PROSTEP builds digital twins for production

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November 25, 2020

Together with the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW) at the University of Hanover and the technology service provider isb, PROSTEP, a PLM consulting and software company, is offering its customers a comprehensive new service for digitalizing their existing production systems and optimizing their production processes. The partners have developed the innovative service concept, which is primarily aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with limited IT resources, as part of the DigiTwin joint project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It involves scanning machines and systems in 3D and converting the 3D scan data into a digital factory twin, which can then be used to plan changes to plant layouts, perform material flow simulations and analyze bottlenecks.

PROSTEP's data logistics experts are responsible for automatically converting 3D scan data from production into simulation-capable models in joint customer projects. With the help of methods from artificial intelligence and machine learning, they analyze the point clouds or the mesh geometry derived from them to classify the scanned objects and identify similar system components that have already been stored in a library as simulation-capable CAD models. Their position and orientation in space is determined using a so-called bounding box so that they can be automatically placed in the digital twin of the factory.

Depending on the category, up to 80 percent of the objects can be automatically identified and placed, which dramatically reduces the effort required to set up the digital twin. System components for which there is not yet an equivalent in the library are converted into CAD models and parameterized with the help of feature recognition so that they can be prepared for simulation. PROSTEP makes the services for object detection, object harmonization and conversion available via the proven data logistics portal www.OpenDESC.com.

The scanning experts from isb innovative software businesses scan the existing factory systems at the customer site and provide the 3D scan data. Depending on the case in question, the engineers use hand scanners, stereo image cameras or terrestrial laser scanners to scan the systems. The manufacturing experts from the IFW help customers record and map the manufacturing logic in the digital models. If requested by the customer, they also perform simulation tasks such as material flow or bottleneck analysis, evaluate the results and draw up recommendations for optimizing the production processes.




About PROSTEP AG
PROSTEP AG is recognized as a partner to the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. We count the top companies in this industry among our customers. PROSTEP is an independent consulting and solution development company, but also supplies ready-made product solutions. Our strength lies in a combination of industry-specific expertise, process know-how and technological competence. We offer our customers competent consultancy services, a comprehensive range of other services, and innovative solutions covering every aspect of product lifecycle management.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 280 in Germany, Poland and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Saarbrücken, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, as well as in Wroclaw (Poland) and in Birmingham, Michigan (USA).


About PROSTEP, Inc.
PROSTEP, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PROSTEP AG and is located in the hub of the US automotive industry, Troy, MI. PROSTEP is a leading vendor-independent PLM consulting firm for the discrete manufacturing industry specializing in PLM integration and 
PLM migration with leading PLM vendors.  PROSTEP has solutions for SIEMENS Teamcenter migration and Teamcenter integration, PTC Windchill migration and Windchill integration , Dassault 3DEXPERIENCE migration and 3DEXPERIENCE integration, ARAS Innovator migration and Innovator integration.  With 250+ employees throughout and 20+ years of experience, PROSTEP specializes in digital transformation solutions with digital thread and digital twin initiatives, PLM consultingPLM strategy, and engineering solutions in automotive plmaerospace plm and shipbuilding plm. PROSTEP are experts in providing leading global manufacturing companies with the support they require for designing and optimizing their internal and cross-enterprise development processes.
Contact:
Joseph Lopez, Marketing
Joseph.Lopez@prostep.com, (248) 247-1007