ASI Automates BOM Creation with Autodesk Fusion 360 Manage and IMAGINiT Pulse
Founded in 1972, ASI has a long history of meeting client needs in an increasingly competitive space. To help maintain and even enhance their competitive advantage, they decided to replace the paper-heavy process between engineering and manufacturing with a technology solution. They needed the solution to automatically create a bill of materials (BOM) based on input from engineering and deliver it to manufacturing.
The manufacturing team at ASI, was spending a lot of time reviewing design documents provided by the engineering team and then creating spreadsheets of the materials needed for each job. “Automating the process would save time in communicating the list of needed material, asking and answering questions, and avoiding costly and time-consuming errors.” said Mike Wohletz, CAD Manager, ASI.
A team from IMAGINiT met with ASI to understand their current processes and their desired goals. They developed a solution that included: Customizing Autodesk Fusion 360 Manage software, a cloud-based product lifecycle management software, to automatically create a BOM for the manufacturing department with data input from the engineering department. And implementing IMAGINiT Pulse middleware, a SaaS-based business systems integration platform, to act as a bridge between their existing Autodesk Vault software that houses the data to Fusion 360 Manage
“We thoroughly tested the software, and are now busy adding our data to it,” said Mike. “A group of 15 to 20 designers and engineers will begin using it immediately, and eventually we will roll it out to the entire team of 125.” He continued, “Our manufacturing team will greatly benefit from receiving the BOMs electronically instead of having to create them manually, and our engineering team will have better control over change management. We will all be able to track product revisions and reliably work from the current data on any given project.”
“We appreciate IMAGINiT’s expertise in Autodesk software and knowledge transfer,” said Mike. “We are now set up for faster and more accurate communications between engineering and manufacturing, which we expect to lead to additional projects and satisfied customers.”
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