The Rising Power of the Industrial Internet

By Alyssa

It’s no secret that over the last 20 years our daily lives have been massively transformed by the internet. The same can’t be said for intelligent industrial systems, but this is now rapidly progressing.

On Dassault Systèmes’ LinkedIn community, Future Realities we asked our members to submit questions about how the internet is changing industry. WSJ Custom Studios filmed Dassault Systèmes VP of Industrial Equipment, Philippe Bartissol, addressing the top questions.


We invite you to check out the 3 minute video now.  Topics include how manufacturers can quickly create the customized products consumers demand, how data taken directly from industrial equipment can help predict – and therefore avoid – failures and expand the life expectancy of the equipment and how software can introduce flexibility into the manufacturing process.

PS – if you aren’t a Future Realities member, it’s easy to join the community – just visit here and request membership on the top right hand corner.  There are nearly 25,000 members from around the globe who come to discuss current and future trends.  Come share your opinion on the next big thing!

Sustainability Series Case Study Snapshot: Industrial Equipment-Food for thought

By Christina

We need to double our food production by 2050 if we are to satisfy requirements on a global scale.” – Dr. Hermann Garbers, former Executive Vice President Technology and Quality, CLAAS.

Agriculture produces food worth $1.3 trillion each year, yet it also uses 95% of the world’s water withdrawal and 2% of the world’s energy (along with forestry).  With the world’s population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, sustainable food production is a growing priority among governments, scientists and business.

It is also one of the key trends in the industrial equipment industry.  Farmers look to agricultural equipment that helps effectively use water and energy resources for a greater output with less input, such as energy or fertilizer.

CLAAS machinery

What happens locally has the potential to impact globally, which is why, as part of our Expo Milano 2015 “Sustainability Series,” we’re featuring CLAAS, an agricultural equipment manufacturer headquartered in Germany.  With over 11,000 employees and nearly €4 billion in revenues, their combines, forage harvesters, balers, tractors and field harvesting machinery are used by farmers worldwide.

CLAAS machinery in actionCLAAS adopted our solutions to help provide farmers with this optimized machinery.  Specifically, this involved providing the company’s development and production sites around the world with access to a unique source of product information for all of a product’s virtually working parts.   Designers can digitally store and test their designs, and mechanical, electrical and hydraulics engineers can collaborate to make any necessary adjustments in a digital environment.  All of this takes place before any design is finalized and before any prototype is created, meaning less waste and fewer errors during production.  Also, stored and managed design data for every machine can easily be accessed in order to upgrade equipment having long lifecycles with the latest technology, to build more intelligent machines.

When you look at the last 20 to 30 years, technological advances in machinery were linked to size and horsepower.  Today the focus is more on intelligent, energy efficient machines that accomplish more while keeping operational costs to a minimum. It is these machines that have the preference of farmers who speak less about machine power or productivity and more about resource efficiency,” added Garbers.

Click here for the full case study.

Are your Manufacturing Processes at Maximum Efficiency?

By Diana

Can you answer YES to these questions…?

  • Do you manage to produce more and faster without increasing the risk of error in your quotations and delivery? Manufacturing process
  • Do you capitalize on your knowledge and best practices and reuse existing elements?
  • Do you have traceability throughout the product’s development process from start to finish?
  • Can you provide your customers with tailored machines that meet their specific needs?
  • Are you able to work and fully cooperate with all your stakeholders around the world on the same project?

If you’ve answered YES to all these questions, your manufacturing process is perfect and you have nothing to do here! Why not share your best practices with us?

However, If you’ve hesitated before answering or even answered no to some questions, you should probably keep reading.

In order to transform your company into a more efficient manufacturing organization and say YES to all questions above, there are a few things you need to know:

The 4th Industrial Revolution

In the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution, a new way of thinking from design to manufacturing is impacting industrial equipment companies.


The 4th Industrial Revolution is all about Social, Smart and Flexible production with high value added services.

No need to worry, all this is new, so you haven’t missed anything!

However if you’ve responded YES to some of the questions, then maybe your company is using an Engineered-To-Order (ETO) approach, which is costly and complex. There are lots of solutions to improve and optimize this ETO process.

Here are some key points you may not want to miss…

  • Transform your product architecture into a modular one
  • Develop a strategy to reuse items and best practices
  • Empower all disciplines of the company to work together at the same time on the same project

Still not convinced? Find out more about improving your manufacturing processes,
in our free on-demand webinar here.

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