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Use Cases Across the Enterprise

Design -- Manufacturing -- Service Parts -- Supply Chain -- IT

A part’s geometry is not only synonymous with its function… but is also highly correlated with it’s price, manufacturing process and performance.

Therefore, the ability to capture a part’s geometry in a manner that is comprehensive, concise and comparable enables numerous use cases.   

Three use cases are profiled below.  

"One can quibble with the committee’s methods of computing costs. And the DoD analysis ignores the cost of making tooling for redundant parts, which can add tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars to the cost of each part. But the conclusion of the authors - that unnecessary parts bloat costs - is inescapable.”


Shape Indexing May Help Part Re-use, Stephen Wolfe, P.E., Cyon Research Corporation

The table below uses the Dept. of Defense calculations, just a 15% redundancy rate compared to the 30% to 40% rate found by Aberdeen Group, and adds no additional average cost for tooling or fixtures to compute an estimated annual return on investment.  

iSEEK provides three applications which can be deployed independently or in concert to foster and also create accountability for reuse.  

Consolidation / Standardization

Engineering has lagged far behind other business domains in the ability to apply analytics to engineering data like CAD.

Using 5-year carrying cost reported in the Dept. of Defense study, and a 15% redundancy rate, produces the estimated return on investment shown in the table below.  

Price Variance Discovery

Parts that are highly similar, allowing for material, tolerance and finish of course should have highly similar costs.  But too often there are substantial differences in cost even when identical parts are purchased from different vendors.  

CADseek Analytics is a road map for finding highly similar parts with material differences in cost.  

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