The FACTORY PART element

 

Some characteristics of each component are different according to the factory where it is produced / assembled.   For a manufacturing company you should define at least one factory that represents the point of reference for all actions that regards the specific productive plant.     Definition of new plant may be a complex operation, because you need to add all the elements related to the new factory, so an automatic tool is preferred instead of manual actions.   

The ability to execute the factory tool is limited to users with special configuration role.

 

 

 assignment

name:  PDM_FactoryManager

description:  Add or archive plants

(*) all users with this role need the administrative access rights for objectspace and class  or the actions must be performed with a super user account

 

  

The main actions for Factory Manager users are:

 

1.    Define new Factory

o   create new factory objectspace

o   add new Factory Part class (extends the Factory Part base class)

2.    Archive a Factory

 

 

Define new Factory

 

The admin user has to specify the following information:

 

-       The factory name

-       A description

-       A code for the new factory

 

 

objectspace

name:  PDM_FACTORY_<factory name>

description:  objectspace for <factory> elements
feature:  name=code  value=<factory code>

 

 

 

 class

name:  PDM_FactoryPart_<factory name>

description:  <factory description>

abstract:  false

superclass:  PDM_FACTORYPART

feature:  name=objectspace  value=<factory code>   

                  to objectspace[PDM_FACTORY_<factory name>]

 

 

 

 

A part can have one or more factory parts to store the parameters for the specific factory.    Factory parts are connected to the related Part with a relationship, so when you navigate the Part, you can find all Factory parts defined for it.

Moreover, the factory parts are involved in the manufacturing product structure (MBOM) while the generic parts are used to define the engineering BOM.

 

Here is a list of generic properties of a FACTORY PART:

 

ATTRIBUTE

MEANING

ATTRIBUTE TYPE

INPUT TYPE

OPTIONAL

Factory

The factory name or code

string

driven
(FACTORY elements)

 

Make or Buy

Indicates if the factory produces the part or purchases it from a supplier

string

driven
(list Make / Buy)

 

Commercial

Type

Commodity category

string

driven

 

Commercial SubType

Commodity sub-category

string

driven

 

Description

Description in the factory language

string

free (max length)

 

Unit Measure

Factory Unit measure associated to the Part

string

driven

 

Estimated Cost

Cost of 1 unit of factory measure

real

free

x

Notes

Additional comments

text

free

x

 

 

 field

name:  PDM_MakeOrBuy

description:  Indicates if the factory produces or purchases the part

type:  string

default:  Make

ranges:  Make / Buy

 

 

 field

name:  PDM_Category

description:   Commodity category

type:  string

ranges:  (range program)

 

 

 

 field

name:  PDM_SubCategory

description:  Commodity sub-category

type:  string

ranges:  (range program)

 

 

 field

name:  PDM_UnitMeasure

description:  Factory Unit measure associated to the Part

type:  string

default:  -

ranges:  list of UnitMeasures  (range program)

 

 

 field

name:  PDM_EstimatedCost

description:  Estimated cost of 1 unit of measure

type:  real

unitmeasure:  currency [$]
reset:  oncreate  (clone+revise)

 

 

 

 class

name:  PDM_FACTORYPART

description:  basic Factory part element

abstract:  true

fields:  

PDM_MakeOrBuy

PDM_Category

PDM_SubCategory

PDM_UnitMeasure

PDM_EstimatedCost

PDM_Notes

 

 

 linktype

name:  PDM_PartToFactory

description:  Connect a Part with a Factory Part

flags:  !duplicable , !selflinks

from: PDM_PART  (single, !revision, !clone)

to: PDM_FACTORYPART (multiple, !revision, !clone)

access rights:

community:  read

assignment[PDM_FactoryPartManager]: create,destroy

 

 

 

Coding of FACTORY PART instances

 

A factory part takes the same code and revision of the related original part:  when the factory part manager add a new factory part, he have to specify the mandatory attributes and select the factory name.    List of company factories are those assigned to the user (features between the admin user elements and factory part classes).

 

 

 

 user

name:  <user name>

…..

feature:  name=factory value=”” to

    class[PDM_FactoryPart_<factory name1>]

    name=factory value=”” to

    class[PDM_FactoryPart_<factory name2>]

 

 

The selected factory name is used to determine the specific (not abstract) FactoryPart class for generating the factory part instance and connect it to the engineering part.

 

The new factory part instance will be store in the FactoryPart related Objectspace.

 

FACTORY PART lifecycle

 

The lifecycle of the factory part instances may be represented with three states and some signatures to authorize the passage from one level to the next:

 

 

 lifecycle

name:  PDM_FactoryPart

description:  Default lifecycle for factory part instances

revision rule: 99
filespace: PDM_PartDocuments

classes:  PDM_FACTORYPART

stages:  InWork , CostValuation , Released

 

 

 

A Factory Part instance can be created from an engineering part in status FactoryCheck or Production by users with a Factory Part Manager role.

The user who create the factory part becomes the holder and it will get the full control of it.

 

InWork (or simply IW):   it represents the first state of a just created factory part. In this level, the holder of part instance has all privileges, so it has the ability to change its attributes, promote the part to the next level or to delete it from the system.   

 

 

 lifecycle-stage

lifecycle:  PDM_FactoryPart

name:  InWork

description:  part released to factory division

access rights:

holder:  edit,destroy,progress,<manage files>…..

community:  read,fileget,<manage links>

assignment[PDM_FactoryPartManager]: create

validations:   Make  / Buy (*)

 

(*)    automatic validated on the basis of PDM_MakeOrBuy field value

 

 

 

CostValuation (CV):   this stage is valid only for purchased parts:  in this phase, the account manager has to insert the estimated cost after he contacted the supplier.

 

 

 assignment

name:  PDM_CostEstimator

description:  Evaluate the factory part cost

 

 

 lifecycle-stage

lifecycle:  PDM_FactoryPart

name:  CostValuation

description:  insert the estimated cost

access rights:

community:  read,fileget,<manage links>

assignment[PDM_CostEstimator]: edit(*),progress

assignment[PDM_FactoryPartManager]: revise (**)

 

(*)     only update the estimated cost
(**)    only if already exists the new revision for the related engineering part

 

 

 

Released (REL):  the factory part is official (all approval has been obtained) and then producible or it can be purchased.   No change is more possible at the stage.

 

 

 lifecycle-stage

lifecycle:  PDM_FactoryPart

name:  Released

description:  factory part released for the production

revisionable:  true

access rights:

community:  read,fileget,<manage links>

assignment[PDM_FactoryPartManager]: revise (*)

 

(*)     only if already exists the new revision for the related engineering part