Bausch + Ströbel Optimizes Release Processes using BCT CheckIt
Time is money - with increasingly short-lived products, time-to-market plays a crucial role. For this reason, manufacturers are required to improve their productivity and shorten development times.
Hence, developing machinery and equipment, it is necessary to release assemblies and components early, to enable timely procurement and manufacturing.
In order to ensure this in the project context, the manufacturer of packaging machines Bausch + Ströbel has established a process for automatic checking and approval with the help of BCT CheckIt in Teamcenter.
"BCT CheckIt allows an easy and flexible validation of extensive assembly structures on plausibility and completeness of metadata, BOM structures, classification and change information and creates the conditions for a smooth further processing in subsequent processes."
Gruppenleiter EDV Organisation - Systeme Produktentstehung, Applikationen
Automated Recursive Assembly Release at Bausch + Ströbel
Bausch + Ströbel is a trusted and experienced supplier to the pharmaceutical industry specializing in filling and packaging systems.
B + S filling and packaging lines are used worldwide to fill syringes, vials and ampoules with high-grade liquid and powder pharmaceutical products. Applications range from cleaning and sterilization to labelling and syringe assembly.
The company is headquartered in Ilshofen and further produces in Büchen, where there is an additional assembly base.
The company is also represented in France, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia and the USA with its own sales and service companies and in Switzerland with the production of testing machines.
Realization using BCT CheckIt
For the implementation of a release process, it was necessary to validate new and changed assemblies for specific information. With the support of BCT, Bausch + Ströbel succeeded in establishing an effective process.
The approval process starts for the entire machine or main assemblies. The check occurs automatically in a workflow, but can also be started interactively by the user.
During the validation, the bill of materials of the machine is recursively resolved and the validation is applied to each contained component. Depending on various criteria, such as article type, item type or creation date, different checks are executed. Already released components are no longer validated.
The result of this validation process is displayed in a test protocol. The user thus receives an overview of missing release prerequisites and can correct them in the product structure.
After the validation, the release workflow starts automatically for all components, provided that all checks - for both, the assembly and all its children - are error-free.
This way Bausch + Ströbel releases complete systems with up to 30,000 components which corresponds to a number of approximately 5,000 -10,000 BOM lines in packed state.
Schematic Sequence of the Recursive Assembly Release
Extract of the Checks
- Mandatory fields - The listed attributes are defined as mandatory fields and must be filled out.
- Attribute check - Attributes must fulfill various criteria, such as length of the attribute value or permissible values for units of measure. Furthermore, attribute values are checked using regular expressions.
- Classification - Assemblies and production parts must be classified depending on the article type.
- BOM components - In case of production parts and assemblies, at least one raw material must be included as a semi-finished product.
- Documents and records - checking for existing documents, which must be also checked in.
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