A New Model for Manufacturing Innovation

By Valerie C.
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by Werner Krings

The Austrian Economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that industries must incessantly revolutionize their economic structure from within. I interpret this statement to mean that manufacturers, especially in the High Tech industry, must continually strive to innovate with better or more effective processes in order to build new products.

Innovation is a core attribute of successful High Tech manufacturers, impacting every aspect of the business–economics, business profitability, product design, technology, and engineering best-practices, not to mention overall brand value.
Innovation impacts growth

Manufacturing innovation can mean the use Lean and other cost reduction strategies. Increasingly, it means automation and digitization of manufacturing as we move toward the era of the Digital Factory and big data analytics. And, In today’s global landscape, innovation must include the ability to easily replicate processes across sites to ensure higher global quality standards and greater control, visibility and synchronization across operations.

How do you get there?

A key requirement for global innovation is a unified production environment across facilities. High Tech manufacturers that use different processes and production systems in their various facilities will have difficulty achieving innovation– effectively blocking all of the potential benefits. When different plants use different MES systems, for example, there can be little agility, as every change becomes a custom IT project.

Improve operations processes across sites

This is why High Tech manufacturing leaders have moved toward unified and standardized systems, so that process changes and manufacturing agility can be achieved faster and more easily. In such an environment, global shop floor operations can be unified through a Center of Excellence, which can then ensure comparable and measurable manufacturing standards on a global scale. As they say, you can’t improve what you can’t measure.

Measuring Innovation

Innovation can (and should) be measured on an organizational level. The implementation of manufacturing intelligence solutions is often justified by this single function, as part of a manufacturer’s quest to achieve better visibility across operations. The ability to measure is greatly enhanced when it is part of an overall innovation strategy, underpinned by unified technology.

High Tech manufacturers will want to measure several aspects of innovation, such as business measures related to profitability, innovation process efficiency, or employees’ contribution and motivation. Measured values might include new product revenue, spending in R&D, time to market, quality scores for suppliers, and growth in emerging markets.

Manufacturing Innovation

What is pivotal is that innovation must align with corporate strategy and global manufacturing performance in order to ensure continuous growth and return on investment. A well-defined innovation program, combined with an IT infrastructure that supports global agility, is essential for High Tech manufacturers that want to compete and grow in a sustainable fashion, now and in the future.

Now there’s a solution for greater visibility, control, and synchronization of operations. Visit the Flexible Production solution page and read the flyer to find out what a flexible global production platform for manufacturing can do for your High Tech enterprise.

Check it out: What’s New with the ENOVIA R2016x Release

By Matthew
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With the 3DEXPERIENCE R2016x release, ENOVIA makes it possible to:

…innovate more and manage less

This release brings with it a number of user experience improvements for designers, engineers and business leaders.

At a glance, here’s what is bundled in this release:

  • New offerings available with cloud subscription licensing to accommodate product portfolio planning and variant design
  • New interactive approach to define product configuration rules
  • New dashboard for tracking engineering deliverables
  • Deliver “Precision Merchandising” for Retailing Stores
  • Automated materials compliance declaration requests
  • More fine-tuned project schedules accommodating fixed completion dates and unique working calendars
  • New approaches to investigate and compare CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE design alternatives

See what’s new in this 2.5 minute long video and then CLICK HERE to learn more about this powerful business experience environment.

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Simulation Ushers in the Age of Experience

By Estelle
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Gone are the days when building a best-in-class product was simply about a novel idea or a supersized set of features. According to a recent Eventbrite survey, 78% of gen y respondents said they would rather spend money on an experience than a thing, and 77% said their best memories come from an experience. So the question is how can smart organizations create high tech products with winning experiences?

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Economies progress as companies differentiate themselves by staging experiences that command premium prices. Source: “The Experience Economy” by B. Joseph Pine II and James H. Gilmore.

Consider the Apple iPhone and Boeing Dreamliner 787, two defining products that exemplify the “Experience Economy”. Their designs push the envelope in user engagement by raising the bar on delivering a holistic experience that connects with customers on an emotional level. With an ever growing demand for experiences, leading high tech manufacturers have turned to simulation in order to innovate and optimize new designs, while creating more robust, more efficient, and more durable products.

Let’s consider simulation and its impact on the white goods market. Many of us cannot avoid house hold chores like doing the laundry – how can we make this a better experience? Leading washing machine manufacturers are using washing_machine_overlayrealistic simulation to innovate washers that deliver clean, colorful clothes, while saving energy and detergent at the same time. My old top load washer used to rattle the entire house while gulping down a whopping 40 gallons of water per load. My new energy efficient washer quietly washes clothes while using a meager 14 gallons of water per load. Now I can happily “experience” greater ease of use, a more peaceful home, and a heavier wallet!

As customers of all ages become more informed and empowered, they increasingly expect a more personalized product and experience, and companies that can’t adapt are in serious danger of failing or falling behind…
The results of simulation on the high tech industry are extraordinary!

To get the details, download the whitepaperMaking_the_Case_for Simulation WP:
Making the Case for Simulation in the Age of Experience” to learn how using the right simulation tools can help to better serve customers’ need for an experience, while at the same time save time and money, and improve high tech designs.



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