The 2018 Adaptive User Conference is now over. This year’s conference matched customers with industry experts, Adaptive employees and Dassault Systèmes all-stars to share visions and strategies about the future of PLM. We also mixed in some nice networking and dining experiences topped off by a dinner at the cozy Staller Winery. We look forward to planning an expanded event for next year. If you attended the event and want to share your experiences, feel free to comment below or send me an email.
Day One Conference Summary
The event was kicked off by Adaptive CEO Eric Doubell who greeted the attendees and discussed how Adaptive works with customers to meet their product lifecycle management needs.
Eric introduced keynote speaker John Hayes, President of Engineering.com who presented the Six Reasons Why Your Product Design Practices Won’t Survive in 2020. John’s an engineer turned journalist who conducts ongoing research into the latest engineering trends. In his opinion, we are experiencing an exciting time in technology. Today’s technology disruptions are bigger than CAD was in the 1990s. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a great example of how technology is disrupting everyday life. For instance, the evolution of miniaturized sensors can instrument any products you make. John went on to discuss Digital Twin as a mainstream strategic technology. He acknowledged Dassault Systèmes for creating a platform which knits technologies together to share a common view of data. John also discussed other leading trends including Augmented/Virtual Reality, Machine Learning, and Products as a Service.
The conference continued with a presentation from Ramesh Haldorai of Dassault Systèmes who discussed how companies are using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to accelerate the digital design process. Kevin Baughey, Head of Product Development for the ENOVIA brand discussed how to achieve true concurrent engineering through digitalization. Next, Scott Pokriefka of Dassault Systèmes explained how the POWER’BY strategy enables users of CATIA V5, SOLIDWORKS, and other design software connect to and leverage the power of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
After lunch, Bill Ruccio discussed how to develop an effective Quality Management process on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Bill’s presentation was followed by a customer presentation from Luis Dominguez of Atlas Copco and how they’re implementing quality processes in their PLM environment. Ramesh Haldorai and Kevin Baughey followed with a joint presentation on Modeling and Simulation Mechatronics Behavior. Kevin went on to discuss how to measure process effectiveness using ENOVIA PLM analytics.
The day wrapped up with a lively roundtable discussion about PLM cloud implementation challenges. How to deal with customizations and developing PLM deployment roadmaps were both popular discussion topics.
That evening we enjoyed a visit to the Staller Winery. This quaint, family-run winery hosted a wonderful wine pairing dinner.
Day Two Summary
Day two kicked off with a keynote presentation by Razorleaf Chief Architect Jonathan Scott. He presented an excellent overview of how to start your model-based enterprise and digital thread journey. Jonathan defined the model-based enterprise and what a digital thread should be. He then went on to discuss how companies could implement these digitalization strategies.
Jonathan’s keynote was followed by Matt Derov of the SIMULIA brand who presented ways to manage simulation data and processes. Kevin Baughey joined us again for a presentation about linking design intent to the plant floor and discussed the differences between engineering bill of materials (EBOM) and manufacturing bill of material (MBOM) processes.
Representatives of Oceaneering discussed how they were able to deploy the 3DEXPERIENCE platform across their global engineering organization. They were followed by Dave Pimblett of the Dassault Systèmes DELMIA brand who demonstrated how to expand the model-based enterprise to manufacturing operations and scheduling.
Mike Koepp of Adaptive wrapped up the conference with a talk on ways to link the physical world to your digitalized world using 3D printing and 3D scanning.
Conference attendees also had the chance to try their hands with the new IHP Virtual Reality system from Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA brand. Florian Bardet and Maria Sullivan of Adaptive demonstrated the workstation-based system. Customers were given the chance to immerse themselves into a 3D model using VR headsets and wands. Jason Rose of Markforged demonstrated the Mark II 3D printer by printing sample parts with their innovative ONYX material.
Overall, it was a great conference. The two-day event encouraged open discussions between users and product experts. We also had a nice opportunity to network in a relaxed environment and explore the scenic Wisconsin countryside. We’ll soon begin planning for next year. I hope that you can join us.