Dassault Systèmes Welcomes Apriso!

By Aurelien

We were excited to announce earlier today our intent to acquire of Apriso, a leading provider of manufacturing software solutions. More precisely, Apriso’s expertise is into Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). To learn more about it, we asked a couple questions to Tom Hennessey, VP Marketing for Apriso.

1. First, could you let us know about Apriso’s expertise and how you see fit with DELMIA?

APRISO Corporation develops, markets, services and supports software used in manufacturing.  APRISO delivers on-premise global manufacturing software platform which provides visibility into, management of, and synchronization across a network of manufacturing plants.  The platform includes but is not limited to “Manufacturing Executions System” (MES) software.

APRISO extends the current DELMIA offering in MES into new industries as APRISO has targeted manufacturers in the automotive, life sciences, packaging, high tech and consumer goods industries in addition to aerospace & defense which DELMIA (via its Intercim acquisition) currently supports.  APRISO also extends the DELMIA application footprint to Quality Planning & Execution specific for fabrication processes, Plant Maintenance, Material Logistics and Warehouse Management System not currently offered by DELMIA. This whole domain is referred to by some analysts as Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). And, APRISO has focused on the global, enterprise-wide deployments across a manufacturer’s supply chain, providing multi-site organizations with supply chain visibility, benchmarking capabilities and best practices management.

2. Wait, talking about Intercim and MES, isn’t there an overlap here?

No, there’s no direct overlap between the two companies’ technologies and product offerings. While there are some common customers, for the most part the install base is distinct. While there is some overlap on paper between APRISO (Flexnet) and DELMIA Operations Velocity (Intercim) in that they are both Manufacturing Execution Solutions, the business problems and customers served are different enough that the overlap is only in name. Inside DELMIA Operations, Velocity will still focus on the assembly of complex products that requires exceptional traceability for regulation and quality purpose; while Flexnet will bring additional capabilities to cover the need of high throughput fabrications in aerospace industry but also in the consumer goods, packaging, life sciences, automotive and industrial equipment industries.

Moreover, DELMIA Operations Intelligence prescriptive analytics is a perfect complement to all APRISO customers aiming at faster new product and process introduction (NPPI) and continuous process improvement.

3. Could you let us know more about the underlying technologies of the FlexNet product?

APRISO’s product line is the FlexNet Global Manufacturing Platform which utilizes a proprietary Business Process Management (BPM) technology to configure execution applications in manufacturing. The BPM tool has been configured to deliver MES (production), Warehouse Management System (WMS or material logistics), plant maintenance, Time & Labor, Quality and supply chain visibility processes.  The Platform also includes 3 applications that run above the plant to synchronize and coordinate the manufacturing network:

  1. Global Process Manager to distribute and manage best manufacturing processes across locations
  2. Manufacturing Process Intelligence to provide for real-time analytics and visibility across manufacturing and
  3. Global Traceability and Genealogy to manage “As-Built” and “As-Manufactured” histories across manufacturing networks.

FlexNet is built on .Net technology from Microsoft and supports the Oracle and SQLserver databases in production, and SQLserver enterprise edition for analytics.  All compiled code is in C#.  Solutions as implemented include customer specific processes configured via the BPM tool that can include JavaScript, stored procedures, etc.

Thanks to Tom for the great explanations and again, a warm welcome to all Apriso employees!  :-)

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3D Printing Made Easy

By Victorien

3D Printing Print Dassault Systemes

We blogged about it earlier and our poll result told us that 60% of you thought it would take less than 5 years to have 3D printing started commercially speaking. Guess what? You won’t have to wait that long!

You can now use 3DVIA to print a real 3D model of your creation through our partnership with the 3D Printing Web Service, Sculpteo. Simply click the “send to Sculpteo 3D Print” button on your own 3DVIA model’s view page, specify the size you wish to print and choose your color. And it’s shipped directly to your mailboxes. A simple and rather affordable way to manufacture your own designs! Nice right? :D

3D Printing Print Mush

 

Do you remember “The Mush“, a natural solution turning your iPhone into a room-filling music station? Using its mushroom-like shape to amplify the sound coming from your iPhone, it also reduces the “mettalic” aspect of the sound by naturally adding some bass. Well here is the printed version in full glory. Let me tell you it adds quite a nice tone to my office… ;-)

Best,

Victorien

PS: btw if you’re a SolidWorks or CATIA user, you can export your designs directly to 3DVIA and print them through the online service: 3D Print in 3 clicks!

Here Spot – Here Spot! Such a Good Spot Weld.

By Marc

Dog Robot BiscuitWe have all heard of the Dog Whisperer. It’s been viewed as the ultimate guide to providing solutions for your problematic pooches. Each episode documents the remarkable transformations that take place by teaching and helping dogs and their owners achieve happier lives together.

Great if you have dogs, but what if you are having problems with “production” man’s other best friend?

Manufacturers in any industry from a large OEM to a small systems integrator are often challenged with properly teaching and programming their production robots.  Getting them to correctly perform the required operations and tasks on the factory floor can be as difficult as trying to keep Fido from eating your favorite pair of slippers.

You can’t encourage them to sit, stay or spot weld with their favorite squeaky toy or just sit down with them and have a conversation over a nice cup of coffee at break time.  Manufacturers need the right solutions to ensure their productions systems best utilize the robots for optimum performance, efficiency and flexibility.

The latest installment of (you guessed it), the Robot Whisperers, the online e-series by Dassault Systemes, robot experts Mike and Tony will show a few tricks to better assign and validate spot welds with robots in production.

Now, I am not talking about getting your robots to roll over and beg. ;-) But the guys will demonstrate how to simulate and validate robotic spot welding applications utilizing 3D software to help your robots become more loyal and obedient.

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In episode 3, Robotology for Spot Welding, Mike and Tony will also discuss how 3D simulation allows engineers to  create “what-if” scenarios in the virtual environment with just a couple of clicks of the mouse. That’s certainly better than dragging a bunch of robots around the shop floor to physically test the different programs necessary for production. Plus they will have some fun talking about the solar system and Aunt Irene’s Farm – no kidding!

So if you are having relationship issues with your robots and just can’t get them to accurately perform the 1000’s of spot welds they do every day, a doggy treat or a pat on the servo motor is not going to help you.  Log onto the Robot Whisperers today and see why this e-series is your ultimate guide to happier, healthy relationships with your robots!

Enjoy!

Marc

PS: here is the e-series introduction for those of you who missed it:

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