According to The State of Product Development and Hardware Design 2020, the industry’s frustration with current PDM/PLM technology is loud and clear. The report found that more than 50% of file-based PDM/PLM users believe the systems slow down their overall design process.
In The State of Product Development and Hardware Design 2020, a survey of over 900 engineering professionals worldwide, data management emerged as a significant problem. In fact, more than 4 out of 5 product development professionals report having trouble accessing the correct product design or even finding it in the first place. Working on the wrong version of a design can lead to costly manufacturing errors, frustrating rework, wasted materials and possible liability issues. But it’s also stolen time that could have been devoted to the next project. Not being able to locate the design is equally frustrating and unproductive.
Release management and approval workflow capabilities optimize efficiency and ensure faster time to market. With traditional, file-based CAD, the process of creating releases comes with inordinate data challenges including locating, validating, organizing and archiving hundreds – and sometimes even thousands – of individual design files. In contrast, Onshapes’ cloud-based architecture means the release process takes just minutes instead of hours. Engineers can go back and reference all the contents of any release at any time. Users can create a proposed release for any combination of parts, assemblies, configurations and other assets as a single release. And best of all, users can continue working, even while a release candidate is created and being approved.
Real-time analytics provide a comprehensive overview of project data with easy-to-read tables and charts that enable users to review all design activity, review document access and manage projects and resources better. The Activity Overview dashboard gives a comprehensive overview of data by employees or external suppliers. With Onshape, managers can understand the hours spent per project, identity bottlenecks and help allocate resources better. By turning data into insight the feature lets managers make more informed decisions and allocate the appropriate resources to improve operational efficiency and accelerate time to market.
Onshape’s unlimited “undo” and “redo,” lets users move forward or backward to any stage in the editing process. Closely related to Branching and Merging, Edit History provides a comprehensive list of all changes made to the design document. WIth it, users can now work together making edits and revisions without fear of losing earlier work. With an audit trail that is never erased, edit history allows users can work confidently with the assurance that they can always revert to an earlier design if needed at any time.
Related to comprehensive Edit History, the Restore feature enables users to essentially go back in time and undo any design change. With legacy file-based CAD systems are accustomed to being limited to only a finite number of steps they can “undo.” This ability to undo any error allows users to take creative risks with the confidence that they can be reversed later. With the Restore function in Onshape, designers and engineers can work unconstrained, pushing the envelope on novel approaches with the confidence that they can return to any prior stage of the design anytime
An important aspect of product design and data management is the challenge of understanding what changes have occurred in a given design over time. Onshape’s Compare feature allows users to quickly and easily see these changes through both a written list and visual references. Users can compare changes between versions, workspaces or even moments in the Edit History of a part or assembly. Users can see not only the changes in the graphics, but also the specific differences in the CAD features used between the two versions being compared.