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Glossary

Terms and definitions to help you understand the foundational elements of PLM software

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3D CAD is a robust technology that allows engineers and product developers to digitally create, test and document three-dimensional objects.

3D modeling describes the use of software tools, such as computer-aided design (CAD) programs, to create 3D digital representations of objects.

3D printing is an additive manufacturing method for the creation of a solid, three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) digital file.

3D software development is used to build software that helps design engineers create and modify three-dimensional models and digital prototypes of new products.

Camstar’s Acceptable Quality Level (AQL) Sampling feature allows users to model and execute standard sampling plans, such as ANSI Z1.4 or C=0, or custom defined sampling plans.

Camstar Interoperability is: robust, to interoperate directly with any application, EAI or shop floor system; flexible, as it works concurrently with multiple systems and transport mechanisms.

Camstar Interoperability is an end-to-end solution that provides complete, configurable integration with your ERP environment through pre-defined, standard touchpoints.

Additive manufacturing refers to adding layer-upon-layer of material using data-driven automation to form a product.

Aerospace composites are high performance raw materials used in the design and development of aircraft components.

ALM is the process of managing all of a software application’s project planning and executions stages, from conception through to discontinuation.

Assembly automation uses technology to minimizing the manual labor requirements of component manufacturing.

Automated fiber placement (AFP) uses computer-controlled machines to place fiber reinforcements in the fabrication of composite materials.

Automotive lightweighting is an engineering concept focused on reducing the weight of vehicle designs without compromising safety or performance.

CAD CAM is the integration of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing software for easy design-change management, concurrent design conception and flexible manufacturing process configuration—especially for the design and manufacturing of prototypes and finished parts.

CAD (computer-aided design) software is used to create, analyze and change 2D and 3D designs and models in a digital environment rather than using manual drafting methods.

CAD student software is functionally the same as the commercial version, but with a different licensing agreement.

Camstar Interoperability is an infrastructure that enables enterprise-wide, standards-based integration in your existing systems environment.

Understanding actual throughput, yield, cycle times and as-built product quality data enable more accurate capacity planning and product designs.

Component software is designed to work within a larger application to provide that application with new tools and functionality.

Composite tooling refers to the use of composites as raw materials in the engineering of tools for the manufacturing of new parts or product components.

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the use of computer software to simulate performance in order to improve product designs or assist in the resolution of engineering problems for a wide range of industries.

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) commonly refers to the use of numerical control (NC) computer software applications to create detailed instructions (G-code) that drive computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools for manufacturing parts.

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer programs to create, modify, analyze and document 2D or 3D graphical representations of physical objects.

Conditions of supply are design specifications for components that the supplier is contractually obligated to follow.

With configure-to-order, customers make custom selections of product components that a vendor then uses to build the product upon placement of the order.

With configurable searches you can identify material that may be at risk based on unique criteria – such as units that used a component lot and were then processed on a particular machine during a specific shift.

Convergent Modeling technology enables facet data and B-Rep models to be combined in a unified 3D modeling environment.

CAPA software helps enterprises identify product quality issues, devise solutions to those issues, and monitor related outcomes.

Camstar Manufacturing is designed to easily integrate with shop floor equipment, collecting data, tracking results and alerting on process control limits and suspect trends.

Design simulation helps manufacturers verify and validate the intended function and manufacturability of a product under development.

A digital enterprise is a company where all business processes are driven by digital technology and big data.

Digital manufacturing is the use of an integrated, computer-based system comprised of simulation, 3D visualization, analytics and collaboration tools to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously.

Digital transformation is the process of digitalizing business processes and information in the pursuit of a more agile and efficient business model.

Digitalization is the analysis and application of digital data insights to improve products, processes, and operations.

Digitalization in education refers to the use of digital technology to teach students.

Camstar’s Dispatch Management shows operators the work-in-process priorities prescribed by production planners and schedulers.

Camstar’s manufacturing process design and modeling capabilities enable the process design early during product design, allowing more rapid and reliable transition to manufacturing during new product introductions.

The Camstar Enterprise Platform provides an electronic batch record that is a complete manufacturing audit trail of every batch produced

In medical devices and diagnostics (MD&D) manufacturing, manufacturers must keep a record of products that are produced.

Camstar’s Electronic Procedures are step-by-step instructions or tasks that automatically guide an operator progressively through work at a work station.

E-Signatures denote accountability and record particular activity details by the signer in the electronic manufacturing audit trail.

Engineer-to-order is a manufacturing process where a vendor works with a customer to design and engineer a product before manufacturing it.

An engineering academy is a sponsored program that provides high school or college students with real-world engineering experience and training.

Engineering automation tools use pre-defined rules to automatically create designs, write documentation, and do other repetitive engineering processes.

Understand global implications of local events by aggregating data across distributed sites to understand relationships among events and trends.

The Camstar Enterprise Platform is the foundation for top-tier global manufacturers and product innovators to enable design for quality, lean manufacturing, supplier quality, rapid NPI, and higher profit margins.

Environmental management software (EMS) provides a manageable framework that helps enterprises use sustainable raw materials and reduce waste.

Camstar’s Maintenance Management electronically tracks equipment usage and manages preventative maintenance and corrective maintenance.

Camstar’s Event Management creates a centralized view of quality performance to prevent patterns that lead to poor quality.

Fiber orientation refers to the simulation of the placement of fibers in the fabrication of composite materials.

Finite element analysis (FEA) is the modeling of products and systems in a virtual environment, for the purpose of finding and solving potential (or existing) structural or performance issues.

Camstar’s Flow Management controls and enforces the flow of materials through the manufacturing process

Products, components and supplied materials are completely traceable, with “where used” analysis provided at the touch of a button.

Generative design is an engineering approach that uses algorithms to discover every possible iteration of a solution.

A geometric constraint solver is an application that applies parameters to geometric features in two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) designs.

A geometric modeling kernel is component software that provides 3D solid modeling tools to CAD software users in the manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction industries

Camstar Manufacturing enforces engineering changes immediately or as specified by an effectivity date, ensuring that new processes are adhered to.

Camstar Manufacturing allows manufacturers to define and distribute processes and engineering changes to any global factory.

Incoming Quality is the establishment and maintenance of inspection processes that identify defective or out-of-spec parts from suppliers.

Industry 4.0 is a concept that describes the use of digitalization and networked technology to create the 4th industrial revolution.

Immediate access to relevant contextual data facilitates the investigation process when something goes wrong.

Configurable, simple forms guide users through instructions, data collection and events - responding to the way people work and maximizing efficiency.

Camstar Label Printing automatically prints product and tracking labels from original specifications and real-time manufacturing data.

Lean and Six-Sigma initiatives are driven by data to establish baseline measurements, identify improvements, and analyze results,

In manufacturing, lot traceability is readily-available access to the complete history of all manufactured lots, batches and serialized units, spanning production in multiple plants.

Get access to the complete as-manufactured record (electronic Device, Batch or Lot History) with the touch of a button.

Manufacturing compliance comprises the technical, legal, and corporate requirements, regulations, and practices manufacturers must comply with in order to produce and market products.

Camstar's Enterprise Manufacturing Execution and Quality systems help you create lean manufacturing and production control practices and flow.

Manufacturing education uses PLM tools to teach students about simulation, robotics, manufacturing processes, facilities planning, and more.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are software solutions that ensure quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process and are proactively and systematically enforced.

Manufacturing operations management (MOM) software provides full visibility into manufacturing processes to optimize manufacturing operations performance.

Manufacturing quality is conformance to specifications. Quality of design and conformance to specifications provide the fundamental basis for managing operations to produce quality products.

Manufacturing simulation is the use of computer modeling to test manufacturing procedures before physically building them.

Mechatronic system simulation, also referred to as one-dimensional computer-aided engineering (1D CAE), is an approach to modeling and analyzing multi-domain systems, and thus predicting their multidisciplinary performance.

Medical Device & Diagnostic (MD&D) Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are software solutions that ensure quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process.

Modal analysis is the study of the dynamic properties of linear structures, based on structural testing or finite element analysis-based simulation.

Model based systems engineering is a methodology that creates and shares domain models to help systems engineers to exchange information.

Noise and vibration testing is the analysis of products for quality via the detection of noises and vibrations that indicate faulty systems or parts.

A manufacturing nonconformance is an unexpected event that occurs in the manufacturing process that deviates from a set standard or requirement.

Color-coded indicators of current Yield, Throughput and Cycle Time help operators meet goals and raise issues before they create production problems.

Camstar’s Operator Training and Certification automatically ensures that only qualified employees perform prescribed shop-floor and quality functions.

Paperless manufacturing refers to the use of software-based electronic systems to monitor and enforce manufacturing production processes, while capturing all information associated with production records.

Part manufacturing is the process of following a specialized plan in order to fabricate products that meet their design goals.

Understand product performance throughout manufacturing and field use to advance quality by design and continuous improvement.

Monitor performance and exceptions, with automatically triggered alerts to solve the highest impact problems first.

Personalized Ad hoc queries answer critical questions and provide the results to take systematic actions on affected materials

Predictive engineering analytics combines multidiscipline simulation, test and intelligent analytics to predict product performance throughout the lifecycle.

Camstar Manufacturing enforces the as-designed process, ensuring the right procedures, operators, equipment and materials are being used, in the right sequence at the right time.

Camstar Manufacturing is designed to easily integrate with shop floor equipment, collecting data, tracking results and alerting on process control limits and suspect trends.

Product data management (PDM) is the use of software to manage product data and process-related information in a single, central system.

PLM software manages information throughout the entire product lifecycle from ideation, design and manufacture through service and disposal.

Quality Management Systems (QMS) are software solutions that provide the procedures, processes, structure, and resources necessary to streamline manufacturing and ERP operations and cost effectively manage quality issues.

Camstar Interoperability’s solution helps you get the most out of your ERP, PLM and CRM applications.

The core mandate that guides FDA regulatory oversight is consumer safety.

Camstar’s resource management capabilities provide the ability to manage all of the tools and equipment used in the manufacturing process.

Reverse engineering is the process of deconstructing a thing to learn how it works, what it’s made of, and how it is assembled.

The Manufacturing Audit Trail is the basis for the complete electronic as-manufactured Device History Record.

Semiconductor Manufacturing Execution Systems (semiconductor MES) serve as the intermediary between a business system such as ERP and a manufacturer's plant floor control equipment.

Shop floor control comprises the methods and systems used to prioritize, track, and report against production orders and schedules.

Camstar Interoperability’s robust service-oriented architecture (SOA) unifies the many applications that operate in a manufacturing environment.

SPC applies statistical process control to quality and defect data that is collected during the manufacturing process, allowing manufacturers to identify, analyze, and solve potential problems while production continues – before equipment is shut down, material is scrapped, and production.

Camstar’s Standard Validation Template is a powerful accelerator and cost reducer for FDA-required computer systems validation.

Synchronous technology connects everyone in the product lifecycle – and it connects them all without limiting any of them.

System simulation is the process of experimenting with, and studying how, changes to a complex system (or sub-system) affect the system overall.

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Keep informed with what you need, when you need it. Performance indicators give continuous feedback to operators.

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