INNOVATION IN PROCESS mANuFACTuRINg
piping class Migration
In the past, Bp maintained thousands of components and factory standards by
hand and then merged that information as pDF files. This manual process was
not only time consuming, but also resulted in redundancy among approximately
100,000 components. Bp developed a database-driven process to ensure
component data is available to relevant departments in multiple languages and
documentation is automatically generated.
Bp transferred the existing asset data and updated it according to applicable
standards. An interface with plantSpace synchronized the data, enabling
various departments to work from a single data pool. The result is a centralized,
multilanguage database of about 12,000 components with no redundancies.
component data is generated at the touch of a button, requiring less staff to
maintain the system.
Buhler is a specialist and technology partner for plant, equipment, and related
services for food processing and materials manufacturing. The Grain milling
business unit developed the equipment configurator (eqc) to replace a paper-based process that relied on the knowledge of the designers. The 3D model
configuration tool introduces standardization, accelerates design, minimizes
mistakes, and provides a reproducible approach.
Based on custom software developed by Bentley, eqc includes functions to
assemble AutocAD blocks into Autopl An T, add nozzle information, and convert
the assembly into an Autopl An T equipment model. Bentley Design++ rules for
the 120 most important machines translate engineering knowledge into lisp.
Developed for $200,000, the tool reduces the time to configure machines by one
half. configuring 5,000 machines per year, total savings are significant.