SEER® Integrations With CATIA For Composites, Machined, & Sheet Metal Parts Costing
Improve Profits, Reduce Costs, Empower Engineers, Make Better Decisions With SEER and CATIA
Engineers often shy away from cost tradeoffs during the early stages of design because they don’t have a way to easily quantify costs. Now, SEER Integrations to CATIA put the power of cost trades in the hands of designers and manufacturing engineers, developing cost estimates directly within CATIA for composite, machined, and sheet metal part designs. Up to 70% of the life cycle cost of a new product are determined during the design phase. Evaluate cost saving alternatives while still meeting design requirements. Know how each design alternative or trade will impact costs, suppliers and time to market. Make versus buy, vendor selection, material selection: Obtain cost from CATIA V5. Establish cost targets and achieve them. Avoid costly supply chain surprises downstream. And for costing, buyers, etc. without CATIA licenses use our companion product: SEER-3D to produce costs from a 3D model digital twin and without a CATIA license.
Composites, Machining, Sheet Metal and More
For Design Engineers: Design to Cost With Cost as a Design Variable
Initial product costing, in the hands of design engineers and refined product costing by manufacturing engineers can revolutionize product development, making cost a design variable and making cost tradeoffs part of the design process. SEER, integrated with CATIA does just that. As your design engineers elaborate a design they can see the cost impacts instantly without concern for detailed manufacturing processes. And when manufacturing engineers evaluate designs they can refine the estimate by providing details of processes, etc. Additionally, your manufacturing environment can be described and saved so estimates are viable with just a few clicks.
Additionally, cost engineers, finance and other areas can obtain detailed costs within minutes from the solid model so pricing, return on investment, internal rate of return and other financial metrics are available early in the product cycle.
Make cost one of your design goals. Understand the cost and cost ramifications of design and design alternatives. Using SEER with emphasis on cost cutting / cost optimization you can see what a change does to a design. SEER-CATIA integration provides instant cost information for design reviews and anytime cost is under consideration. SEER to CATIA alerts you to "creeping elegance" when design considerations become less cost effective.
For Manufacturing Engineers, Integrated Product Development, Finance: Viable Estimates Faster CAD TO COST
Being able to accurately predict the cost of producing a design is crucial. For many companies, product costing is a fragmented activity calculated across multiple departments, involving different levels of automation and numerous costing tools. Not only is this process expensive, time-consuming and error-prone, it also misses opportunities for Design and Manufacturing to work together early to expedite go/no-go decisions and optimize design for manufacturability and production costs. Using SEER Integrations, anyone can obtain detailed part cost estimates for labor (setup, direct, inspection, and rework), material, and tooling costs directly from and within their CATIA solid models.
Lower Supplier Cost with "Should Cost"
With SEER's "should cost" modeling, know what a suppliers costs are so fair profits and cost containment can be optimized.
The advantages of outsourcing a project can be substantial – allowing your organization to free up internal resources, gain access to world-class capabilities, and increase revenue potential. Of course, there can also be significant cost savings.
However, to utilize these advantages, you must have a clear understanding of what you should be paying for an outsourced project. Without knowing the “should cost”, there is a strong likelihood that you will either be paying too much or requiring more hands-on attention than you originally anticipated.
A should cost analysis provides a solution that can give you the knowledge, data, and framework to empower you with the information you need to determine fair market pricing when negotiating with outsourced vendors. With the SEER project management tools from Galorath, you can create an accurate should cost model that enables you to effectively negotiate with suppliers while maximizing profitability through the optimization of a variety of critical parameters.
SEER’s “should cost” models provide the credible and defendable estimates necessary to effectively negotiate and give the insight to compare outsourcing options with in-house capabilities.
"SEER reduces the decision time from a 2 week wait for a vendor quote to 10 minutes." — Major Heavy Equipment Manufacturer
"We discovered that SEER-MFG is an interesting application because if you have a solution in mind it allows you to check on the cost and see alternative technologies" G. Pruijsen
"A mechanical designer might not consider certain technologies because they are out of his experience. But if you can quickly calculate different scenarios, you can determine their cost impact and the amount of investment needed in areas like tooling. That is very valuable" G. Pruijsen
SEER <-> CATIA Composites Ply Cost Estimator
For composites part cost estimates within CATIA, use the SEER Ply Cost Estimator, with the full power of SEER for Manufacturing. The SEER composites models were developed in conjunction with the most knowledgeable and advanced composites organizations in the US and Europe. SEER is the most comprehensive cost model for composites parts in the world.
This interface allows manufacturers to use SEER-MFG from within the CATIA design software and enable designers to model and virtually test composite manufacturing processes and evaluate tradeoffs during the earliest stages of product design. The SEER-Ply Cost Estimator features composite part cost estimates for labor (set up, direct, inspection, rework), material and tooling.
Companies that use Galorath’s SEER-Ply Cost Estimator within the CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE process can perform early trade-off analyses on the uses of various materials and composite processes during design, before they start manufacturing. They can then determine the most efficient ways to manufacture their products while meeting cost, performance, functionality and appearance requirements.
Additionally, as the design of a part changes shape, size, or materials, users can quickly rerun new estimates so they can understand the impacts of those changes on their costs. This reduces duplicate effort of re-entering data into cost models so users will know in advance what it will cost to produce that part.
Estimates are updated and refreshed as the design evolves, and users can save multiple scenarios for each part to compare and trade options – features that help the designers understand the costs of their design decisions.
Part cost estimates include ply placement, debulking, core prep and machining, panel layup, hot-press forming, curing (autoclave, resin transfer molding, or vacuum-assisted resin transfer molding), postcure trimming, finishing, drilling, nondestructive inspection, tool design, fabrication, preparation, and cleaning.
The built-in material and labor cost data can easily be customized by the company in the form of Manufacturing Environments. Other variables (e.g., the experience of the labor force and overall plant efficiency) can also be changed.
Galorath’s SEER-Ply Cost Estimator in CATIA can be used for:
- Engineering – to identify which design choices affect costs and by how much
- Purchasing/Manufacturing – to get an idea of what to expect from suppliers before asking for quotes or estimates (should-cost)
- Cost Engineering – focal point for the cross-functional discussion about cost to drive participation, especially from engineering
This SEER-Ply Cost Estimator interface is being delivered initially for CATIA V5. It includes fully customizable knowledge base templates and rules to create detail composite part cost estimates for labor, material and tooling costs.
SEER <-> CATIA MACHINING COST ESTIMATOR
CATIA Machining Cost Estimator makes rapid cost estimates of machined parts directly within CATIA v5 using innovative methods of processing solid model geometry data. This capability puts the power of cost trades directly in the hands of design engineers in their native environment. Users can now turn around cost estimates for complex machined parts in minutes with the visibility of a detailed SEER for Manufacturing (SEER-MFG) analysis to back it up.
Key functionality includes the ability to create detailed machining part cost estimates for labor, material, and tooling costs, as well as to update and refresh estimates as the design matures. Users can create and save estimates for each part configuration to compare and trade options. They can also customize knowledge base templates and rules to fit their factory environments, labor rates, and processes. Findings can be shared with other SEER users to be incorporated into other estimates. Additionally, estimates can be reviewed in CATIA even if Machining Cost Estimator and/or SEER are not installed.
•Processes include: Material Origin (from Raw Stock, Casting or Forging), Rough and Finish Milling, Tool Prep, Rough and Finish Turning, Rough and Finish Boring, Drilling, Tapping, Finishing Operations, High Tolerance Machining (Lapping, Honing, Surface Grinding, Cylindrical Grinding, more), Tool Prep, Tool Cleaning, Tool Fabrication and Design, Material Costs and more.
Trade studies, material choices, processing scenarios can all be quickly and accurately conducted to optimize the design and minimize the cost. SEER for Manufacturing's machining cost estimation capabilities
SEER <-> CATIA Sheet Metal Cost Estimator
SEER for Manufacturing Sheet Metal Estimator (SME) plug in uses the work done from the CATIA sheet metal workbench to extract the features of the design and map them to robust processes inside SEER for Manufacturing.
CATIA Sheet Metal Cost Estimator makes rapid cost estimates of sheet metal parts directly within CATIA v5 using innovative methods of processing solid model geometry data. This capability puts the power of cost trades directly in the hands of design engineers in their native environment. Users can now turn around cost estimates for sheet metal parts in minutes with the visibility of a detailed SEER for Manufacturing (SEER-MFG) analysis to back it up.
Design engineers can get feedback instantly. The result is an almost instant part cost model (based on industry standards) that is incredibly accurate. What-if and manufacturing trades can be quickly and easily assessed inside CATIA to optimize and minimize cost. Processes include: Pre-Form Operations, Form Operations, After Form Operations, Detailed Finishing Operations, Hole Drilling, Tool Prep, Tool Cleaning, Tool Fabrication and Design, Material Costs, and more.
BRINGING TOGETHER WORLD CLASS SOLUTIONS
CATIA is an advanced process-centric solution that allows manufacturers to reduce the time needed to design parts. It delivers tools to cover both the preliminary and detailed design phases while taking into account, even at the concept stage, the product's requirements for its manufacturability.
SEER for Manufacturing is a process centric approach to costing part manufacture, assembly, material, and tooling that enables rapid tradeoffs to help optimize design and cost. SEER for Manufacturing can work in the CATIA design environment or as a standalone costing solution.
Design and Manufacturing Working Hand in Hand
Costs are updated and refreshed as the design matures, responding to changes in shape, size, or materials. No longer is there a need to duplicate the effort of re-entering design data into cost models.
Templates and rules are fully customizable to fit users’ unique factory environments, labor rates, and processes. Estimates generated by designers can be incorporated into the cost process workflow, building a valuable bridge between Design and Manufacturing.
Hurry and request a demonstration of SEER <-> CATIA... and get ready to see your business get to the next level.