With our esteemed panellists from DASSAULT SYSTEMES in conversation with our editor, Shekhar Jitkar a five point agenda has evolved that could be a guide document for all corporations restoring their manufacturing operations post COVID-19?
Relooking at the Manufacturing Operations Management strategy for the shop floor. From masks to face shields, life-saving protective gear and equipment for workers, sanitisation and fumigation are an absolute necessity maintaining social distancing and protection of every worker on the shop floor.
Multiphysics simulation and Computation Fluid Dynamics of workplaces, plants, assembly lines using simulation technologies of sneezes and coughs that can distribute potentially dangerous particles of COVID-19 across a wide area should be undertaken at all workplaces be it at corporate office and at manufacturing units. Small yet effective measures like creating partition or placing fans at corridor ends could reduce risk of spread. Simulation of ventilated air and making partitions in accordance can reduce the risk significantly.
While most manufacturing organisations have attempted to improve their virtual manufacturing capabilities, few companies have fully embraced the absolutely necessity of a comprehensive virtual approach to manufacturing as the key to future success. A platform approach to digital manufacturing and unlocking the power of the Virtual Twin concept should be the basis for any manufacturing strategy.
Digital transformation and manufacturing transformation is mandatory ensuring that majority of workers collaborate remotely. It also means creating a network that connects plants to both the corporate network and the external internet. This is the foundation for manufacturing transformation. In the age of Virtual Twin, cloud computing and real-time data analysis digitally integrates manufacturing operations. So make your investments towards this domain as they offer cost flexibility and ease of usage.
In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, production and planning processes have become subject to a level of stress unprecedented in recent history. There are several challenges throw up due to this crisis. Production capacity is now subject to workforce absences and social distancing requirements that impacts throughput. Management now has to focus on balancing workforce capacity with costs and whether furloughing or downsizing today could impact the ability to rebound later. Visibility is now worse because suppliers either have been overloaded with demand or have supply/production problems of their own. Customer demand has become extremely volatile as demand for supplies and products changes dramatically through the lifecycle of the crisis.
To mitigate all of these together CXOs could look at a solution that models, plans and optimizes their business operations end to end. These could plan and optimize complex production value networks, optimise intricate logistics operations, and plan and schedule large, geographically diverse workforce with capabilities including predictive and prescriptive data analytics, forecasting, what-if scenario planning, collaborative decision-making, disruption handling and production scheduling.
Dassault Systemes is one of the technology vendor in the industry that has a strong portfolio in cloud with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications of simulation (SIMULIA), manufacturing operations management (DELMIA) and production scheduling and workforce management (QUINTIQ)