Company: Huettenwerk Krupp-Mannesmann (HKM)
Project: One Digital Factory
Location: Duisburg, Germany
Unique challenge: Interdisciplinary work over more than twenty departments. HKM’s plant documentation and information was widely scattered throughout the organization and in many different formats including spreadsheets, standalone databases, thematic maps, the company’s plant maintenance system, some 3D plant and building models, and over half-a-million 2D drawings. Plant employees also held important information and expertise about the factory and company workflows, but there were no formal mechanisms to document or transfer this corporate knowledge.
Autodesk technology: Product Design Suite, Building Design Suite, Infrastructure Design Suite, Factory Design Suite, Autodesk InfraWorks, and Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server
Starting with a basic idea five years ago “One Digital Factory” now is almost realized and the steel factory Huettenwerk Krupp Mannesmann (HKM) has one single database (based on AutoCAD Map 3D and Oracle) for all infrastructure information; a successful data management with an interface with SAP; and connections to special programs (Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit) for CAD-users. After scanning parts as 3D Pointclounds and using areal photogrammetry a complete 3D model within Autodesk InfraWorks for each user and worker in the factory is available.
"We are using Autodesk as #1 provider for Engineering Software for years with AutoCAD and Inventor. Due to Autodesk market share, we are able to pick the best service partners, which helps us to stay more independent. Thanks to the low learning curve of the products, our employees use Autodesk products throughout the design and planning, manage and maintenance processes. With Man and Machine we found a strategic partner for our digital factory project.” Ernst Loeffler, Project Manager ISYDIF, HKM,
This reduces the redundancy, which they experienced in the past. Long term, thanks to non-contradictory 2D and 3D data, HKM can benefit in the following ways:
- The company can boost their productivity between different departments of HKM
- Reduce lead times in decision making,
- Optimize the information input and processing
- Increase the availability of human resources
- Reduces searching time
The new system can also be used as a knowledge base for new employees to increase their knowledge of the complex environment called “digital factory”.
Within the project the most impressive thing was the visualization of the complex cocking plant. Now, the entire company has access to the complete 3D model of HKM. Now, HKM is exploring if 3D visualization can help to find a better, harmonized and faster decision. Watch the additional video overview of the project here.
Reseller: Man and Machine SE, Germany
Sub-Contractor for 3D modeling: Schildwächter Ingenieure, Germany
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