Enter into the 4th Industrial Revolution

By Diana

The way goods are produced today is completely different, and so are the goods produced.

With the new trends in technology, consumers can now influence design and control production, and manufacturers are now able to adapt quickly to specific consumer demands.

I think we can say that “The rules of the game have changed”.

This big shift is particularly exciting for consumers who are able to see the results of their input taken into consideration. Gone are the days when manufacturers were not aligned with consumer feedback. Today the technology exists for the development and creation processes to engage consumers earlier to poll for their ideas and opinions. Consumers can become a part of the development process.

I’m sure you’re now curious to see how this is made possible.

Discover 10 trends that will build the 4th Industrial Revolution and what solutions are available to help you lead the change  :-)

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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Boost efficiency by streamlining digital communication

By Olivier

If you’re more into comics, check out directly the bottom of this post :wink:

From our recent case study about Jakob Müller, thinkers of the international Industrial Equipment (IE) and manufacturing sector say that to satisfy customer requirements companies must be able to rapidly transfer development and production of a product to any of its globally located sites. A key element of companies’ demand and supply equation is easy access to data regardless of where it is located. It is a matter of efficiency. Any effective leader understands this especially in a world that is more connected than ever. But while being connected facilitates communication and opens new channels for consumers to express their needs it also puts pressure on companies to satisfy their customers’ growing expectations and still make a profit. Customize and cater to local preferences, yes, but not at any price.

A dilemma.

But not for everyone. IE companies in the know can produce more products tailored to customer expectations while keeping costs in check by using tools that provide all need-to-know actors with easy access to product data, previously designed components, intellectual property, and workflows from anywhere in the world, seamlessly and naturally. Products are released to market faster because bottlenecks inherent with inefficient management of a multi-site development organization are avoided.

Not possible you say?

Well, as a matter of fact, it is possible by working with a single source of product truth in a unique and unified environment. No more wasting time looking for information. No more errors because decisions were made based on outdated data. Single Source for Speed Industry Solution Experience is the answer for IE companies with a global footprint that deal with the complexities of industrial machine production in a digitally connected age and that need to integrate various disciplines like mechanical, electrical, piping and structural in the same data model. All actors can share, collaborate, exchange ideas and work as a community from anywhere on a single source of 3D product data. Utopic, you say? It is already being done thanks to 3DEXPERIENCE  :-)

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