Cloud-based applications can be used “as-is” without high initial investments, which makes them particularly interesting for start-ups or newly founded companies like Adient Aerospace. The manufacturer of aircraft seats, a joint venture between car seat manufacturer Adient and aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Company, recently began using PROSTEP’s leading data exchange platform OpenDXM GlobalX as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model from the cloud.
PROSTEP, a PLM consulting and software company is expanding its long-standing partnership with PLM vendor Dassault Systèmes to ensure that it is able to provide its customers with comprehensive support for their digitalization initiatives. The expanded partner agreement now allows PROSTEP to develop integration solutions for the public cloud variant of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and connect its leading data exchange platform, OpenDXM GlobalX, to 3DEXPERIENCE in a more flexible way.
PROSTEP is expanding its long-standing partnership with PLM manufacturer Dassault Systèmes to provide the company’s customers with comprehensive support for their digitization initiatives. We can now develop integration solutions for the public cloud variant of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as well as connect our OpenDXM GlobalX data exchange platform to 3DEXPERIENCE in a more flexible way.
The digital twin is an important, if not the most important, enabler for the digital transformation of business processes and the development of data-driven business models. This is why it is the focus of numerous digitalization initiatives in a wide range of industries. Companies however face a number of challenges when it comes to implementing the digital twin. One of these challenges, albeit not the biggest, is the fact that their existing PLM capabilities are most likely insufficient for this purpose and need to be expanded.
The products from agricultural machinery manufacturer CLAAS are becoming ever more complex, and this also true of the associated development processes. Talking to PROSTEP Newsletter, Dr. Kai Korthals, Head of Digital Product Engineering, explains how CLAAS intends to master this increasing complexity and looks at the role that PDM/PLM is playing in the company’s digitalization strategy.
During the last year, PROSTEP gave a boost to the development of the OpenPDM SHIP integration platform. The functionality was expanded in several areas, such as interfaces with CADMATIC and ShipConstructor or NAPA and NESTIX conversions. Continuous development of expertise in shipbuilding-specific software solutions remained high on our agenda.
What does PLM strategy look like in a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA)? This was the key question addressed at the first PROSTEP CONSULTING DAY. In three live sessions, those participating learned how our capability-based PLM strategy consulting helps them master the challenges posed by digitalization.
Everyone is talking about the digital twin – even in the shipbuilding industry. But is there something like an industry-wide understanding of what companies in the maritime industry mean by the term ‘digital twin’ and what they expect from it? To find out, PROSTEP conducted a cross-enterprise survey of shipyards, owners, suppliers and classification societies. Due to the novelty of the topic, we assumed that companies have different ideas about the digital twin. In many cases, it is indeed still considered a vision or a marketing buzzword. But there were also positive opinions: “We shouldn’t let ourselves be intimidated by the novelty of the topic. Many things already represent the ‘state of the art’ and can be used for innovation,” said a shipyard representative. At companies already implementing their first digital twin projects, the level of maturity of these projects varies widely. A key finding of the survey is that better collaboration between all the parties involved in developing and using digital twins would be desirable, but the uniform standards needed to achieve this are lacking.
Today, companies in the automotive, aerospace & defense, shipbuilding, consumer products and other verticals have invested millions of dollars and thousands of hours building PLM, ALM, production, scheduling, execution, and quality solutions using standard COTS business applications. The focus is to use standard functions and processes in these tools to reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Now the challenge is how to integrate these systems to provide a “higher level” of process management that cuts across business systems. PROSTEP’s OpenPDM can provide integration across the enterprise level set of applications with the focus of “re-use” and “federation” of data while maintaining “system of record” from the business systems responsible for authoring that key set of data elements.