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Shaping the workforce of the future in the Philippines
Source：International Metalworking News for Asia- December 2019
Date Published：12/3/2019 09:12:23 AM
Prashanth Mysore, Global Strategic Business Development Director, Dassault Systèmes
Mysore commented, “We see a lot of pent-up demand for knowledge of the latest trends in digital manufacturing and ways in which it can help businesses achieve operational excellence. Dassault Systèmes works closely with our partners in the Philippines to actively reach out to Filipino manufacturers.”
Empowering the workforce of the future strategy
“Dassault Systèmes’ partnerships with our clients have always been focused on helping them to achieve sustainable growth through digital transformation of their business processes to succeed as new advanced technologies dramatically reshape the industrial landscape,” he explained.
Today, the new industrial revolution – Industry Renaissance – is driven by virtual worlds created and managed on virtual experience platforms, the infrastructure of Industry Renaissance. This infrastructure allows the company to visualise and control in the virtual world what we cannot see in the real world: the entire industrial ecosystem.
Dassault Systèmes industry solutions are powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which provides a powerful way for people to collaborate on product or process innovations by virtually simulating scenarios from real-world data. This means empowering both the current and future workforce with the tools to develop the skills of their people to innovate and work effectively with the latest digital technologies.
By providing people with readily available access to knowledge and integrating data on one single virtual experience platform, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help to improve workforce training effectiveness. Working collaboratively on virtual experience platforms train people to leverage collective intelligence and take on an innovation mind-set to doing business.
Challenges of adopting digital manufacturing
As digital transformation sweeps across the manufacturing sector, manufacturers are investing in technologies such as advanced analytics, cloud computing, 3D modelling and product simulation, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This has led to an “Industry Renaissance” where real-world factories and manufacturing processes are being optimised by virtual experiences, making way for “Smart Connected Factories”.
With digital technology, manufacturers can simulate before commencing production, leveraging heightened connectivity across manufacturing units. “At Dassault Systèmes, we believe this is the future of manufacturing, where we connect the physical factory with a virtual factory for continuous improvement and digitalised manufacturing,” Mysore remarked. To reimagine plant ecosystems, he mentioned that manufacturers are looking at six pressing challenges:
(1) Digitalised operations – The first step to any large-scale transformation is the transition to digital operational models. The Industry Renaissance will necessitate intelligent modes of operation from manufacturers, making digitalisation an imperative. (2) Accelerate innovation – As the pace of business accelerates, along with consumer demands for high-quality products delivered at speed, manufacturers have to achieve faster time-to-market. (3) Overcome complexity – Mass customisation is a significant trend, posing fresh challenges for manufacturers. Also, supply chains are expanding rapidly, alongside a scarcity of skilled professionals. It is important to use technology for breaking across disciplinary barriers, easing collaboration on the factory floor. (4) Operate globally, serve locally – Scalability must be balanced with a keen eye on geo-specific requirements where pan-enterprise, multi-locational standardisation does not stand in the way of serving regional customers. (5) Increase responsiveness – As age-old manufacturing processes quickly become obsolete, sufficient agility is required for adapting to technology disruptions, demand fluctuations, and process changes. (6) Drive operational excellence – To stay competitive in a dynamic marketplace, manufacturers are adopting methodologies such as lean production, supported by adequate investments.
Mysore revealed, “The future of manufacturing lies in harnessing this entire digital ecosystem to deliver exciting and sustainable experiences to eager customers. It is based on the concept of the ‘smart factory’, which interconnects machinery and systems on production sites, but also outside to clients, partners and other production sites. It’s not just digitalised manufacturing. Instead, it is digitalised manufacturing informed by new ways of inventing, learning, producing and trading that are shaking all sectors of the economy and society.”
Factory floor of the future
Disruptive technologies will drive digitalisation in manufacturing as part of an ecosystem-wide transformation. The factory of the future leverages virtual experience platforms to model manufacturing data, assets, products and processes to validate and address current and future challenges. These virtual experience platforms integrate data and information across the manufacturing enterprise, as well as from their supply networks, to create a virtual experience twin of the factory’s production floor.
Dassault Systèmes believes five experiences that are revolutionising the future of manufacturing in the context of this whole-ecosystem transformation:
Experience 1: Manufacturing in Operation – Companies need to manage new customer demands and expectations for highly customised products and shorter delivery times. To address these new challenges requires more flexibility and higher efficiency from their manufacturing assets. Experience 2: Lean Management – Key routines in operational management are mainly coming from the Lean principles, which involve teams to continuously improve overall performance. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform 3DLean app combines the best of both worlds: Lean Best Practices AND Operational Metrics on a single collaborative virtual experience platform. Experience 3: Model-based Manufacturing – The Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE twin allows manufacturers to model and perform “what if” analysis on manufacturing assets, products and processes to address current and future challenges. A fusion of technologies blurs the lines between the physical and digital domains, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems. Experience 4: IIoT & Manufacturing Analytics – Increasingly, connected devices are used on the shop floor to manage manufacturing operations. Those devices can be connected to machines, tools, sensors, RFID tags, AGVs, etc. They all contribute to a higher level of visibility into operations, higher levels of safety for the operator, better control of product quality and a more detailed level of traceability. Experience 5: Value Network Optimisation – Good manufacturing requires good planning. Value Network Optimisation will show you how to resolve challenges, optimise supply chain planning and enhance transparency and efficiency.
“Manufacturing is complex, and today’s hyper-connected, fast-evolving markets only add to the challenge. To address a global economy in an advanced digital age, manufacturers must have the visibility and control to satisfy customers who are demanding more than products and services—they want individualised, emotional experiences that they can own,” he declared.
Supporting midsize manufacturers
Dassault Systèmes’ industry solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform are deployed by global manufacturers around the world – both large and small – to digitally transform their production processes. The platform provides a global operations management cockpit that supports knowledgeable decision making to keep operations running smoothly. This helps companies optimise production for greater efficiency and output, while reducing costs and time-to-market. 3DEXPERIENCE also enables transformation of supply chains into value networks by removing barriers between business partners to deliver sustainable innovation to consumers. This means that smaller manufacturers can instantly work collaboratively with primes across the ecosystem.
Mysore imparted, “With these solutions, we help small to midsize manufacturers cultivate a workforce that can innovate, design and produce on a single virtual experience platform, helping them to build up the capabilities to expand their business when the time comes.”
Predictions for the next five years
When asked about his predictions in the next five years, Mysore commented that manufacturing has become a process of value creation and no longer just a means of producing goods and services. He predicted successful manufacturers will:
(1) Empower a digital workforce: The success of manufacturers in the next five years will depend on a digital workforce that is agile and committed to constant learning of new ways to deliver new products, services and solutions by working collaboratively on virtual experience platforms. (2) Enable effective collaboration across the ecosystem: Manufacturing ecosystems are complex, with multiple actors and assets spread out across geographies. Successful manufacturers will be those who will be able to collaborate effectively across their entire supply chain. This includes enhancing the ability to coordinate across industrial actors and connecting them quickly and efficiently in a very agile manner, while streamlining energy, resources and processes. (3) Adopt virtual experience twins: We will see the growing utilisation of virtual twins amongst manufacturers, with expanding use of IIoT sensors and devices in manufacturing plants. As IIoT data proliferates, the virtual experience twin will become more complete, more detailed, and even more valuable in increasing operational efficiency and speed up time-to-market. By combining the virtual world of production with the real world, manufacturers can more easily replicate and modify product design and manufacturing processes. (4) Improve decision automation through AI and big data: As artificial intelligence (AI) technology continues to mature, more and more manufactures will leverage the technology to automate repetitive decisions as well as leverage big data analytics for predictive analysis.