Sustainability is a number one topic for product driven companies nowadays. Not a new finding. But it soaked through the whole supply chain meanwhile. “Green-washing” is less possible and companies are facing the challenge to engineer sustainability into their products. This is known as “Design for Environment” (DfE).
Engineers learned over decades how to predict mechanical behavior of components by using FEM analyses and virtual prototypes. It took at least the last decade to get accustom with requirements engineering and engineer to cost. How long will it take until average engineers have common tools and methods to predict the influence of design decisions on the environmental footprint?
Obviously actual PLM systems provide basic functionalities to handle environmental data. But they do not offer out-of-the-box functionality for analysis, relations and predictions. On the other hand, vendors like PE International offer specialized solutions, able to cover highly complex requirements of e.g. automotive OEMs.
The 80% of conventional companies are left in the cloud, do you agree with me? Companies having demand for guidance and best practice as well as a simple set of PLM functions for the day to day DfE business of the ordinary engineer. Management of environmental data as an integrated part of the product data. Incorporated into the overall change and configuration management process and as naturally imbedded as any classification data. Functions to calculate and simulate environmental parameters throughout the part structure, including supplier and manufacturing alternatives.
Could be a good candidate for a showcase, don’t you think? Any volunteer for a pilot?Tweet