Nissan Diesel Motor has teamed up with IBM and Dassault Systemes to create a vehicle configuration management system for use in the production of its new trucks.
The management system is based on a product called Enovia, an IBM PLM solution developed by Dassault Systemes, for product data, lifecycle management and decision support.
Nissan decided to use Enovia’s Digital Mock-up Navigator to manage and connect truck component data as the vehicle passes through its development lifecycle (from design to manufacturing). By simulating manufacturing processes using DMU Navigator, Nissan Diesel can detect errors in the early stages of production planning.
Today, truck development involves more components and more complex assembly combinations than the development of passenger cars. Nissan Diesel said that it considered it crucial to establish a system to efficiently manage its vehicle configurations, and its configuration management system has shortened the cycle time required to create a vehicle layout by 90%.
Building a system capable of managing the amount of data involved in the layout of an entire truck requires a considerable amount of time and energy, Osamu Mitsuhashi, manager of information systems planning at Nissan Diesel said. Thanks to this system, the communication between our design and production technology divisions has improved. We expect our vehicle configuration management system, based on PLM solutions, to save development costs.