Survey : How do you store parts manufacturers CAD files ?

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Survey results and analysis

1) General information

 

1.1) Lottery winners

  • $50 : Kazuhiko Kawauchi, Japan
  • $30 : Richard Behnke, Schaeffler Group, USA
  • $20 : Vishal Wahi, Agilent, India

1.2) Distribution of participants by country

  • United States of America 28% 28%
  • West Europe 20% 20%
  • Canada 11% 11%
  • United Kingdom 10% 10%
  • South Africa 8% 8%
  • East Europe 7% 7%
  • Asia 7% 7%
  • Other countries 6% 6%

1.3) Distribution by Number of CAD users

%

Less than 5 users

%

5 to 20 users

%

21 to 100 users

%

More than 100 users

1.4) ERP and PLM

%

have an ERP

%

have a PLM

%

have PLM & ERP

%

have only one

%

have neither

2) How CAD users store the CAD files of parts manufacturers ?

 

2.1) Answers

  • I save them in a directory that I share with my colleagues 46% 46%
  • I use a PDM / PLM to save and share manufacturers CAD drawings 28% 28%
  • I save them for my personal needs but do not share with my colleagues 23% 23%
  • I have no right to download CAD files from manufacturers, I must use an internal library 3% 3%

2.2) Variations by country

  • With a score of 60% (vs 46%), CAD users in the UK are more willing to share their files than other countries.
  • North Americans tend to keep CAD files for themselves and don’t share them (35% vs 28%)
  • In comparison with all other countries, european designers clearly favor PDM/PLM tools (45% vs 23%)

2.3) Variations by CAD department size

  • Obviously, the percentage of CAD users going through PLM to manage their parts is strongly linked to the size of the CAD department (not a surprise…)
  • Small CAD departments (< 5 CAD users) don’t use PLM. So they can only choose between sharing or keeping the CAD files for themselves… and 80% decided to share (vs 46%)
  • But from 6 CAD users, the percentage of users who share their CAD files does not vary anymore (about 35%).  Changes are made only between “local save without sharing” to “use a PDM/PLM”.

2.4) Impact of ERP and PLM

  • Having an ERP has almost no influence on how CAD users store their parts
  • Fortunately, the use of a PLM has an influence, but it remains limited since almost 50% of CAD users with a PLM still manage their parts outside of PLM !
  • And this number reach almost 55% when users have PLM AND ERP

3) What challenges have CAD users sharing Manufacturer CAD files?

 

3.1) Answers

  • No easy way to search for CAD files 44% 44%
  • Lack of meta-data to find CAD files 33% 33%
  • No easy way to compare CAD files prior to selection 32% 32%
  • Lack of a central repository 27% 27%
  • None 18% 18%

%

have at least one challenge

%

have at least 2 challenges

%

have at least 3 challenges

%

have all challenges

3.2) No easy way to search for CAD files

  • With 20% vs 44%, this problem is much less important in medium CAD department (21 to 100 CAD users)
  • It becomes more consistent in small teams (< 20 CAD users) and very large team (> 100 CAD users) 
  • Surprisingly, having a PLM doesn’t change anything…

3.3) Lack of meta-data to find CAD files

  • This problem mainly encountered in CAD departments with less than 20 CAD users (44% vs 33%)
  • Having and ERP reduces the problem by about 10% (23% vs 33%)
  • Another surprise is the bad results of PLM : Only 17% of CAD users without PLM face this problem vs 40% with PLM

3.4) Lack of a central repository

  • This problem mainly encountered in companies with more than 100 CAD users (55% vs 44%)
  • PLM seems to be a real good solution to solve it (only 20% of CAD users with PLM face this problem)
  • And the last surprise is : just having ERP increase the lack of central repository by 18%!

3.5) No easy way to compare CAD files prior to selection

  • We did not find any influencing factor for this problem