Enhancement Details

Interference Detection and Management Services

Windchill 10.0 offers a new optional module to detect, manage and report interferences in heterogeneous CAD products.

Product Information

Product PDM & Process Solutions
PTC Windchill
Product / Module PTC Windchill PDMLink
Version 10.0
Product Functional Area Product Structures, BOMs, and Configurations
Structured Content Management
User Interface Location  
Processes, Initiatives, and Best Practices Change & Configuration Management
Design & Manufacturing Outsourcing
Detailed Development
Program & Portfolio Management
Variant Design & Generation
Verification & Validation

Benefits and Description

Windchill 10.0 offers a new optional module to automate the process of detecting, managing and reporting interferences in 3D product models.

Key enhancements and features include:

Define interference job - The user can define the parameters of the interference test, prior tosubmission. This includes:

Automated job queuing and execution - Interference jobs submitted to the system are automatically queued and passed to an available "interference worker" (a batch mode invocation of Creo Elements/View) when one becomes available.

Dynamic groups - Search groups and dynamic groups enable the automatic population and creation of component and assembly groupings on the basis of meta-data or product structure hierarchy. This enables the definition of interference jobs to be resilient to changes in work in progress models (components being added or removed). The grouping definitions also enable the ongoing support for interference checking of configurable product structures, including the use of expansion criteria to support options and variants.

Scalable architecture - The use of "Interference Workers" which are separate to, but communicate with, the Windchill server providing a flexible environment to address interference checking throughput needs. As desired throughput grows, more interference workers can be added to the system.

Support for heterogeneous CAD models -  The interference detection subsystem provides interference checking upon the compact and accurate Creo Elements/View viewable 3D objects. These can be published from a variety of CAD packages by means of the Creo Elements/View adapters; enabling the processing of heterogeneous CAD models.

Report navigation - Users can easily and graphically navigate the interference report directly from the Windchill user interface, enabling rapid understanding of the interference check results.

Integration with Creo Elements/View - Users of Creo Elements/View benefit from a rich interaction between the desktop application and the interference content managed in Windchill.

Interference report comparison - Interference reports can be compared to understand which interferences still exist, which are new and which have been resolved.

Assignment of interference resolution tasks - Users can assign interference resolution tasks to team members to enable subsequent actions. The recipient of the task can view their list of "Assigned Interferences". Additionally, there is a customization entry point to enable customer-specific logic to automatically assign the intereference task to the appropriate recipient.

Support for configuration specifications and expansion criteria -  The interference job definition enables the use of configuration specifications and predefined expansion criteria in order to check a configurable product for interferences and clearance violations.


Windchill Interference Detection and Management Services