THE MODEL-BASED DEFINITION (MBD) SUPPLIER READINESS STUDY

ARE YOUR SUPPLIERS READY TO ADOPT MBD?

Many engineering executives are now confident that MBD can deliver significant benefits. Yet, a number of them hesitate because of the uncertainty in their supplier’s readiness to use MBD deliverables.

The purpose of this survey-based study is to assess the readiness of suppliers, whether they be internal organizations or external companies, in the adoption of MBD across quoting, machining, tooling design, inspection and engineering change functions.

Findings from this study will give engineering executives insight into the current adoption of model-based practices and processes. But more importantly, it will allow them to understand if suppliers are currently capable, even if they are not currently employing those capabilities.

PREVIEW WEBINAR OF MBD SUPPLIER READINESS STUDY

This webinar provides a detailed preview of the study, covering:

  • Who we are / Past MBD Research
  • Purpose of Study
  • Research Process
  • Research Advisory Board
  • Complimentary Supplier Analysis
  • Deliverables / Licensing

It lasts a total of 30 minutes.

STUDY SCOPE

The scope of this survey-based study focuses on four high-level questions across quoting, tooling design, machining, inspection, and engineering change.

  • What is supplier’s current operational state? This set of questions focuses on quantitatively collecting information on the percent of quoting processes that rely on different deliverables such as 2D drawings compared to a geometry-only 3D model compared to a machine-readable MBD model.
  • What are supplier’s current capabilities? This set of questions ascertains the current capabilities of the organization across people, processes, standards and technologies. Based on those answers, respondents will be categorized into not capable, minimally capable, and strongly capable.
  • What are supplier’s future plans: These set of questions will interrogate the organization’s plans to adopt MBD, specifically looking at timeframes and support needed (training, process change, technology changes).
  • Do suppliers agree with the benefits of MBD? These questions will determine what percentage of respondents agree with the variety of benefits that transitioning to MBD promises.

RESEARCH PROCESS

The following research process will be used in this study.

  • Developing the Survey: This effort focuses on developing the survey instrument. Completeness and clarity are the priorities here.
  • Collecting Respondents: The promotion of the survey to relevant communities will drive respondents.
  • Analysis of Data, Development of Findings: This effort will focus on the analysis of the survey data to create findings.
  • Development of Research Report: This effort will focus on creating the research report from the findings.
  • Delivery of Research Report: The resulting research report will be delivered to sponsors.
  • Findings Presentation: Findings will be shared with the public at the 2018 3D CIC event in Golden CO.

STUDY DELIVERABLES

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RESEARCH REPORT

Much like our 2014 study, the findings from this study will be published in a 20 to 30 page report. Statistical conclusions will primarily be communicated via infographics. It will include quotes from survey respondents as commentary on their experiences. This format is consistent with Lifecycle Insights’ past publications.

FINDINGS PRESENTATION

The findings from this study will also be published in the form of presentation slides. This deliverable can be incorporated into your company’s presentations as you assess your own MBD initiatives, especially in conversations with executives.

GET INVOLVED

Organizations can get involved in the research in a number of ways. Use the form below to send us a message.

DRIVING RESPONDENTS

We are looking for as many companies to be involved in this study as possible. Organizations that drive more than 50 respondents will be provided a set of findings comparing their supplier base to those of the general respondent pool. As a result, you will truly gain insight into if your suppliers are ready for MBD.

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JOINING THE BOARD

We are looking for companies to support the development of the survey, analysis of the data, and review the research report by joining our research board. All meetings will be held remotely over conference calls approximately once every two weeks.

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PURCHASING THE REPORT

The findings from this study will be published in a research report. The report may be licensed for distribution, purchased by companies for internal distribution, or bought by individuals for single use.

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KEEP UP TO DATE

We’ll be posting updates here as soon as the study starts!

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STUDY BACKGROUND

When it comes to model-based initiatives, we’ve come a long way.  

For years, there were doubts that the technology was ready. Then, in 2014, findings from our State of Model-Based Enterprise Report shows that software functionality were the two lowest concerns out of nine. The two most cited challenges were cost and executive concerns. 

Those findings led to our 2017 study, called the ROI of Model-Based Definition. In it, we found that a model-based initiative definitively delivered value, yet how you implemented it mattered. Transitioning to minimally annotated models was key, especially in the application of annotations and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T). 

Since that study, concerns about model-based initiatives have focused on a new issue. While we may note that the technology is ready and that the return on model-based initiatives are real, nothing can happen until suppliers are ready.