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Vienna University of Technology: PTC Windchill Case Study

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In this Case Study, we'll delve into the integration of LCA into a PDM system using PTC Windchill at Vienna University, providing an education in both product development PDM systems and an education in the field of eco design.

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Vienna University of Technology: PTC Windchill Case Study

  1. 1. PTC.comPage 1 of 3 | Vienna University of Technology PTC Academic Program Vienna University of Technology Implementing product lifecyle learning for students to understand environmental impacts of their engineering designs Engineering jobs have changed. The globalization of the design process, increased product complexity, and increased regulatory pressure has made understanding Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), the importance of collaboration, and environmental impacts a necessary skill for graduates. The Vienna University of Technology is on the forefront of the evolution of engineering education, and has created a Product Data Management platform (PDM) using PTC Windchill® as a solution for designing projects for their collaborative Peter Haas
  2. 2. PTC.comPage 2 of 3 | Vienna University of Technology PTC Academic Program Mechatronic Product Development program. This program allows students to focus on the how to reduce to the environmental impacts of their designs over the entire lifecycle of a product while collaborating with schools across Austria. The Vienna University of Technology is one of the major universities in Austria, providing an advanced education for its 26,000 students through the eight faculties that focus mainly on engineering and natural science. Faced with the challenge of a lack of interdisciplinary collaboration in design projects between the technical and vocational schools in Austria, the university decided to develop a PDM platform in order to foster cohesive design participation among several national technical and vocational schools. Five Higher Technical Institutes (HTBLA Linz-Litec, HTBLVA Graz-Bulme, HTBLA Zeltweg, HTBLA Eisenstadt, and HTBLA Steyr) are involved in a collaborative project to test the PDM platform by creating an electric screwdriver under the coordination of the project director, Univ. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Gerhard. Each high school has to create collaborative components to the final project. The screwdriver itself is grouped into four main assemblies: Housing, drill chuck, gear, and power unit. The four main assemblies were designed in different computer-aided design (CAD) systems, including PTC Creo® , and all design data was managed inside of PTC Windchill for the creation of a single product structure and product visualization. The students were then required to define each environmental parameter queried through PTC Windchill and to generate an environmental report. “ The collaboration solution based on PTC Windchill provided the students with an excellent platform to work under real conditions of professional life, especially since the area of product development with international collaboration is essential in the engineering industry today.“ Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andreas Probst MSc, HTL Linz Litec Throughout the project, students have the opportunity to conduct a Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) to understand the entire impact of their design. In PTC Windchill, they are able to report on inventory data, impact category results, integrate their results into the PDM platform, and develop environmental assessments of product parts and assemblies. By doing so, they can edit their designs to reduce environmental impact as needed.
  3. 3. PTC.comPage 3 of 3 | Vienna University of Technology PTC Academic Program “ With PTC Windchill, we can enable students to perform eco-design engineering. This is very valuable for engineering education as a whole.“ Ing. Paul Fürli, HTL BULME Graz The Vienna University of Technology’s program provides engineering students with real-world challenges and solutions that are currently faced within the industry. By providing them with the knowledge around the environmental impact of their designs and the practice of global collaboration, these students will be better prepared to become the engineers of the future. The students were shown a basic insight in eco-design, which led to the demand for a tool that enables sustainable product development. PTC Windchill facilitated the integration of LCA into the PDM system, which had a twofold advantage: Education in the use of a cooperative mechatronic product development PDM systems and education in the field of eco-design. To learn more about implementing collaboration into your engineering curriculum, please contact an academic advisor. © 2014, PTC Inc. (PTC). All rights reserved. Information described herein is furnished for informational use only, is subject to change without notice, and should not be taken as a guarantee, commitment, condition or offer by PTC. PTC, the PTC logo, Product Service Advantage, Creo, Elements/Direct, Windchill, Mathcad and all other PTC product names and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of PTC and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. All other product or company names are property of their respective owners. J3596–Vienna University of Technology–EN–0314

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