Jargon, acronyms, spreadsheets and specifications; all of these are useful tools when talking to your peers. But, when you have to branch out and express ideas beyond your core group, they become a liability.
Being an expert in a specific area can sometimes make it difficult to find the rights words to communicate your ideas to outsiders. Because the manufacturing process includes so many disciplines – finance, engineering, operations, and others – it’s important for manufacturing engineers and production planners to be able to explain their work to a diverse audience.
To do this, a shared language must be used, and for many, showing is better than telling. The ability to collaboratively visualize and explore a manufacturing process makes it significantly easier to convey complex information to cross-functional teams. It also helps you make a much more compelling case.
In this article, we’ll review how manufacturing engineers and production planners can use 3D manufacturing simulation software to improve their communications.
Eliminating the Need for 1000 Words
When was the last time you saw data presented in a way that made it harder to understand? Maybe it was a spreadsheet presented in a PowerPoint presentation or a flow chart dropped into a Word document. Worse, it could have been a list of machine instructions displayed in raw code.
The issue is focusing on the effort, not the effect. Presenting data as visualization ensures that the focus of the discussion is on what the data means. It removes the need to dedicate time and energy explaining the data and instead focuses on what the data shows.