Design and implementation of a PLM system for Chalmers Formula Student

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2021
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Karlsson, Rikard
Venkatesh, Abhishek
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Complex products typically consist of many different parts which need to interact nd function together. In the modern world, the development and verification of arts, sub-assemblies and entire products are done to a large extent with the help f computers. This in turn generates a lot of digital documentation and information which needs to be stored and controlled throughout the life cycle of a product. In rder to keep track of the information, a Product Lifecycle Management, or PLM, system can be used. The study which has been carried out has investigated the current digital documen- ation structure of Chalmers Formula Student, CFS, with the aim of identifying possible areas of improvement and whether the implementation of a specific PLM system could be beneficial for their continued development efforts. Information bout PLM and the aspects related to it has been gathered through a literature eview and served as a basis for the study. Information about the current doc- mentation structure was gathered through interviews with current and previous embers of the CFS team. In an effort to extend the number of viewpoints of PLM, n additional round of interviews were held with professors and engineers with var- ous experience with PLM system. Based on the theoretical framework and the held interviews, it became apparent hat there were potential improvements to be made mainly regarding the aspects f knowledge transfer and finding needed documentation concerning changes made uring the development efforts. The main underlying reasoning was mentioned s lack of time to document properly, last minute changes made without proper pdating and a difficulty of navigating the folder structure. The investigation and evaluation of the benefits of a PLM system resulted in the suggestion of a gradual mplementation, starting with the PLM system being used to manage Computer ided Design, CAD, files.
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Product Lifecycle Management, Computer Aided Design, Knowledge transfer, Product Development
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