June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Engineering Design Graphics
This paper explores the implementation of a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system in an academic scenario similar to the way it is used in industry. The goal is to familiarize students with the specific workflows and processes associated with these systems, so they can be better prepared for their future roles within industry. Students in the Virtual Project Integration (VPI) major in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University become skilled at using standalone Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and receive basic instruction in the concepts PLM and the Digital Thread. However, they are not sufficiently exposed to CAD in the context of PLM. Consequently, when VPI students enter the workforce in the form of internships or full-time employment, their limited knowledge of and lack of experience with PLM systems are not sufficient to be able to effectively work within the context of one. To address this issue, we will use Aras Innovator, a highly customizable open-source web-based PLM system, to administrate a freshman level CAD course at Purdue University. Nearly everything that the course involves (e.g., weekly course content, assignment submissions and group projects) is managed through Aras Innovator instead of Blackboard Learn, Purdue’s standard web-based Learning Management System (LMS). Through the PLM environment, students will be introduced to predesigned workflows used for releasing parts, revision management, and question submission through collaboration tools. Implementation of the system is being performed gradually and still ongoing. The success of the project will be determined by how well the students are able to learn, navigate and utilize the PLM system to complete their course work. This will be reported by the student’s achievement in the class as well as feedback from the students themselves. We aim to integrate an industry level PLM system into an academic environment which can better prepare students for their future careers than current strategies that do not actively use PLM systems. Our system could be the basis of a new way to teach PLM that will allow students to consistently interact with workflows, experience part release and revision creating in a PLM environment, and gain experience using these key industry tasks.
Del Re, K. J., & Yun, S., & Kozikowski, E. J., & Fuerst, T., & Camba, J. D. (2019, June), Integrating a Product Life-Cycle Management System into a Freshman Level Classroom Environment Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32981
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