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.

What can efficient product architecture help you achieve?

By Diana

As we enter the 4th Industrial Revolution, industrial equipment companies are starting to develop smarter machines to meet  changing customer needs. Product architectureIn their day to day lives, people are influenced by technologies such as smartphones and other connected objects, and they want to have the same capabilities in the tools they use at work.

Customers continue to request more diversity and customization, driving Industrial Equipment companies to develop more complex, non-series-type machines. However, developing smarter, more agile machines increases project complexity, and managing a higher number of product components interacting with one other requires an efficient process shared by all stakeholders. Moreover, creating a customized offering for each customer can lead to lower margins and increased errors.

It comes as no surprise when Incose VDC states:

More than 40% of project failures are due to lack of requirements management and traceability”.

If Industrial Equipment companies do not manage this increased complexity, they risk destroying their profit margins. Having efficient product architecture may be the best way to protect profits and provide customers with the products they asked for.

According to Incose VDC,

Up to 50 % of projects fall behind schedule due to poor early systems architecture validation.

So the question is this: How do you know if your product architecture is efficient?

There are three things to assess:

  1. Measure the rate of products delivered to your customers that comply with all the requirements that were identified from the beginning. Just delivering a product to a customer does not automatically mean they will be happy with it. You need to monitor product acceptance.  If you have efficient Product Architecture, tracking customers’ requirements will be part of product development, guaranteeing good product acceptance.
  2. Measure the rate of efficient interactions among different components inside the products you develop. One of the key benefits of efficient product architecture is to enable teams from different disciplines to efficiently collaborate.
  3. Make sure your machines generate enough margin so that your company continues to make a profit. To ensure sustained profitability you need to have a competitive offering, and at the same time keep an eye on your business over the long term with sufficient margin.
  4. As long as your market share is growing and your margins are maintained you have a long term view of your business.

Efficient product architecture can help make your business more profitable and sustainable. If you want to know how to implement it in your company, watch our on-demand webinar in partnership with Design Machine.



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