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.

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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.

Investing in Western Europe Countries Industry is Still Worth It

By Diana

When we think about production facilities, Western Europe is not what comes to mind first…

Over the past few decades the weight of the industry in the old continent, which gave birth to the 1st Industrial Revolution only decades ago, has significantly declined …

Expensive manpower, ageing factories and machines, less support from governments and an expanding service sector are all causes of what is known as deindustrialization.

Recently, however, the same countries that once quit the shop floor, are now coming back to shape the face of the industry. Greasy mono task machines are now replaced by digital and connected lines that offer unlimited possibilities and bring competitiveness back to European companies

European governments are highly supporting the development of a new industry with programs like the Industry 4.0 in Germany or the 34 industrial plans for the new French Industry, and the dynamic also involves companies, associations and lobbies. All these stakeholders have a common goal, which is to lead the 4th Industrial Revolution that relies on Social, Smart, Flexible and Service capabilities.

As a result, successful initiatives are rising and rewarded. One example is Bilsing Automation, a French automotive supplier that develops and produces flexible tooling and handling systems for press shop and body shop applications.

PRODUCTIVEZThe company received the PRODUCTIVEZ Label 2014 during a ceremony organized by the SYMOP (a French association for production machines and technologies) to reward its productive investment in innovative technology and its resulting benefits.

With the support of Keonys, its strategic technological partner, Bilsing Automation adopted Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform to gain in productivity.
Keonys, leader en solutions PLM, partenaire de Dasasult Systèmes

As a result the company increased its turnover by 63% and is now doubling its 3D engineering teams every year.

“Keonys’ objective is to be the partner of choice for PLM and 3D solutions to enable companies from all sectors to maximize their productivity. We accompanied Bilsing Automation in their innovation process to accelerate the transformation of their economic model. Thanks to our professional approach to defining and managing consulting projects, we quickly identified where we could improve both manufactured product quality and collaboration in their subsidiaries around the world,” explains Isabelle Yung-Lafargue, President, Keonys.

Investing and creating jobs in the industry while increasing one’s production processes in Western European countries is now more possible than ever, especially when you have the right partner and the right solutions.

Discover more customer references of companies that benefit from the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and Keonys’ support and that are leading the 4th Industrial Revolution.



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