Information Visualization for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Data

Chen Guo, Yingjie Chen, Craig Miller, Nathan Hartman, Amy Mueller, Patrick Connolly
2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings   unpublished
Dr. Hartman is also Director of Advanced Manufacturing in the College of Technology. His research focuses on examining the use of 3D CAD tools in the product lifecycle, the process and methodology for model-based definition and the model-based enterprise, geometry automation, and data interoperability and re-use. He currently teaches courses in 3D modeling, virtual collaboration, 3D data interoperability, and graphics standards and data exchange. Professor Hartman also leads a team in the
more » ... pment and delivery of the online Purdue PLM Certificate Program and in the development of the next-generation manufacturing curriculum at Purdue focusing on manufacturing systems and the holistic product lifecycle. Amy B Mueller, Purdue University, West Lafayette Amy B Mueller is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Technology, Purdue University, West Lafayette campus. She received her BS in ME from Purdue University and her MBA in Information Systems from the University of Toledo. Before joining the faculty in 2012, Ms. Mueller spent over 30 years in industry and her career parallels the progression of CAD/CAM to PDM to PLM. She has held industry positions with Owens-Illinois, Parametric Technology, Cummins, Faurecia and Toyota Industrial Equipment as well as a VAR and a consulting firm. She has held previous adjunct teaching positions with the University of Toledo and Ivy Tech Community College. Ms. Mueller also worked as the Director of Minds on Math for the Bartholomew County School Corporation which is an after school math enrichment program for fourth graders. She is a member of ASEE, ACM and SWE. been teaching at Purdue since 1996, and is active in several professional organizations. Prior to entering academia, he worked for twelve years in the aerospace and computer software industries and has extensive experience in CAD applications and design, CAE software support, and customer service management. His interests include solid modeling applications, virtual and augmented reality, visualization techniques, innovative teaching methods, and distance learning. Abstract Enabling users to explore the vast volumes of data from different groups is one of product lifecycle management (PLM)'s goals. PLM must solve such problems as isolated "Islands of Data" and "Island of Automation"; the massive data flow of distanced collaborative design, manufacturing, and management; and the incapability of interpreting and synthesizing data from different perspectives. This paper proposes a new approach from a different perspective: information visualization and visual analytics. An interactive information visualization approach was demonstrated in order to help designers gain insights into massive data and make appropriate decisions. Suggested are possible visualization methods for PLM data-structural visualization, temporal visualization, geospatial visualization, 3D model visualization, and multidimensional visualization. This idea is then demonstrated by a case study of developing an Internet-based information visualization system to visualize the Remote Control Helicopter.
doi:10.18260/1-2--20642 fatcat:snxy3i5cmncorjw2upaq25pyjy