Keep Calm and Innovate Sustainably: 10 Tips for Sustainable Design

By Aurelien

Keep Calm And Innovate SustainablyNowadays, sustainable production and consumption still remain an exception. Consumers demand more sustainable products, yet they often lack information about the real environmental and social impacts of their purchases. The problem for designers and product managers: shifting to sustainable innovation is not an easy path.

According to the European Eco-Design Directive, more than 80% of the environmental impact is determined at the design stage.

Would you like to take the jump to eco-design? This SlideShare presentation will drive you through 10 tips to get started with more sustainable design. So keep calm, and innovate sustainably! ;-)

Wanna see these tips in action on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform? Watch the video below:

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Parts of this SlideShare presentation were inspired by the SPIN/Leapfrog Project, a joint initiative from TU Delft, the Vietnam Cleaner Production Center (VNCPC), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and Dassault Systèmes. Learn more about the project through the Leapfrog Project blog series.

What is Behind Smart Machines?

By Diana

What is behind Smart Machines?

In the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution, Industrial Equipment companies have started to adopt new methods to conceive and produce smarter multi task machines that are more robust, powerful, and flexible. Customers see great opportunities to acquire equipments that will enable them to quickly adapt their production to their customers’ needs. As a result, creating smarter machines is increasingly complex.

 

Multi-disciplinary design is key

Yet, industrial equipment companies have to manage a higher number of product components and integrate different disciplines to create “mechatronic” machines in which software and electronics are as important as mechanical and fluidic systems. Each discipline would work separately on their part and hope the different parts would come together flawlessly when the time came to merge them together. But, as can be expected, there were errors, which resulted in lost time and money.

In the connected world we live in, there is no other option than to enable teams to interact live and to work together on a single version of the truth.

This is especially critical for companies that produce complex products like machines.

Emergence of systems and process approach

However, today’s machines are not only made of mechanical parts; software and electronics are combined with traditional mechanical parts giving birth to systems. And since systems are made of components from various disciplines, they are harder to manage than mechanical parts alone.

Machines that have many systems require efficient processes to develop them. This is why there is a shift in the way machines are designed.

Documents will increasingly be replaced by models

Today, the product engineering process still relies mainly on documents. Product information is gathered in an “unfriendly” and heavy document that is too often used “as is” and not updated after it has been created. The problem is that this “roadmap” is usually the unique source of information and communication and I am sure you understand the types of problems that usually appear when project teams depend on a document that is not updated and therefore, full of errors…

Model based systems engineering

It consists of having a holistic specification of the system that gives actors of every discipline a common understanding of the system.

It provides a single version of the truth throughout the entire development process.

Thanks to this approach, teams will have a model starting from the design phase and see it evolve and updated during product development.

Multi-disciplinary systems and models are revolutionizing the way Industrial Equipment companies work. If you want to know more about Smart Machines and how to revolutionize the way your company develops its products, watch our on-demand webinar in partnership with Design Machine.

To know more about the 4th Industrial Revolution, click here.

How Lean Construction Practices Are Decreasing Schedules for Contractors

By Akio

McGraw Hill Construction, the Lean Construction Institute, and Dassault Systèmes teamed up to produce an in-depth report on Lean Construction. Below is an excerpt from that report on the the impact Lean practices are having on contractors in regards to scheduling.

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The Impact on Contractors of Schedule Decreases Due to the Adoption of Lean Practices

Reduced project schedule is one of the top benefits of adopting Lean practices, and saving time in the construction industry also cuts costs on projects and can increase profitability.

However, the savings only accrue to the contractor if the owner has not already factored the reduced amount of time into their expectations of the contractor, especially in the case of a negotiated project, or if the contractor has not deemed it necessary to build those cost savings into their bid in order to win a project in a highly competitive market.

The study results suggest, though, that these options are not mutually exclusive. About two thirds of contractors report that the schedule savings they experience due to their Lean practices do have a positive impact on the profit they experience in their projects, and just about the same percentage of contractors report that they are able to bid projects more competitively due to the schedule savings.

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Clearly, there must be significant overlap of firms who both have schedule reductions feeding their bottom line and schedule reductions absorbed in their efforts to be more competitive.

However, the findings also reveal that the industry is nearly unanimous about the growing expectations of owners that projects can be done in shorter time frames due to the adoption of Lean practices in the industry.

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This aligns with the previous finding that increasing their firms’ competitiveness rather than direct profits is the larger benefit from Lean.

The in-depth interviews with Lean experts shed further light on this finding. Experts report that, even just five years ago, most owners were not familiar with Lean, but they see a broad change occurring.

Some believe that owner mandates will be the most critical driver of Lean construction in the industry in the future, a shift from what they currently see occurring, other than in one or two sectors like healthcare with engaged owners that have led the industry on Lean adoption.

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