Integrating Product Design and Analysis Models. An Overview of ProAM: Product Data-Driven Analysis in a Missile Supply Chain
Peak, R.S. (1999) 21st Century Commerce Expo, Assoc. for Enterprise Integration (AFEI), San Diego, CA, Track 7, Session 3.
ProAM has focused on improving missile electronics through advanced engineering analysis integration and delivery. This effort has addressed barriers to small & medium-sized enterprise (SME) analysis of product physical behavior with the involvement of two SMEs in the U. S. Army AMCOM supply chain. Resulting tools include U-Engineer.com, a self/full-serve Internet-based engineering service bureau (ESB) with highly automated analysis modules for printed wiring board (PWB) fabricators and designers. General ESB and analysis integration techniques underlying U-Engineer.com are highlighted including a) SME usage of CORBA-wrapped analysis solvers, and b) product data-driven analysis techniques employing emerging standards like ISO STEP AP210 and IPC GenCAM/GenX in a highly automated plug-and-play manner.
SME and Prime utilization of U-Engineer.com is highlighted, including evaluating design/process alternatives and increasing awareness of potential issues. Experience has shown that ProAM technology excels at delivering automated product-specific analysis to places it has never gone before. Additional envisioned applications include analysis module catalogs for other industries and company-specific Internet/Intranet-based ESBs.