Design Product News Profiles

By: Thomas Cutler

According to manufacturing journalist, Thomas R. Cutler, in a recent issue of Design Product News, "ETO automation systems have a direct impact on product design, he adds, because factors that include:
* Configuration of a 3D product model for use by the customer and/or sales engineer
* Automated engineering analyses based on the 3D product model and the product's intended usage environment
* Creation of detailed drawings down to the piece-part level for internal engineering and manufacturing use
* Generation of BOM, price quote, work orders, and other documents
* Automated NC tool path generation
* Data management/archiving of various product configurations
* Secure, web-based access to product configurations with customer access restricted to only their own designs

Cutler concludes, "Knowledge-capture and reuse software for ETO manufacturers ... allows manufacturers to respond to customer-specific orders more rapidly, accurately and efficiently."

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According to Stephen Carson, executive vice-president of Visibility Corporation, "ETO impacts the changing role of engineering in product design including, numerous possible product and design permutations, shifting customer specification, lengthy product design and approval process and engineering design release schedule synchronized with production."

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