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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Digital Manufacturing: PLM on the Shop Floor

By Kate

Digital Manufacturing closes the PLM creation to production gap

Today’s Friday and we all know what that means.  Finishing the week’s business, including tidying up the ole email inbox.

I was thus catching up on our Intercim acquisition and came across this video.  Dare I say it’s digitally delightful?

The condensed message: we’re taking a new step in PLM by closing the digital divide between product designers/engineers and product manufactures.  Yep, PLM on the shop floor.

This translates to “as built = as designed”, which can be quite a challenge, espcially in highly regulated industries.

Crank up your volume and enjoy!  Bonus:  manufacturing stats featured at the end.

Have a great weekend!

Kate

Digital Spot Welding and Car Safety

By Therese

Safety first. You hear it quite often because it’s on people’s minds. It’s also important for car manufacturers, and many brag about their vehicles’ safety in television ads. So like many others, when I went shopping for a car recently, safety was at the top of my list. But how do I judge how safe a car is?

I asked my local mechanically-inclined friends. Several criteria actually make a car safe, but I found out that the metal structure of a car is hugely important.

Take spot welds, for example. Sheet metal parts are often bonded together by applying pressure and high electrical currents at specific points called spot welds. This makes the joined parts stronger, safer, and more uniform in appearance.

Spot welds not only make a vehicle safer, but can also help in reducing rattles and road noises. I learned that spot welds are used throughout a vehicle – up to 5,000 spot welds in one car! Who knew?

That sounded pretty safe to me and looking for a vehicle with this amount of spot welding definitely impressed me. Since they are done early in the vehicle production, I had to trust that they were there. I found out that a good spot weld can’t easily been seen in the finished vehicle.

Feeling pretty confident in my new knowledge of spot welds and car safety, I pressed on with my purchasing research.

Okay, so 5,000 spot welds are good, but does it matter how the welds get there? Apparently it does.

Industrial robots are typically used to spot weld sheet metal parts together. The “old way” of programming spot welding robots is by hand on the factory floor, which interrupts automobile production.

The “new way” is to ensure the welding is accurate by programming the robots offline on a personal computer, all without stopping the production line. This reduces manufacturing costs, which keeps car prices down.

All of that means to me: a safer car without the high price. This was definitely worth the research.

Feel like taking a glance at how it works? Watch the video!  It shows our digital spot welding in action.

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Well, if you want to know the truth, safety was number two on my list of “must haves” in a car… The color red was first.

What’s at the top of your list?

Best,

Therese



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