In your daily work, are you troubled by complicated and repeated processes or material production? Have you found a lot of pain points, but are you suffering from not having the right tools and support team to solve them?
Engineers in the R & D Department of Bosch Automotive Electronics Division also encountered the same dilemma. In each customer project, each product needs a unique “ID card”. The “ID card” needs to include detailed information such as the product’s mother (Bosch logo), father (customer logo), company (project name), height and weight (product parameters). All information needs to comply with certain rules and be arranged clearly and orderly to identify and distinguish the products. This “ID card” is the product label. The information of these products needs to be finalized through repeated communication with external customers, and then transferred to the product manager of the R & D Department of Bosch Automotive Electronics Business Department through the product manager of other business units, and then transferred to the product design engineer for product design and labeling. Product design engineers need to manually input the product information that has been transferred for several times into the three-dimensional drawing software, which not only causes a lot of repeated work, but also prone to information errors. In addition, the operation interface design of the software is not perfect. Engineers need to define the position of each information while entering information, which further increases the workload of drawing.
The introduction of digital tools has brought opportunities to reduce duplication of work, improve efficiency and reduce information error rate. The label automation project came into being. The project team consists of engineers who are good at Creo mapping and the digital team of the R & D department who specializes in software system development. They analyzed the structure according to the existing mapping process, dug deep into the pain points and broke them one by one:
How many times has the information been transferred? No！ We set up a database on the web side (web side) and directly input the data provided by customers to avoid errors caused by information transfer.
Manual operation drawing? No！ We use web page development (Web Development), Creo secondary development, algorithm programming and other technologies to directly realize the standardization and automation of mapping.
Duplicate drawing of similar labels? No！ We save all the previous label data in the system database. When drawing similar labels, we can call the reference label data, so as to greatly improve the efficiency.
Today, the process of label making has been greatly simplified: product design engineers only need to upload the customer’s demand data to the web side (web side) and conduct integrated review synchronously. Then, the data input by the engineers is sorted out through the web end background algorithm. According to the label layout rules and the requirements of relevant drawings, the label layout and label drawings can be automatically generated. Finally, these information will be saved in the database, and the automatic drawing of labels will be perfectly realized by reading the database information.
Label automation reduces repetitive work and possible errors. At the same time, the project has successfully reduced the original 3 hours spent to draw a label to about 0.25 hours. It is estimated that 1080 hours of work will be saved for the engineer team throughout the year. In addition, the project team also plans to output the label automation data and label drawings to the factory site, and cooperate with the factory to realize the automation of label printing process.
Focus on small pain points and make great optimization. Starting from the pain points generated by a small product label, Bosch engineers give full play to the power of digital tools, continuously improve work efficiency, and greatly save engineers’ valuable time and cost. Such digital achievements one after another are constantly promoting the digital process of Bosch Automotive Electronics Division.