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Note: Since this announcement, Siemens PLM Software released the latest versions of its Teamcenter 8 and Tecnomatix 9 software suites. Check out Manufacturing AUTOMATION's coverage.IBM and Siemens PLM Software announced joint offerings to help companies share manufacturing plans and product data, and improve the management of products throughout their lifecycle–from design and manufacturing to end-of-life planning and recycling."As products become more sophisticated and the number of suppliers and manufacturers increases around the globe," the company says, "companies need a more intelligent and well-connected framework to support the accurate exchange of millions of data transactions. These transactions are important in the design and manufacturing of mechanical, software and electrical components critical in products from planes and ships to global positioning systems and cell phones."Using IBM's Product Development Integration Framework (PDIF) as a development platform and primary integration environment, Siemens will deliver "ready-to-use" solutions built on its Teamcenter PLM software portfolio and IBM WebSphere and Information Management (DB2). PDIF also enables a richer integration between Siemens Teamcenter and Rational Software Platform for Systems.Additionally, IBM and Siemens will jointly provide a range of services including consulting and implementation, systems integration and application hosting." ""By using a flexible software environment, companies have a framework for marrying key PLM business processes to technology initiatives that offer a structured approach to managing the life of a product," said Michael Wheeler, vice-president of IBM PLM and Supply Chain Solutions.""For line-of-business users from product development to supply chain it means faster access to information and better performance to support collaboration for global product development," stated Michael Burkett, leading industry analyst and vice-president of AMR Research. "The technology certification is significant in its depth where Teamcenter PLM is now optimized to run on IBM applications including WebSphere and DB2," he added.By exploiting the open computing flexibility of IBM's service-oriented architecture (SOA) and IBM's PDIF, companies can address the challenge of making sure millions of pieces of data and design plans are exchanged accurately throughout the product lifecycle communities." The companies says this combination helps companies build, extend and transform their existing infrastructures incrementally over time by allowing multiple systems to re-use business services and incorporate new technologies such as web-based collaboration across the product supply chain.www.ibm.com/solutions/plmwww.siemens.com/plm
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - COSS Systems has launched a new ERP product for manufacturers, in partnership with Microsoft. The product was introduced to COSS customers at the Microsoft Canada office in Mississauga earlier this month.
Manufacturers move from Lean to agile manufacturing to adapt to dynamic global marketsLean manufacturing is a term applied to companies that are very good at managing what is in their control, and finding ways to continuously improve areas within their shop management that prove to be inefficient. But manufacturers that have worked for years to get Lean and become Leaner may be wondering, "What's next?"Agility is the ability to thrive and prosper in an environment of constant and unpredictable change. Agile manufacturing deals with the things that are not readily controlled. This relatively new concept is seen as the next step after Lean in the evolution of production methodologies, but many have not yet begun to implement these new tactics. In fact, a recent study found that while 40 percent of respondents are engaged in Lean manufacturing, less than four percent pursued agile manufacturing.The basic concept of agile manufacturing is developing what could best be called a nimble mindset when it comes to understanding market environments. In short, rapid changes in the market environment are not something to be feared, but should be seen as opportunities to beat the competition to the punch. Rapid changes in the market call for rapid responses. This notion of changeability is at the heart of new movements in manufacturing based on production agility.AGILE MANUFACTURING IN THE JOB SHOPAgile manufacturing represents a complete shift in the mindset of production industries in the 21st century; one in which there is both a greater relationship between technology and worker skills, and greater customer access to, and demands upon, the core competencies of their manufacturers/vendors.By its denoted value, agile manufacturing implies a sense of flexibility. In today's dynamic global marketplace, where the business variables are often unknown and changing, it is incumbent on the manufacturer to be able to respond to evolving demands at a pace that, in the past, would simply be considered unrealistic. However, the modern job shop has itself evolved to this point of accommodating increasingly shortened lead times and 90-degree engineering changes. Paperless routers facilitate computerized linkages from sales order generation to the tracking of shipments. Shop floor wireless systems account for inventory levels, automated purchasing and materials movement. Engineering schemata (particularly changes in design and construction) can be relayed directly to machine operators via graphical user interfaces as they are generated.In other words, technology and technique have evolved in manufacturing so much so that agility could very well be considered state of the art. Agility is a result of streamlining to sharpen processes on the shop floor to hasten order fulfillment and, in doing so, maximize capacity for increased productivity. THE ROLE OF ERPTechnology is an enabling factor in agile manufacturing. Identifying the right technology that helps the whole shop share a common database of parts and products, and production capacities and trouble spots within the supply chain, is key. Responding deftly to customer demands, materials shortages or other contingencies is crucial, considering that small initial problems are typically amplified down the line.A first step toward becoming an agile manufacturer is developing the means by which business intelligence of the marketplace is made meaningful, and production is wholly synthesized through integration. ERP software brings all areas of the manufacturing operation into a single, real-time database where the actions of one department never happen in isolation; where all aspects of the operation are capable of responding quickly to customer demands. Particularly suited for agile manufacturing, ERP software provides the basis for rapid communications and the exchange of data, as well as the means by which responsive actions can be made quickly to ensure competitive advantage.The manufacturer that has made the effort to instill agility through ERP has the competitive advantage when it comes to quickly transforming knowledge into new products and services for its customers. AGILE MANUFACTURING IN THE REAL WORLDWhile agile manufacturing is still a novel concept and has not yet been fully implemented across the broader spectrum of manufacturing, some early adopters are already seeing the benefits.Humanetics, a precision metal works company based in Dallas, Tex., is an example of the sort of agile thinking taking place in manufacturing today. Not only is its workforce occupationally dimensional, the production model is one that takes advantage of the unique strengths of each of the company's four facilities. With the acquisition of a plant in Wuxi, China, Humanetics is able to produce products for the Asian market using local labour and resource efficiencies. However, Humanetics has also found that it can create a hybrid manufacturing model by combining Chinese overhead efficiencies (initial labour and materials) in alliance with American quality standards (for finishing) to provide low-cost, high-quality finished goods for a global marketplace.To maintain real-time connectivity between a large database of shop information, Humanetics implemented a robust ERP software system that provides the company with the capability to navigate production schedules, inventory management and cost accounting for the information flowing from all four of its geographically dispersed plants. As orders are taken, processes are planned accordingly to ensure that throughput is efficient, international movement of parts is smooth, quality is maintained and delivery is on time. Ultimately, it is its agile ERP software system that provides a sense of total flexibility to what Humanetics does as a multi-location manufacturer.AGILE MANUFACTURING TOMORROWIn a global economy, windows of opportunity open quickly and can close just as fast. The more agile the manufacturer, the greater the rewards to be gained from being the first responder to customer needs. Expanding the customer-base through emerging and diverse markets necessitates the quick reflexes that result from the consistent improvement of business intelligence.Innovation in the market provides the greatest growth opportunities for companies who are quickest because of their concerted efforts to be agile. Dusty Alexander is the president of Global Shop Solutions, an ERP software provider based in The Woodlands, Tex.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Autodesk, Inc., a provider of 2-D and 3-D design software, has launched the AutoCAD Exchange, an online destination for AutoCAD users to connect and learn from experts, provide feedback to the product developers, and access professional tools that can help them do their jobs better.
DENVER, Colo. - The CAD Society is now accepting nominations of CAD industry developers, pundits and experts for the 2009 CAD Society Industry Awards, which acknowledge the contributions made by individuals who have affected and developed the CAD, engineering, manufacturing and architecture software industries.
ORLANDO, Fla. - At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009, for a brief moment, it was easy to forget about the global economic challenges facing the manufacturing industry. The location was the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., where 4,300-plus engineers gathered for the SolidWorks World 2009 International User Conference and Exposition.
EDMONTON, Alta. - The OPC Training Institute (OPCTI) recently released a vendor-neutral whitepaper that discusses how automation integrators can use standards-based OPC technology to share data between two or more control systems.The whitepaper discusses the need to "bridge" control systems and explains how to do it using third-party applications. The paper addresses many of the questions and concerns engineers, process control personnel, integrators, end-users and automation professionals have when using OPC Technology to bridge control systems. To read the whitepaper, visit http://www.opcti.com/docs/whitepapers/OPC_Bridging_Transfers_Data_between_Systems.pdf.
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As enterprise IT organizations continue to adopt green principles, they’ll take another look at technologies that reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, both within the IT shop and across the business. Enterprises going green will give a nudge to technology markets such as collaboration, videoconferencing, thin-client systems, and data centre outsourcing. With the number of enterprises adopting green IT practices increasing, IT managers will take a hard look at technologies that can help their operations become more efficient and sustainable. Two technology markets – collaboration and visualization software – that are already soaring will get an additional boost from companies implementing a green IT initiative. Collaboration software like team workspaces, Web conferencing and other messaging and social computing tools for individuals and teams is a fast-rising priority for enterprise IT organizations. In 2007, a Forrester survey found that 15 per cent of enterprises in Europe and North America rated implementing a collaboration strategy as a critical priority, and another 34 per cent called it a priority. With enhanced collaboration and teleworking tools, enterprises can cut carbon emissions from employee commuting and reduce their office space footprint. The advent of green IT may provide afterburners to the virtualization market’s rocket ride. The consolidation of application workloads that results from server virtualization is widely recognized as a powerful impetus to green IT initiatives, offering users both operating (power) and capital expense reductions. Other technology markets that don’t have the same strong uptake as collaboration and virtualization may also get a boost from enterprise customers looking to green their IT operations. Videoconferencing has long been a stepchild of IT and communications systems. Expensive bandwidth, balky interfaces, and unsatisfactory user experiences have impeded adoption and use. Green IT may change this picture by introducing environmental responsibility as a new factor in a company’s consideration of videoconferencing systems. New HD-based conference room systems have dramatically upgraded the usability and overall experience of video communication, but the six-figure-per-room price tag of such equipment can be hard to justify. However, reduced travel costs can be substantial, as seen by Cisco, where company travel expenses were reduced by $240 million. The benefits of putting most PC processing power in a managed data centre environment, leaving only a keyboard, monitor, and virtual PC operating system at the desktop – known as thin-client systems – improves the manageability and security of distributed computing, ensuring, for example, that all users have the same software image. Despite the benefits, questions and resistance remain, and the standard "fat-client" desktop PC is still by far the choice of corporate IT. But in that same survey, another 20 per cent to 25 per cent of enterprise respondents were either planning to implement or were interested in thin-client alternatives. Environmental factors such as reduced power consumption and longer product life cycles were among the reasons that these users will take another look at thin-client options. Long envisioned by pundits as the ideal future state of corporate IT infrastructure, data centre outsourcing has never achieved adoption in line with its theoretical attractiveness. Our survey data from 2007 indicates that fewer than one in five corporate IT shops outsource data centre management or mainframe computing operations – and that a quarter of companies that do outsource plan to bring those services back in-house. But this meager adoption may get a lift from green IT. Activity aimed at making corporate data centres energy efficient has reached a fever pitch. For a number of companies, outsourcing part or all of their infrastructure will be the way to tap service providers that are much more energy efficient, thereby reducing energy costs and cutting carbon emissions. Companies taking a second look at data centre outsourcing will follow one – or a mixture – of three primary paths. The first is traditional outsourcing where companies offload their entire data centre infrastructure and personnel to an IT services provider. The second is colocation where companies put customer-owned IT equipment into data centre facilities that service providers. This is an option for companies that want to avoid the capital outlays associated with expanding, optimizing, or building new data centres. The third path is a new umbrella term – cloud computing – that encompasses both new data centre architectures and software-as-a-service (SaaS) business models. Outsourcing application workloads to such cloud computing centres will often give user companies the added fillip of tapping greener energy sources to power their computing services, reducing the carbon footprint of their IT operations. Christopher Mines is a senior vice-president with Forrester Research (www.forrester.com). His research focuses on how green IT will change the design, marketing and operation of IT systems.
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