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26 Jun 2018
3DEXPERIENCE

Consumer Goods: Moving at the Speed of Social Media

Customers today can be fickle. Our attention spans—conditioned by years of bite-size news, messages, video clips, and posts—are notoriously short. It’s both a boon and a hazard to manufacturers of consumer goods that the power of social media can make trends viral in the blink of an eye—and discards them just as quickly. Today’s hot product is tomorrow’s “over it” post, and brands have to be quick to respond to stay relevant.

That’s why manufacturers with hopes of competing in the global marketplace must be able to communicate, design, and produce faster than ever before. They have to deliver not just at the speed of today’s global business, but at the pace of social media.

Of course, most manufacturers aren’t merely watching cultural trends go past and hoping to jump on the merry-go-round, they’re also being bombarded with opinions, feedback, criticism, kudos, and requests for help. Their customers around the world are demanding safe, high-quality, and timely products. And most manufacturers are handling all of that while also dealing with a multitude of internal, disconnected systems. It’s an ever-increasing challenge to imagine, design, and deliver innovative consumer goods, especially for small to medium-sized businesses.

The Communication Challenge

Manufacturers don’t typically establish their operations with a fully planned, cohesive network of information. Instead, they tend to grow from tiny operations, adding on software systems and databases of information as necessary to house a litany of ideas, specifications, CAD models, and more. It’s an organic means of growing a business that tends to result in siloed information in a variety of disconnected systems—and difficulty in maintaining a single, shared vision.

Disconnected islands of information make it difficult to design and manufacture products quickly, much less to be agile enough to design and produce a product based on customer feedback. But that’s where a single, integrated platform can be a manufacturer’s game-changer.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Solution

A product lifecycle management (PLM) platform can form the basis of a manufacturer’s operations. With multiple components seamlessly integrated together—everything from 3D CAD software, project management, simulation, and manufacturing—you can sustain and preserve all of your operational data in one place. The “single source of truth” allows you to exchange data with such widely flung and disparate groups as R&D, production, procurement, marketing, and even customers.

In fact, PLM leader, Dassault Systèmes has developed My Product Portfolio, a unique solution designed for consumer goods companies based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. This solution takes advantage of cloud-based technology to provide a solution for global manufacturers. The solution gives product managers the ability to track customer requests (features) from inception through production—providing an unparalleled opportunity for follow-through and customer satisfaction. Internal teams can engage customers, gather insights, conduct user studies and product tests—then store the information where it can be accessed by any party involved in the product lifecycle. The same is true for design data, marketing information, production schedules, and more. An integrated PLM platform isn’t merely one source of truth, it’s also one source for communication, innovation, and collaboration.

The Bottom-Line Benefits

A solution like My Product Portfolio makes it easy for small and medium retail goods manufacturers to collaborate and produce with the resources of much larger corporations. It provides a collaborative cloud-based system that ensures better communication between all stakeholders. A project management solution for tracking product enhancements and changes throughout the manufacturing process. More efficient engineering and simulation tools reduce the need for physical prototypes. Shortening development and production time. All of these tools improve business processes to save money and accelerate new product time-to-market. No longer do manufacturers have to look at “right, fast, and cheap” and only choose two. With the right tools, they can make the product right for the customer, deliver it fast—at the speed of cultural trends and social media—and save money through collaboration and increased communication.

06 Mar 2018
Adaptive

Adaptive to Join Dassault Systèmes at IHA Smart Home Pavilion

Adaptive Adaptive Corporation representatives will be joining Dassault Systèmes at the “Smart Home Pavilion”, part of the International Home & Housewares 2018 Show. The show will be held March 10-13 at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.

How Smart Kitchens will improve our lifestyle experience.

The Smart Home Pavilion will demonstrate how the future of housewares is quickly moving toward the smart home. Connectivity is being incorporated into nearly every corner of the home – from light bulbs to coffee brewers, from thermostats to ovens – connected products, once only a dream, are fast becoming a reality. Smart products too are making an impact – from Alexa to Siri, from vacuuming robots to trash cans – intelligent sensors are changing the way we live in, and interact with, our homes.

Listen to Dassault Systèmes session on Sunday, March 11 at 2.30 PM in the Smart Pavilion and watch a connected food robot come to life.

Susan Olivier, Worldwide Business Development for the Consumer Goods & Retail Industry at Dassault Systèmes, will lead a talk about How Smart Kitchens will improve our lifestyle experience.

When: Sunday March 11, at 2.30 PM
Where: Smart Home Pavilion, Hall of Global Innovation – Lakeside Center Lobby

Kitchens are becoming more and more intelligent, helping us improve our culinary skills like never before. With the rise of the Internet of Things, appliances are increasingly connected to each other, to the Internet and to our smartphones.

Discover the amazing journey of Nestor, a connected food robot, from initial market trends and customer requirements to freeform and detail design all using groundbreaking software applications. During our talk, we will show how industrial designers and engineers can ideate, design, engineer and produce smart kitchen appliances like Nestor by blending creativity and technical function.

 

 

20 Feb 2018

Adaptive Corporation Receives Platinum Designation in the Dassault Systèmes Partner Program

DSS_Platinum_Partner_AdaptiveAdaptive Corporation, the leading Digital to Physical Product Lifecycle Company, was recently named a Platinum Partner in Dassault Systèmes Value Solutions channel for 2018. The Platinum Partner designation is reserved for Partners that are highly engaged in Dassault Systèmes’ business and identified as best-in-class performers in the 3DS ecosystem. The award is based on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which measure expertise in sales performance and efficiency, strategic alignment, and commitment. Other partner designations are Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

“Receiving this recognition from Dassault Systèmes is an honor for us at Adaptive,” said Eric Doubell, CEO of Adaptive Corporation. “We have tough competition in the Value Solutions channel and we are in great company at the Platinum level. We look forward to continuing our participation in this program as we further build upon our strengths as a reseller for Dassault. Ultimately, this effort helps us improve our ability to execute as an organization and ensures a positive customer experience when companies choose Adaptive Corporation.”

Read the press release

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28 Nov 2017

White Paper: Optimizing Medical Device Development with Full Regulatory Compliance

How to Integrate Quality Throughout Your Product Lifecycle

A variety of factors are vital to the long-term success of a company and a product line, including price/cost, time-to-market, and more. But in this age of global communication—particularly in this era of social media usage, when an opinion or comment can go viral—one of the most important priorities for any company is product quality. That’s especially true for medical device manufacturers—companies whose customers’ lives often depend on the quality of the manufactured product.

The challenge many manufacturers face, however, is maintaining quality, as well as traceability and transparency, not just at one point in the product lifecycle, but throughout. That challenge is often compounded by siloed design, production, and change systems that don’t easily share information with each other or provide accessibility to all stakeholders in the process—something that impacts more than just the product itself.

As a new paper from Dassault Systèmes, “Optimizing Medical Device Development with Full Regulatory Compliance,” notes:

Quality information must be highly visible throughout an organization to ensure that any and all decisions…are informed in a timely, efficient, and accurate fashion.

Unfortunately, even when companies know that quality is so important, they don’t always make it the focus, as they scramble to get products to market or as different teams struggle with poor cross-functional communication. And that’s a problem. As the article points out:

Achieving product quality is a multidimensional challenge and failure to manage quality in an integrated way throughout the total product lifecycle jeopardizes a company’s profitability and reputation.”

The ideal solution is total transparency of the product lifecycle across functions, organizations, teams, stakeholders, and more. And that’s exactly what a PLM system—an enterprise-wide, cross-functional solution that provides a “formalized, systematic approach for managing all aspects of product quality, reliability, and risk”—can deliver.

PLM platforms also help organizations optimize design controls, communication, and product/technology reuse. By handling requirements management for both mass-market manufacturing and specialized, configure-to-order business models, as well as requirements validation through simulation and systems engineering, PLM solutions enable manufacturers to maintain traceability of customer needs being met throughout the lifecycle, from concept to design to finished product feature. In addition, search tools and integrated processes such as quality management solutions save manufacturers money and ensure communication and transparency organization-wide.

In short, a platform-based PLM solutionbreaks down organizational boundaries so companies can achieve the ultimate goal of increased patient safety while delivering innovative healthcare breakthroughs.”

To learn more about how a PLM solution can help your organization, download the whitepaper: