Dassault Systèmes’ annual event – Manufacturing in the Age of Experience – held recently in Shanghai, China, featured global manufacturing thought-leaders and decision-makers who discussed digital trends, insights and best practices for sustainable manufacturing in the industry renaissance. The 5th edition of this annual event allowed the attendees to explore how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform creates opportunities and how to grow in a business environment where sustainability is not an option, but obligation.
Thought leaders from Accenture, China Center for Information Industry Development, FAW Group Corporation, Huawei, IDC and SATS joined the CEOs of Dassault Systèmes’ Driving sustainability with the virtual world brands DELMIA and NETVIBES EXALEAD on stage to delve into digital trends, value creation strategies and best practices for achieving sustainable growth, innovating and inspiring the future workforce. Their expertise and stories about how to tackle sustainable manufacturing & insights into Chinese manufacturing trends provided the attendees a lot of food for thought.
Through interactive experiences with Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, technological workshops, consulting sessions, networking opportunities and a ‘hackathon’ challenge, the attendees from the manufacturing sector could explore how to transform the way they invent, learn, produce and trade by using digital platforms, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins, robotics and more to optimise global operations, orchestrate value networks and leverage existing skills.
At the opening of Manufacturing in the Age of Experience event, Guillaume Vendroux, CEO, Delmia, declared, “Sustainability is a ‘must be’ and ‘must behave’ activity; but it is also a tremendous opportunity - the green marketplace is worth trillions, and it’s clearly a business and innovation driver.” He furthered, “Sustainability can and must extend to many parts of a company’s business, and manufacturing is no exception. Sustainable manufacturing is not only about energy efficiency or zero-waste strategy. It is about innovation for social and societal responsibility. And smart manufacturing with digital transformation is a prerequisite to sustainability.” He focused his discussion on the three pillars to achieve sustainable manufacturing and create value for all - workforce of the future, global operations optimisation and value network orchestration. Fostering collaboration, transparency, visibility & harmony across the value network is a way to create sustainable value for all stakeholders while delivering unique experiences to market, he concluded.
Getting smart about sustainable manufacturing
Ke Wang, Managing Director, Digital Production & Operations, Accenture China, delivered the keynote address on getting smart about sustainable manufacturing. He explained how digital value chains are central to delivering the next generation of consumer services. “For today’s customers, value isn’t only found in ‘the product’ a manufacturer produces and sells, but also in the services and experiences built around it. To deliver this kind of value, manufacturers must work ever more closely with their partner ecosystems to ideate, innovate, produce, sell and service products & experiences that are centred around the needs of individual consumers,” he opined.
According to Wang, there are three components every business needs to get right to ensure a smooth transition to sustainable digital manufacturing – align the strategy, prioritise the use-cases and ensure the technology foundation. Wang also presented the statistics on Smart Manufacturing in China. In 2018, the economic value of industrial digitalisation reached 24.9 trillion yuan, an increase of 23.1 per cent over 2017, he informed.
Automotive manufacturing in the age of experience
ABB and Dassault Systèmes have a wide spanning global partnership to offer customers in digital industries, a unique software solutions portfolio ranging from product life cycle management to asset health solutions. Michael Larsson, Group Vice President and Head of Robot Systems at ABB, delivered the keynote speech on automotive manufacturing in the age of experience. Driven by changing customer behaviours, labour shortages and the regionalisation of markets, the world of manufacturing is being disrupted, and ABB’s answer to these external drivers is more digital, flexible, with collaborative solutions, he said.
Shaping new power of industrial intelligence
Mark Chen, Vice President of Global Partner Business Dept, CLOUD BU Marketing & Sales, Huawei, gave insights on Huawei as an industrial internet platform, through its cooperation with Dassault Systèmes and presented a testimonial on how this collaboration jointly builds industry solutions to help industrial enterprises upgrade manufacturing.
Enabling enterprise digital transformation with Digital Twin
Albert Pozo, Chief Digital Officer, SATS, shared his experience with digital transformation and how the implementation of new modeling capabilities has become an essential capability that enables business transformation. SATS is Asia’s leading food solutions and gateway services provider that uses Dassault Systèmes’ 3D EXPERIENCE platform on the cloud to create a 3D Digital Twin experience of a virtual kitchen that pairs virtual and physical operations to provide data-driven analytics for better resource planning.
Sustainable manufacturing in action
Marie-Catherine Lizotte, Director of the DELMIA CoE Innovation Center, Dassault Systèmes, presented a programme on sustainable manufacturing in action to experience live the solutions in a holistic approach on the main stage.
Sustainable Hackathon challenge
In the Sustainable Hackathon challenge, 4 teams with 20 students from 5 countries, answered the challenge to develop in just 48 hours, their solutions for a sustainable manufacturing factory of the future. The Hackathon participants presented how sustainable manufacturing can be applied to the environment, the factory and the workers, in order to create the sustainable factory of the future. After hearing the pitches, the audience voted for the winning project. The award went to the Team Red that had developed a solution which uses sharing economy principles to be applied to a large-scale manufacturing.
Interactive learning expedition
The world is experiencing a global transformation in how we invent, learn, produce and trade. In this context, the event presented eight workshops with a dedicated scenario underlining the challenges and business value of a digital continuity showcase told through a relatable manufacturing story. The eight topics were: supply chain planning & optimisation, Digital Twin visualisation, optimised process planning, robot programming & virtual commissioning, operations & monitoring, collaborations & lean practices, maintenance management and interactive automation experience.
Chinese manufacturing perspectives
Day two of the event put the focus on manufacturing in China, where innovations come at impressive speed & scale. Ying Zhang, China Managing Director, Dassault Systèmes, presented on what is the manufacturing strategy in China and what is the perspective in the context of a global transformation toward sustainability. According to the Global Innovation Index, which reviews the innovation performance of nearly 130 economies around the world every year, China is number 14, leading the world with over US $2.01 trillion of manufacturing output, he informed.
Industrial software to intelligent manufacturing
In order to grasp the overall development situation of China's industrial software market, CCID Consulting evaluated the mainstream enterprises of China's industrial software market based on the scale of their revenues in the field of industrial software in 2018, and formed "2018 China's Industrial Software Enterprise Ranking List". Yunhou Wang, Vice General Manager, Software & Information Service Research Center, CCID, presented the situation and trends of China’s industrial software market.
Lean oriented MOM solution
Yang Dongxu, Director of Final Assembly Technology, FAW Group Corporation, gave a case study presentation on how Dassault Systèmes helped FAW Car to enhance their data collection processes.
Beyond Manufacturing 4.0
Robert Parker, Senior Vice President, IDC, shared data on the maturity of digital transformation in the manufacturing industry, both globally and in China, and provided a roadmap to a Future Operations model that enables manufacturing firms to take advantage of the economies of intelligence to innovate faster and more effectively.
Overall, the Manufacturing in Age of Experience event demonstrated how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help manufacturers to start and then accelerate their journey to sustainability, providing all the environment, ecosystems and tools to turn ideas into on-the-ground valuable actions, collaborate and scale solutions to create sustainable growth.