Does manufacturing have the most to gain from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform?

By Tony

Manufacturing chain

Hello, I’m Tony Karew, also known as one half of the dynamic duo called The Robot Whisperers. This blog kicks off the first of many focusing on Manufacturing. I’ll be devoting most of my blogs to the topic of robotics on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. Here we will discuss the latest innovations in technology and how it applies to manufacturing.

Innovations in technology are making companies leaner and faster, increasing their products’ velocity to market. Innovative technology makes it easier for companies to deal with the complexities of bringing products to market faster and with higher quality. For years it has been easy for design engineers to take advantage of the many advances in software, computers, and data storage. Finally, these advances are available today across the enterprise in manufacturing.

Bringing the advances of design engineering to the shopfloor

Years ago when production simulation came along, it was a game changer for the manufacturing domain. At last, manufacturing concepts could be qualified and their success or failure could be validated virtually. Simulation was a technological breakthrough, and when placed in skilled hands, could easily save tens of thousands of dollars. The problem was manufacturing still had a major disconnect from the product engineering group, and there was no way to manage all this new data. There was no way to conveniently store each engineer’s work or track their progress. There also was no way to easily search and find tools, products or other resources. And things like versioning and configuration management were reserved for product data. But does versioning and configuration management apply to manufacturing systems? It definitely can. But the fact is, this technology has been used by designers for years. However it was never available to manufacturing. That is until now on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.

Manufacturing knowledge at your fingertips

Finally engineers in manufacturing can take advantage of the advancements in technology. They are now better equipped to track project workflow. They can easily locate processes, resources, parts, products, and tools. They now have the capability to divide up engineering tasks into smaller pieces for improved department workflow, with immediate access to project data and timelines. They also have the ability to instantly communicate across the project to resolve issues and improve productivity. Not only is the project management aspect of engineering improved, this technology also allows manufacturing to be very closely aligned with design, so things like accommodating fastener changes in the manufacturing process are now much easier than ever before.

The best part is, all this exists on a single platform. These technologies will certainly play a significant role in the manufacturing and industrial engineering domains. With this is mind, I think that manufacturing has the most to gain from the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform. What do you think?

To learn more, join in the conversation or visit our blog “60 Seconds to Experience”.

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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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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