Mobile access of a resilient PLM platform with standard processes is critical to enabling global collaboration and worldwide coordination.

reporting and data analytics, creating digital twins to predict performance at all stages of product development. Siemens also introduced its Simcenter 3D CAE solution, built on its NX software, that combines several simulation disciplines. “The other big thing happening here which is very im- portant is we’re not just digitalizing for single use,” Frankel said. “Companies want to be able to capitalize on their manufacturing knowledge, and they want to reuse and capitalize on their processes. We’re marrying MOM [manu- facturing operations management] with PLM, so we have better insight into how our processes perform.” One of Siemens’ customers, Heidelmeier GmbH & Co., is using the firm’s CAD/CAM and its Geolus 3D shape tool that enables pulling product manufacturing information from a part design and finding all of the tools and the CAD needed to cut it, he said.

Tying into the IIoT New PLM systems increasingly are leveraging the push

toward full digitalization and development of applications for the IIoT. “At Aras, we continue to work with leading manufactur-

ers to complete the digital transformation of the business of engineering while avoiding the failures of legacy PDM,” Macdonald said, adding that the key to this is the com-

pany’s resilient PLM platform that is: đƫ Model-based, able to adapt to meet the unique needs of the organization and be changed at any time, avoiding complex programming, and with imple- mentations being completed in a fraction of the time associated with legacy PDM;

đƫ Built on a single platform that provides application support for a broad range of users across disciplines, functions and the extended enterprise;

đƫ Easily upgradable, allowing manufacturers to take ad- vantage of software enhancements and avoid legacy issues by deploying new releases in a timely and economical manner.

The main enabler of IIoT is the digital thread, Macdonald said. “It is the connected digital information that refers to anything about a product, from its initial conception and design, through to its manufacture and in-field maintenance. But while pundits are painting the future of incredibly ‘smart’ factories, there’s a reason why the majority of manufactur- ers are not yet making IIoT real within their companies. Their data resides in unconnected silos and lacks context. Key to the architecture of future PLM is that it be built on a single platform that spans the enterprise. Thus, when a new product design emerges, manufacturing engineering can be auto- matically included in process flows to prepare everything required to actually manufacture the associated product.” With everything built on the same platform, informa-

tion flows easily and cross-functional processes become properly supported, Macdonald added, benefits that legacy systems cannot provide. “For example, a manu- facturing BOM (bill of materials) can be generated from a process flow that connects it with the engineering BOM. At the same time, other process flows are taking place. Manufacturing engineers working in quality control can have their quality management system automatically ref- erence the manufacturing process plans and work instruc- tions to ensure product quality is robust.”


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