A New Model for Manufacturing Innovation

By Valerie C.
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The Austrian Economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that industries must incessantly revolutionize their economic structure from within. I interpret this statement to mean that manufacturers, especially in the High Tech industry, must continually strive to innovate with better or more effective processes in order to build new products.

Innovation is a core attribute of successful High Tech manufacturers, impacting every aspect of the business–economics, business profitability, product design, technology, and engineering best-practices, not to mention overall brand value.
Innovation impacts growth

Manufacturing innovation can mean the use Lean and other cost reduction strategies. Increasingly, it means automation and digitization of manufacturing as we move toward the era of the Digital Factory and big data analytics. And, In today’s global landscape, innovation must include the ability to easily replicate processes across sites to ensure higher global quality standards and greater control, visibility and synchronization across operations.

How do you get there?

A key requirement for global innovation is a unified production environment across facilities. High Tech manufacturers that use different processes and production systems in their various facilities will have difficulty achieving innovation– effectively blocking all of the potential benefits. When different plants use different MES systems, for example, there can be little agility, as every change becomes a custom IT project.

Improve operations processes across sites

This is why High Tech manufacturing leaders have moved toward unified and standardized systems, so that process changes and manufacturing agility can be achieved faster and more easily. In such an environment, global shop floor operations can be unified through a Center of Excellence, which can then ensure comparable and measurable manufacturing standards on a global scale. As they say, you can’t improve what you can’t measure.

Measuring Innovation

Innovation can (and should) be measured on an organizational level. The implementation of manufacturing intelligence solutions is often justified by this single function, as part of a manufacturer’s quest to achieve better visibility across operations. The ability to measure is greatly enhanced when it is part of an overall innovation strategy, underpinned by unified technology.

High Tech manufacturers will want to measure several aspects of innovation, such as business measures related to profitability, innovation process efficiency, or employees’ contribution and motivation. Measured values might include new product revenue, spending in R&D, time to market, quality scores for suppliers, and growth in emerging markets.

Manufacturing Innovation

What is pivotal is that innovation must align with corporate strategy and global manufacturing performance in order to ensure continuous growth and return on investment. A well-defined innovation program, combined with an IT infrastructure that supports global agility, is essential for High Tech manufacturers that want to compete and grow in a sustainable fashion, now and in the future.

Now there’s a solution for greater visibility, control, and synchronization of operations. Visit the Flexible Production solution page and read the flyer to find out what a flexible global production platform for manufacturing can do for your High Tech enterprise.

Watch How “Façade Design for Fabrication” Can Boost Efficiency

By Akio
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In this video, you’ll learn get a firsthand look at how Façade Design for Fabrication can help architects, engineers and construction managers to work more efficiently with façade fabricators.

Façade Design for Fabrication, powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, connects all processes from design through fabrication and construction. The result is a significant reduction in design process and fabrication waste.

This video will walk you through the process of designing a new stadium and then demonstrate how a façade engineer can use this same 3D model to produce shop drawings.

Upon logging in to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, you’ll see the façade designer create an initial sketch of the stadium in CATIA.

The designer create a User Defined Feature—in this case, a single panel and all of its design details that is repeated around the entire stadium. The shape of each panel can be modified individually to match the overall curve.

Each panel is generated from a template, but can be modified individually.

Each panel is generated from a template, but can be modified individually.

Through the use of Knowledge Patterns that control how the User Defined Feature behaves in the model, the designer will simulate multiple patterns to determine which design plan works best. In our stadium example, the designer quickly simulates several options before determining the best number of panels with which to work.

Although a façade engineer can continue to work on the stadium’s detail design in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on the cloud, the video will next explore how to use the conceptual model as the basis for a fabrication model.

Data generated during the conceptual phase can be exported to inform quantity take-offs.

Data generated during the conceptual phase can be exported to inform quantity take-offs.

The engineer then uses CATIA to create a detailed sheet metal model. Once placed in the assembly, the model and its associated information can be exported to easily create shop drawings.

The façade engineer will then create a basic Assembly Template that other team members can reuse. Once the template is created, the engineer runs a Knowledge Ware script that automatically generates assemblies around the stadium.

You will see how the engineer easily fills in missing parts by using a standard part from the existing catalog. Next, the engineer will extract the data needed for part fabrication. In the end, each sheet metal panel has its own drawing.

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Each drawing can be exported with unfolded views that can be used for fabrication. By generating component information directly from the model, the engineer benefits from highly accurate cost predictions.

Each sheet metal panel drawing includes unfolded views from every angle.

Each sheet metal panel drawing includes unfolded views from every angle.

To see more features of the Façade Design for Fabrication industry solution experience in action, watch the full video.

The detailed stadium will help generate more accurate cost predictions and reduce waste.

The detailed stadium will help generate more accurate cost predictions and reduce waste.

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Envisioning The PLM Of The Future

By Matthew
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How do you envision the PLM of the future? 

How will your company embrace the digital transformation?

You and your customers are cordially invited to attend the 2016 ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE User Group Meeting in Greenville, SC, USA.

Attend the 2016 ENOVIA Keys to 3DEXPERIENCE User Group Meeting to discuss these questions and:

  • Learn all about ENOVIA R2016x
  • Explore how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform fuels sustainable innovation
  • Engage with 3DS experts from ENOVIA, DELMIA, EXALEAD and NETVIBES
  • Connect with ENOVIA R&D inside Product Strategy Roundtable Sessions
  • Network with your professional peers throughout the event including our fun networking activities
  • Participate in breakout, keynote and panel sessions

GreenvilleSiteWe are excited to connect you with Dassault Systèmes experts – and our event partner, GE Power – from around the globe who will inform, discuss and receive your feedback. Click here to view our agenda (subject to change).

Seating for the event is limited so please

register here today!

We look forward to welcoming you to Greenville, SC in June!



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