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”.

3DEXPERIENCE Platform R2014x now available for everyone

By Aurelien

Connecting the dots

If you remember back to July, we introduced the R2014 release coming with its groundbreaking user interface “IF WE Compass”, which set a milestone in the way our customers would pilot their business. Here is an overview in case you missed it:

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Back then however, we wanted to make sure the Platform was thoroughly tested and validated, so we limited availability of this release to a shorter list of customers, as part of what we called the “Lighthouse Program”. Half a year later, and thanks to the invaluable feedback from our “Lighthouse” customers, we’re now ready to make the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform available to everyone. On-premise or on-the-cloud. You choose. And when we mean available to everyone, we do mean everyone :-)

Indeed, one of the feedback I’m sometimes hearing on social media or in real life is that the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform would be something for large companies only. The large manufacturers, the big OEMs. If you think so, I’d like you to take a look at the following testimonies from two of our “Lighthouse” customers (if you don’t think so, you can watch them too, they’re great testimonies :D ).

The first one I’d like to introduce is designer Jens Paulus. From Barcelona, Spain, Jens runs a small design studio with partners scattered all over Europe. Hear what Jens had to say:

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Pretty self-explanatory, right? The second example is BHR, an France-based SMB building lightweight helicopters. They’ve been flying the cloud -so to speak!- for the past four months on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform:

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With the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform on the cloud, small businesses like Jens Paulus or BHR can benefit today from the same advanced software as larger companies. Because they don’t have to worry about the burden of IT overhead, and because they can select exactly the Apps then need, right from the “IF WE Compass” user interface.

Another question I’ve been hearing at times relates to the procedure for accessing the Platform and provisioning the Apps. When Jens Paulus or the BHR guys say that entering 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud was the matter of just a few clicks and minutes, they literally mean it. All it takes is just 6 steps to get started and access the most advanced yet scalable software in the industry:

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What do you think? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

If you’d like to see the full portfolio of processes this R2014x release has to offer, click here.

Introducing Groundbreaking User Experience “IFWE Compass”

By Aurelien

What we announced earlier today is truly a milestone in the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform journey!

As our President and CEO Bernard Charlès puts it:

Today’s announcement is a pivotal moment in Dassault Systèmes history and the result of our commitment to bring innovative business value to our clients.  It is, as well, a ‘cloud’ announcement, but the cloud is more than infrastructure and a delivery mechanism. The cloud is a way of working.  It is where consumers voice their needs, their ideas, their feedback.  It is where innovation is fostered and ideas take hold.  The 3DEXPERIENCE platform reveals and delivers that potential. It gives our customers a holistic, inclusive and unified view of their business and ecosystem to create better experiences for their end-consumers.

You can find there the complete list of the V6R2014 cloud offers, but let’s focus here on the brand new user experience, aka “IFWE Compass”. Watch this:

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As you saw in the video, “IFWE Compass” is much more than just a mere ‘app-switcher’. It’s a truly unified environment coming with many features such as cloud storage (3DSpace), live dashboarding capabilities (3DDashboard), online chat including 3D as a media (3DInstantMessaging), interactive 3D scenes sharing (3DPlay), unified search across all apps and data (3DSearch), and more.

Also, the “6W Tagging” is a pretty interesting feature allowing to qualify structured and unstructured (e.g. folksonomies) information in a very natural, intuitive way. Indeed ’6W’ stands for the simple questions: Who, When, What, Where, Why, and hoW. Simple yet powerful questions!

More details about industry/user-focused scenarios will be coming as we move forward, but for now here are sneak previews from some of our Brands :)

So, do you like what you saw? Tell us what you think!



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