Interactive animation of the assembly steps
Companies can use the 3D PDF-based assembly planning solution to plan assembly operations digitally on the basis of the CAD models. A large library of typical assembly operations makes the planners' work easier and allows the assembly costs to be calculated reliably. Company-specific values such as cost rates, duration, etc. can be stored for the operations and enable assembly to be planned with an accurate timeframe and budget. The library can easily be expanded to include customer-specific assembly operations.
A key strength of the PROSTEP solution is the ability to animate the 3D models of specific assemblies and components irrespective of the CAD system used to create them, i.e. after they have been imported into the 3D PDF document, thus making certain assembly steps easier to understand. The basis for this is provided by 3D PDF Pro for Adobe® Acrobat® Pro, which now allows more accurate navigation in the structure tree and more precise searches for specific component attributes. The search tool makes it easier to handle large assemblies in the 3D animations. 3D PDF Pro also makes the creation and adaptation of 3D PDF documents faster by automatically linking descriptive fields and buttons in the templates with the latest 3D contents.
Optimal protection of intellectual property
When viewing the embedded 3D geometry, Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, like any commercial 3D viewer, allows you to rotate and tilt the models, zoom in on them, and take certain measurements. The functional scope of Acrobat Reader can be limited when the 3D PDF documents are created in order, for example, to protect a company's intellectual property when the documentation is passed on to outside companies. It is even possible to use the optional PDF Generator 3D Rights Management module to restrict access to the documentation to certain people or impose a time limit, and also to revoke access rights previously granted.
The 3D PDF solution from PROSTEP can very easily be integrated into an existing IT infrastructure in order, for example, to incorporate additional information from the PLM system or transfer information such as the assembly costs to the ERP system. This significantly reduces the amount of manual work required to create assembly documentation. Furthermore, the documentation can be updated pretty much at the touch of a button after changes have been made. Combined with the option of incorporating animated image sequences in the 3D PDF documents, 3D visualization makes it easier for the technicians to understand the assembly instructions and ensures that they made fewer errors. The digitalization of assembly planning allows this activity to be performed at an earlier phase, which helps shorten delivery times.