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  • July 12, 2013

BMW Body Shop Quality Management on the NetBeans Platform

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
"Graphical Based Quality Planning And Control" is a tool for quality management in body shops at BMW Group. The software is used for body shop quality management in every plant of the BMW Group all over the world.

The tool provides functions for modeling the following:

  • facilities (trees of production equipment)
  • assemblies (trees of parts and work items)
  • drawings (images plus dynamic content)
  • stations (inspection, rework)

For each station, users define various checks, which have to be performed in the production areas. The inspectors have to check all work items made by robots and humans based on the drawings containing various dynamic items, such as welding points, weld seams, bond seams, and screws. These items are presented as dots, lines, polygons, grids and text content.

The software is built on top of NetBeans Platform 7.2 using a lot of functionality provided by the platform, such as trees, windows, visual library, and the auto update mechanism.

Body shop drawing:

Floor panel drawing tree:

Floor panel property sheet:

Hood drawing:

Side frame drawing:

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Sean Phillips Friday, July 12, 2013

    Gorgeous. This is how it should be done.

  • Howard W. Smith, Jr. Friday, July 12, 2013

    +1 very interesting post! I love NetBeans and I love BMW!

  • Richard Hierlmeier Monday, July 15, 2013

    thank you Geertjan for your help during this project. My project team from the DE software & control GmbH, Dingolfing, Germany (http://www.de-gmbh.com) implemented the main parts for BMW.

    Most team members had no Netbeans Platform experience at project start. We were surprised about our the steep learning curve. The Netbeans documentation is quite useful and we found in many blogs helpful comments.

    For such projects (rich client application, integration of existing swing elements) Netbeans platform is definitely the first choice.

    Richard Hierlmeier

    DE software & control GmbH


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