The PLM Evolution for Mechatronics: From Filing Cabinet to Business Object Modeling (R)
The synergy between mechanical and electrical presents the starting point for GM's mechatronics initiative. GM is bringing together its MCAD and ECAD tools, integrating them through PLM. As a result, the PLM tool must evolve from a bulk filing cabinet to become a business object modeler. GM is beginning to see evidence of the evolution. The data modeling they require is complex and detailed, and they recognize that a federated integrated model, such as the 12-fold way, presents a solution for that data-sharing framework. Finally, they recognize two glaring deficiencies in the maturation of mechatronics, what they call the partial integration gap and the plug-n-play engineering application gap.
Keywords: MCAD, ECAD, electrical schematics, mechatronic data model, UGS, Teamcenter, data model, PLM XML, CPDA 12-fold way, Business object modeling, STEP application protocols, partial integration gap, plug-n-play engineering application gap