When installing manufacturing facilities, many different groups work on the design and layout, ranging from the basic architecture, to the planning of the layout, to even the industrial engineering. External suppliers like line builders and equipment vendors also play important roles during the design stage. It can be very difficult to ensure that these different groups communicate and collaborate effectively. Many of these teams have only access to data from their own points of view and this can cause a feeling of “disconnect.” In such large projects, if there isn’t efficient communication and collaboration, if the resources are not standardized, there can be breakdowns in revision control, release management and, furthermore, misinformation regarding the supply chain network.
In Context Editor (ICE) is a managed and collaborative data environment that allows many diverse teams to work together. A plant’s overall productivity rises in parallel to the reduction of non-value added tasks associated with the management of large volumes of facility data. ICE makes it easier to focus on value-added activities such as the coordination of the many disciplines within the organization and the supply chain network, which in turn can transform the layout and facility engineering processes.
With ICE, structures in Teamcenter can easily be configured. Once the structures are created, users can work on them with ICE, instead of having to open them in AutoCAD® or FactoryCAD. In ICE, users can select the nodes they want to work with, without worrying about parent-child relationships (reference data) inside their structures, for ICE manages these for the user, making it much easier to focus on the tasks at hand. Key Capabilities and Benefits
- Utilizes a factory tree structure for simple selection of elements.
- Allows use of multiple drawings from different notes within the same session.
- Makes it possible to seamlessly move objects from one dataset to another.
- Allows user to work offline from Teamcenter.
- Supports versioning, effectivity, and the making of incremental changes.
- Allows the user to build within their own context.
- Eliminates the reliance on native external CAD reference data.
- Effectively communicates design principles to layout engineers.
- Helps avoid layout deficiencies among various teams.
- Controls and accounts for factory data with Teamcenter.