Takeuchi Streamlines Product Development with 3DEXPERIENCE

By Alyssa
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With rising investment in infrastructure around the globe, the heavy construction equipment industry is poised for a high rate of growth.  Clearly, that is good news for companies in that industry.  But there is a hitch. At the same time, those very companies are faced with adapting their businesses to meet the needs of the Experience Economy, which has created an environment where customers are increasingly demanding custom machine configurations.  How can a company transform itself in a time of high demand?

This was the challenge faced by Takeuchi, a 50-year old Japanese construction equipment manufacturer with a reputation as a market innovator that produces high-quality products.  Takeuchi set a goal to streamline its development processes in order to help them accelerate delivery of products that meet both customer and regulatory requirements.

Among the key first steps was improving internal processes and unifying a collection of different and incompatible information systems.  Takeuchi chose Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE solutions to provide its employees with an integrated platform for all product-related activities.  This is not limited to its product development designers: Takeuchi’s other departments such as production control and production engineering have access to system data as well.

 

With this platform, we avoid a patchwork-like system of different solutions from different vendors, which is a nightmare to coordinate.”

 

Read a new case study to learn more about the benefits Takeuchi has gained from 3DEXPERIENCE, including:

  • the ability to create more product variants with a fewer number of parts
  • increased re-use of existing parts
  • reduced lead times for new product introductions
  • eliminating the need for physical prototypes

3CON Enhances Automotive Interiors with 3DEXPERIENCE

By Alyssa
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When people are asked what they want most in their automobiles, they first cite safety, fuel efficiency and reliability.  But right behind those factors, they say they look at functional interiors and ergonomics.

The automotive industry moves at a very fast pace, with short, unforgiving lead times. More than ever, innovation is critical. For nearly 20 years, Austria’s 3CON has built a solid reputation as a leading global manufacturer of automotive interior machinery.  3CON strategically established sites in Austria, China and North America in order to cater to local customer requirements, as well as deliver agile after-sales services.  With designers in multiple locations, collaboration was the biggest challenge that prevented 3CON from innovating at the required speed to meet market demands.

To improve multi-site collaboration and accelerate the process of transforming concepts into sturdy, efficient equipment while maintaining quality, 3CON selected Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.  In this new environment, they manage complexity with a library of standardized components that is easily accessible to designers regardless of their location.  This streamlined process enables the ability to customize existing components to meet customer specifications in a cost efficient way.  Designers also use the system to share their vision and exchange ideas with clients early in the sales cycle and use real-time input throughout the entire process. This not only enhances the relationship with the customer, since they know exactly what they will get, but helps reduce design cycle time and costs by eliminating the need for costly changes later in the design process.  Because the system is fast and easy to use, 3CON can rapidly try out new ideas and test more design iterations to increase their innovation capacity.

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Watch the new customer case study video to hear directly from 3CON’s leadership about the successes they’ve had to date, such as cutting design time by 30%, lowering the assembly start-up phase by 50% and reducing the risk of cost overages due to improved project visibility.  They also share their future goals, such as delivering high-end 3D virtual experiences to their sales force and customers and paperless production. Additional information about 3CON’s experience is available in a written study.

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Sensors in the Age of Industrial IoT

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By Catherine Bolgar

The use of sensors, especially in the Internet of Things, is creating a mountain of big data. This infographic illustrates how to manage the data generated from sensors, including best practices for identifying which data streams are useful as the volume of data continues to explode.

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Catherine Bolgar is a former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe, now working as a freelance writer and editor with WSJ. Custom Studios in EMEA. For more from Catherine Bolgar, along with other industry experts, join the Future Realities discussion on LinkedIn.



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