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Adopting and Managing Teamcenter 8 at Wagstaff

Adopting and Managing Teamcenter 8 at Wagstaff



This is a case study in the challenges we faced at Wagstaff in migrating our Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering groups from our legacy custom PDM & document control systems to Teamcenter 8. ...

This is a case study in the challenges we faced at Wagstaff in migrating our Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering groups from our legacy custom PDM & document control systems to Teamcenter 8. We’ll address our strategies for data migration, CAD integration, customization, training, and support, as well as the reasons we took the direction we did. Lastly, we’ll talk about how we work with our corporate IT team to implement our methodologies for managing Teamcenter.



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  • Wagstaff designs direct chill aluminum casting equipment. We sell our products worldwide to aluminum smelters, remelters and recyclers. The machines cast round billets of varying diameters to be extruded, long rectangular ingots to be rolled into plate or sheet, or cut for machining.

Adopting and Managing Teamcenter 8 at Wagstaff Adopting and Managing Teamcenter 8 at Wagstaff Presentation Transcript

  • Adopting and Managing Teamcenter 8 at Wagstaff
    Rick Stavanja, CAD Manager
    Dave Stockdale, CAD Support
    Wagstaff, Inc.
  • Wagstaff - The World Leader in Aluminum Casting Equipment
  • About Wagstaff
    Wagstaff, Inc., a 63-year-old, Spokane, Washington based manufacturer, provides machinery, technology, and service to enable aluminum producers to transform molten aluminum into solid shapes – “billets” (rounds) and “ingots” (slabs) using “direct chill” casting.
    Wagstaff develops, engineers, designs, and manufactures sophisticated molds, casting machines, automated systems, and ancillary equipment at our Spokane and Kentucky facilities and has commissioned systems in 54 countries.
  • Session Expectations
    Attended PLM Connection 2009
    Applied for 3 sessions for 2010
    Teamcenter is not yet live at Wagstaff
    Session is a case study of how we got to where we are today in the planning for setup, configuration and deployment of Tc8
    Sorry, no code today
  • CAD Administration Group (CADmin)
    Dept. began in 2007 w/3D CAD Adopted
    Independent of IT Department
    Answer to the Engineering Department
    We are an Engineering-specific IT department
    18 mos. ago added Dave Stockdale and took on goal of implementing Teamcenter
  • CADmin Philosophy
    Make the Right Way the Easy Way
  • Wagstaff CAD History
    • Began using CAD & CAM in the mid-1980s
    • AutoCAD for Design
    • UG CAM (Uniapt) for Manufacturing
    • UG CAD for Mold Design (1998)
    • Wagstaff Drawing Management (1994)
    • AutoCAD (.dwg) & UG (.plt)
    • Wagstaff Document Control (1995)
  • Legacy Drawing & Document Control
    Wagstaff developed two systems internally dating back to the early 1990s
    System to Track Engineering Drawings
    System to Track Corporate Documents
    Both are VB6 Programs Utilizing Microsoft Access Databases
    Tracking 118,897 discrete files & 125,433 total revisions (1.05 revisions/file)
  • Drawing Control
    AutoCAD (.dwg)
    NX (.plt)
    * Teamcenter
  • Document Control
    Corporate Documents
    Legal Docs, Policies, etc.
    Standards, Practices, etc.
    Word Documents, Spreadsheets, PDF Files, Flow Charts, etc.
  • Other Wagstaff Corporate Systems
    Lotus Notes
    Corporate ‘Intranet’
    Corporate ERP
    BOM Management
  • Other Wagstaff Engineering Tools
    AutoCAD 2004/2007
    Autodesk Inventor
    Flow 6 & Visio
    Variety of Open Source Tools & Utilities
  • Engineering Department Structure
    Mechanical Engineering
    Billet Tables (AutoCAD)
    Ingot Tables (AutoCAD)
    Special Products (AutoCAD)
    Mold Design (NX)
    Mfg Engineering (NX)
    R&D (NX, SolidWorks)
  • Existing Folder/File Structures
  • Wagstaff “Seed” Model Strategy
    Parametric Models of our Standard Products
    Use “Expressions” Tied to Spreadsheets
    Spreadsheets Contain User Inputs for Various Configuration Inputs for the Product
    Once Parameters are Entered, the User Can Regenerate the Seed Model to Match the Parameters in the Spreadsheet
  • Ingot Mold Seed Model
  • Billet Table Seed Model
  • Seed Model Inventory
  • Teamcenter Strategy/Config
    Teamcenter 8.1 (Unified)
    Simple PDM Functionality Only
    Vaulting but no Workflows Initially
    No Multi-Site Needs Initially (2-tier only)
    Initially a Single Volume Server
    Implement NX Reuse Library
    IT Mandated Oracle Database **
    Sync Revs of Seed Models w/External Configuration Input Spreadsheets
  • Calculating Teamcenter Storage
    Files in Drawing Management
    118897 total files
    118,897 discrete part number files
    125,433 sum of all files & revisions
    1.05 revs/part
  • Teamcenter Storage
    J: & L: Drives – (NX & AC) Proj. Data, Std Parts
    1TB SAN Vol / 580GB Used
    N: & V: Drives – Personal Data (mod. redundancy)
    3TB SAN Vol / 2TB Used
    Note: Initially, Only Current & New Projects Migrated, Legacy Projects Don’t
  • Live Teamcenter Server
    Single 2-Tier Server Config
    2 Local Drives, 1 SAN Drive
    C: 70GB
    D: 300GB
    E: 1TB (SAN)
  • Deployment Strategy
    Test 2-Tier Server Config on TCTEST2 Server
    Test Client Configs in Limited Staged Env.
    IT Mandates Scripted Installs Currently
    Basic Teamcenter User Training via Learning Advantage
    Short PhysicalClass in Wagstaff-Specific Processes
    Seed Cloning / Reuse Library / Project Release / etc…
  • Deployment & Live Support
    EngNet will Be Portal for Training and Support Issues
    Video Library (Wagstaff-specific)
    Learning Advantage (Generic Teamcenter)
    EngNet will be hub for CADmin service and system monitoring
    Log of Update script Execution
    Logs of trouble tickets
    User discussion forums
  • Wagstaff Engineering Net Intranet
    • Per customer defaults, it is the home page within NX
    • Users have access to our growing library of how-to videos
    • Covers Wagstaff specific training purposes.
  • Engineering Net Help & Support
    • Users also have access to Tc install page
    • Users install & update Teamcenter
    • For now scripted manual installs only
    • Additional Links Learning Advantage Training
  • Engineering Net CADmin Tools
    • Allows CADmin to monitor system / Teamcenter / NX update history and client workstation issues
  • Final Teamcenter 8.1 Implementation
  • Teamcenter Roadmap
    Migrate Design BOM to Teamcenter & Export it to JDE on release to Mfg Engineering
    Automate NX Integration Issues
    Automate some basic Wagstaff-specific tasks in Teamcenter
    Closer Integration with JDE
    Begin Adding Basic Workflows
  • PTS: A Simpler NX Seed Model UI
  • Thank You!Rick Stavanja, PLM Managerrick.stavanja@wagstaff.com
    Siemens PLM Connection 2010
    Dallas, TX
    June 28-July 2