collaborative, closed-loop, model-based systems engineering environment within our product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. You can use system architecture, system modeling, system simulation and requirements management tools tied to the rest of your company’s product and process knowledge, so you can fully understand your products as cross-domain systems. You can mitigate the risks of failure at the point of integration across domains and sub-systems by accounting for all factors and interface definitions in a single systems architecture. The Teamcenter systems engineering solution can help you deliver products that are compliant, reliable and profitable.


Establish a Systems Architecture


Today’s complex products consist of multiple sub-systems enabled by components from multiple design domains, including MCAD, ECAD and software. That’s why it’s more important than ever for you to define, refine and understand the system architecture and capture the decisions being made across design domains. With the Teamcenter architecture modeler, you can take a model-based systems engineering approach to your product line development processes. You can easily define, model and navigate the systems architecture, as well as create interface connections, establish relationships, set up baselines and define product line variants.


Predict Performance with Model-based Systems Engineering


The Teamcenter systems engineering solution includes capabilities for architectural model definition as well as the use and management of intelligent models for 1D/3D multi-domain and multi-physics simulation. You can quickly and accurately find, associate, and re-use the models and product line configurations you need to investigate and validate design alternatives against product requirements and performance targets. By assembling predefined and validated components from different domain libraries, you can create the intelligent multi-domain/multi-physics simulation models needed to analyze design options. This early model generation and simulation allows your product line, design and engineering teams to intelligently predict and balance the product’s performance according to various attributes and targets before committing to expensive and time-consuming prototyping and testing.


Define, Navigate and Re-use System Interfaces


While creating the architecture objects in the Teamcenter systems engineering solution, you can also establish the interface definitions and subsystem relationships you need to guide various types of simulation, which is especially critical for product line engineering. You can quickly view, navigate and investigate these systems architecture objects and relationships using the map-like legend interface. By managing these interfaces and relationships across multiple product configurations, you can re-use subsystems and their interfaces, continuously verify implementation, intelligently assess the impact of change, and make more informed product line engineering decisions.

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