Since most companies use 3D models not only in product development, but also in manufacturing and assembly department, one would assume that they already said goodbye to classic 2D drawings.

But what's really state of the art in manufacturing companies?

To find it out, we launched a survey and already had 65 participants (at the time of evaluation) from the following industries:


The survey was divided into the following areas:

  • Design Data
  • Technical Data Package
  • Change and Configuration Management Data
  • External and Internal Manufacturing Data Exchange
  • Quality Requirements, Planning, and Inspection Code Generation
  • Enterprise Collaboration and Data Exchange


Below we will show you the detailed survey results and some possible solution approaches in the field "Quality Requirements, Planning, and Inspection Code Generation".

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Survey Results in the Field of "Quality Requirements, Planning, and Inspection Code Generation"

Survey-Results Quality Requirements, Planning, and Inspection Code Generation Survey-Results Quality Requirements, Planning, and Inspection Code Generation

Solution Approaches for Drawingless Quality Requirements, Planning, and Inspection Code Generation

Quality Management in the Product Development Process

In the product development process large amounts of different data are generated, that are important for quality management as they contain basic knowledge for the continuous improvement of product and process quality. BCT Inspector is a tool that facilitates the extraction of valuable knowledge from virtual product development by generating quality-relevant characteristic data.

Using the BCT tool, unique (critical) characteristics of a part can be identified, ballooned and extracted.

By ballooning, the features are clearly numbered throughout the entire life cycle of the part. The user can balloon the characteristics manually directly in the CAD model in Solid Edge or NX (or alternatively in the JT model outside of the CAD system) or have them generated automatically at the push of a button.

In addition, the ballooning process also can be done in the background, e.g. integrated into a release workflow in the PDM system Teamcenter. Or in NX Check-Mate - e.g. if a check is meant to ensure that the drawing corresponds with the model or that they are up-to-date. In this case, NX Check-Mate and BCT Inspector can generate or update the ballooning in the background.

The integration of both 2D data and 3D model information allows a smooth migration without data loss from a drawing oriented working to a future completely 3D model oriented data processing for quality management.

  • Automatic generation of the characteristic list (in the background)
  • Characteristic data associated with drawing and 3D model
  • Graphical comparison of model and drawing changes and generation of change documentations

In the following playlist contains interesting videos about BCT Inspector.

BCT Inspector Model Ballooned
Ballooned model
BCT Inspector drawing balloned
Ballooned drawing

In addition, BCT Inspector helps with the transfer of tolerance values ​​for the creation of automatic machine test programs. NX CMM Inspection allows you to create comprehensive machine testing programs for Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), with which you can perform complete inspection processes.

To create test programs, the application uses model-based PMI information. If, however, no tolerances are specified in the PMI, these are missing as default for the measurement. BCT Inspector closes this gap by passing tolerances that are stored for the individual characteristics (standard tolerances) to NX CMM Inspection.

Quality throughout the product lifecycle

The quality of products and processes throughout the product lifecycle is a prerequisite for achieving company goals. Quality largely determines the competitiveness of all manufacturers, and high quality standards require integration of quality processes in all manufacturing companies.

IBS QMS supports product ideation, realization and utilization.

Research and development, construction and work scheduling

The basis for high product and process quality is established in areas of research and development, construction and work scheduling. IBS QMS helps support these processes with:

  • Advanced product quality planning (APQP)/project management
  • Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA)
  • Control plan
  • Process flow chart
  • Inspection planning
  • Product part approval process (PPAP)

Procurement, manufacturing and assembly processes

Product manufacturing has always been a classic field of application for computer-aided quality (CAQ) systems. Executing incoming goods control with IBS QMS based on random samples and dynamic tables is an important aspect of that. The supplier assessment tool incorporates processes for determining product and/or quality delivery and the evaluation of delivery reliability. Subjective criteria, such as price-performance ratios or supplier reaction times can also be considered.

Inspections carried out within product manufacturing are documented in the QMS Statistical Process Control (SPC) inspection module. This module can handle inspections carried out during product development, such as maturity level analyses, as well as inspections monitored within the scope of SPC.

The QMS Gage Management module is a multi-phase solution that can help you implement gage calibration and administration processes. Gages are required for planning and executing inspections and, therefore, are subject to traceability documentation.

Final inspection, service and sales

By using IBS QMS, you will have optimum support for all processes, from the creation of customer-specific inspection reports with individual characteristics from various manufacturing processes to documentation of the final inspection.

The use of the QMS Concern and Complaint Management (CCM) module enables your complaint acquisition, analysis and evaluation processes. The timely handling of complaints is of particular importance in the automotive industry. The automatic portal request – supporting German Automotive Association (VDA)/quality data exchange (QDX) standard format – plays an important role. The resulting evaluations and vulnerability analyses are of great significance to the further development of products and processes.

BCT Inspector in IBS QMS

To carry out the inspection planning in IBS QMS, the characteristic data or "requirements" from the 3D model must be known. BCT Inspector can transfer this information to IBS QMS, where they can be used for effective quality management.


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