Ensure compliance in controlled industries
Aerospace & Defense, Automotive & Trucks, and Health & Medical are all industries that are regulated to some degree, and where any malfunction in the product can be life threatening. Thus, there is a tremendous emphasis on engineering details in the manufacturing and quality assurance.
For manufacturing and quality, the aerospace industry is governed by AS9100 (and/or EN9100) under the auspices of the International Aerospace Quality Group (IAQG).
The automotive industry is governed by QS-9000 (and/or ISO 16949) with coordination provided by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG).
Medical device manufacturing is governed by 21 CFR Part 820 (and/or ISO 13485) with oversight provided in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
These industries require a great focus on establishing and complying with design requirements.
The DISCUS core competency is managing a part’s Technical Data Package at the characteristic level of detail. DISCUS enables a user to view a drawing or model and quickly identify the features and characteristics. This identification can then be used to efficiently create downstream artifacts for manufacturing and quality assurance. This includes First Article Inspections, In-Process Inspection Plans, Manufacturing Process Plans, and Producibility Analyses.
If you are just looking for a tool to provide you with document management and workflow; or if you are looking for software to just visualize and display drawings, there are probably other tools in the market that may be a better fit for you. However, if you are considering a solution that enables you to really manage a part’s features (through holes, slots, etc.) and characteristics (diameter, surface finish, etc.) then DISCUS is likely to meet your needs.