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The Importance of Effective Documentation Behind Successfully Engineered Products:
Successful product development companies effectively capture and protect their intellectual property (IP). IP includes the intangible assets that go into the development of a product and/or service. They are valuable in proving ownership and as well as providing leverage for future products. However, the analyses that support and validate those products and services are often stored on personal hard-drives, thumbdrives,
and lab notebooks. This spread of data storage makes it challenging for companies to
successfully manage the development of their IP. With increasing design complexity, it is crucial to document and capture key analyses used to determine which, how, and why design decisions were made. It is rare for a product to be developed entirely from scratch, without relying on any existing IP. Many successful products result from the redesign of earlier products. Yet during conversations about product development processes, customers often remark, “We find ourselves re-engineering our own products, products that we designed and built.” In these situations, engineers might as well start from scratch. Mission critical IP, which was created and then lost, now must be recreated. Reuse of analyses saves time and money. When engineers re-design, re-create, or re-engineer IP, they abandon the benefits of reuse. This is the most apparent when a company develops a new product that is a variant of an older model. Re-deriving calculations is unproductive. Merely saving the calculations, whether it be a lab notebook or digital documents, is not enough to solve this problem. New engineers and teams tasked with the re-design must navigate through mazes of data and calculations. This often leads them to give up and start from scratch. Being able to leverage prior work requires implementation of standards and processes that everyone follows. Mathcad®, the engineering calculation software from PTC, can be used to optimize product design. More importantly, it captures this information and provides a way to formalize the aforementioned standards and processes. Combining computation with
supporting text and graphics in one platform makes Mathcad worksheets easily readable and comprehensible. This readability, coupled with a powerful math engine for data analyses, makes Mathcad an automatic documentation tool that allows
engineers to communicate with both internal and external stakeholders.
This white paper outlines PTC’s vision for best practices to standardize engineering calculations in a product development system and highlights Mathcad’s role as the critical communication tool to document the valuable IP behind every successfully engineered product.
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