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06 Aug 2019

2019 Tire Symposium: Tire Simulation Driven Design

September 9th, 2019
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Akron-Fairlawn, Aspen Room

Join Adaptive at this special, complimentary event the day before the 38th Annual Meeting & Conference on Tire Science and Technology. 

You’ll learn how the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can address different tire design & simulation workflows.

Other discussion topics will include:

  • Tire footprint analysis with an integrated design and simulation process, tread meshing & material calibration, all using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform
  • Multiphysics topics including Tire Noise and Wet Traction (Hydroplaning, Wet Grip)
  • Improving tire simulation realism through workflows such as Heat Generation & Heat Transfer, Plunger Energy Test and Manufacturing Simulation

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The symposium will begin at 8:30 and end at approximately 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Seats are filling fast. Act now to reserve your place and take advantage of this free event and see the most advanced approaches in Tire Engineering. The deadline for registration is September 5th, 2019.

Download the agenda.

24 Jun 2019

Workshop: Optimizing Quality Control in the Aerospace Supply Chain

July 18
Flightdeck Flight Simulation Center
1650 Sinclair Street
Anaheim, CA 92806

Join us for our free workshop from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. in Anaheim. Register today.

Leveraging 3D Model Based Definition (3DMBD) Data in the Aerospace Supply Chain

Speaker: Randy Becker, Senior Quality Inspector, Aerospace OEM

Aerospace OEMs such as Boeing, Gulfstream and Bombardier are changing from a drawing-based authority to a 3D model-based paradigm. Although OEMs have seen substantial cost reduction by eliminating drawings, it has caused a huge impact to the aerospace supply chain. During this session.Randy Becker will present best practices on how to use 3DMBD data to streamline manufacturing operations and ensure OEM quality deliverables are met.

3DMBD – An Aerospace Suppliers Perspective

Speaker: Jamie Young, President, My Machine Inc.

During this presentation, Jamie will present how My Maine uses 3DMBD Data to manufacture, inspect and deliver machined parts to Boeing.

Automating In-Process Inspection with 3D Scanning

Speaker: Frank Thomas, Metrology Specialist, Adaptive Corp.

Speaker: Larry Kuehn, Quality Guru, Adaptive Corp.

In-Process inspection can be a time and resource consuming process. By incorporating Adaptive’s “Universal Metrology Platform,” customers can select a wide range of 3D scanning solutions for fast real-time in-process inspection of production parts. Attendees to this session will learn:

  • What is the Universal Metrology Automation (UMA) Platform?
  • What types of Robots does UMA support?
  • What do we mean by “real-time” inspection?
  • Is there any SPC data collected?
  • How do I compare the physical part to the CAD data nominal with tight tolerances?

*2 – 5 p.m. is an optional tour of the Flight Simulation Center: Experience the thrill of aerial maneuvers at 600 knots and air-to-air combat in an authentic military flight simulator. Feel what it’s like to take the controls of a commercial airliner in our Boeing 737 flight simulator.

08 Apr 2019
EV effect

How the Growth of Electric Vehicles Will Impact CIOs and Their IT Strategies

It’s no surprise that electric vehicles (EVs) will radically change the automotive industry. The question is if you’re a CIO, do you stay on the sidelines to observe and play conservatively or charge ahead and innovate to grab a share of the market early?

There are suppliers who want to see more certainty and confidence in the market before they dive right in.

But one thing is certain: This shift will drive CIOs to evaluate their current supply chain and rethink their technology. Electrification opens up possibilities that require new software and service platforms for the entire ecosystem. They’ll need to digitally connect with consumers and track things like electricity production, charging stations, and usage. IT can be the driver for mainstream consumer adoption of EVs.

This article gives you a brief summary of a report on electric vehicles by Gartner Analyst Michael Ramsey. You’ll get an overview on the potential sales of EVs, what CIOs in the automotive industry need to know in planning for the future, and what obstacles could slow progress.

Let’s first look at the stats to see the projected growth of EVs.

EV Growth Over the Next Decade

In the last four years, EV sales have tripled, but it’s expected to jump more steadily moved forward. In 2018, production of battery electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles was 1.8 million (1.8% of total vehicles).

According to Gartner, over the next five years automotive companies will spend approximately $260 billion launching more than 200 new EV models.

Edison Electric Institute and the Institute for Electric Innovation forecast approximately 7 million electric vehicles will be traveling on U.S. roads by the end of 2025.

It is projected to take about 10 years to hit mass EV ownership. By 2030, LMC Automotive forecasts sales of battery electric vehicles to climb to 18.1 million. That means hybrid and EVs could make up 48% or more of all car sales in 2030.

What Changes Will EVs Drive?

With the rise of EVs come big changes—from the auto industry to the electricity system to the consumer level. On the other hand, EVs introduce possibilities of competitive advantages in speed, quality, and lower costs. Gartner explains the adjustments CIOs have to consider and the actions they can take preparing for the long term.

There are several major changes, but here we’ll look at two of them.

2 Changes of the EV Effect:

1. EVs reduce part complexity with fewer moving parts.

Mechanically it’s simpler. Gartner interviewed experts at the engineering firm, Munro & Associates. They explained that EVs don’t need parts like the internal combustion engine, transmission , or exhaust systems making the mechanics simpler.

The complexity shifts to the electrical components for things like the electric drive train, reconfigurable interiors, battery and thermal management systems. Electro-mechanical components will also replace hydraulic parts like oil and water pumps.

Benefits: This affects the entire supply chain and means shorter development and assembly times.

Gartner recommends CIOs evaluate and rethink the following:

  • Evaluate the current supply chain.
    • Do your current PLM systems have the capabilities to devleop EVs?
    • Is manufacturing capable of executing the assembly?
    • What is needed to revamp the supply chain and does the existing ERP system work well with it?
  • Compare current software platforms to new third-party software.
    • CIOs should work with engineers, finance, and manufacturing to evaluate existing software and compare new third-party software designed for EVs. Once they determine the shortest path with the best quality and lowest cost, then they can decide if it’s time to change vendors.
  • Develop a case to move to the cloud.
    • IT is responsible for providing smooth communications internally and with customers. now is the time to develop a case to move to cloud-based software that will enable the organization to streamline their operations and information exchange and seamlessly connect to consumers and their EVs.

2. Electrification opens up new opportunities to collaborate.

This is the time to rethink your ERP system and focus on long-term customer experience beyond the sale of the EV. This means collaboration with other companies in the ecosystem and with consumers.

Gartner’s recommendations:

Gartner recommends CIOs use IT to help gather and share information with all parties on critical matters such as charging these vehicles safely, conveniently, and cost effectively. Consumer trust is at stake every step of the way.

Some suggestions include:

  • Create a new system for charging capabilities.
    • Collaborate with utility CIOs to provide vehicle location and charging status to help them plan for electricity production and usage.
    • Work internally and with ERP vendors to create a new system that handles charging issues like battery state of charge (SoC), charging availability, and billing solutions.
    • Create an ongoing dialogue with consumers through new digital services.
  • Develop industry standards and universal charging access to network providers.
    • CIOs can collaborate with and create connections between charging network providers and EV owners through cloud-based identification so they’re not left without resources.
  • Prepare for blockchain solutions for accountability or innovation.
    • Understand and prepare for blockchain solutions where the data is decentralized, easily verifiable, continually updated, and securely validated. Blockchain would allow for accountability of energy generation and energy usage credits for charging EVs.

Obstacles

Even though the future shows high projected growth, there are obstacles that could slow the rise and adoption of EVs.

Some of these obstacles are:

  1. Recharging times still too long: Could take 30 minutes to 12 hours at a charging station.
  2. Lack of public charging stations: Limited charging ability in the workplace and along the highways.
  3. Unacceptable driving ranges: Current driving ranges fall short of the average consumer’s expectations of 245-300 miles before battery needs charging.
  4. Lack of universal connector standards: High-voltage fast charging stations require multiple adapters not usable in some EVs.
  5. Lack of universal access to chargers: Chargers are part of either free, subscription-based, or closed-access disparate networks with limited connections between them.
  6. Consumer appeal has dropped: Higher EV pricing, low gas prices, loss of consumer interest in fuel efficiency, and end of tax credits has limited the appeal to switching to EVs.
  7. Billing and accountability challenges: Challenges in billing and accountability for generating energy and tracking production and usage.
  8. Need more education on EVs: Many consumers don’t understand the difference between an EV and a hybrid, the advantages of EVs, and what car manufacturers really offer.

These 8 obstacles are just a few of the challenges today that could impact the growth of EVs. However, they won’t stop the movement to electrification.

Gartner suggest CIOs understand and keep on top of the obstacles, changes, and opportunities. Evaluate their existing supply chain and IT strategy. Then study the recommendations to prepare for this shift.

CIOs must implement changes that make sense for their company to successfully impact the EV market. Automakers have to strike a balance between ROI and developing smarter technologies that delight and build trust with consumers.

Summary

There is high projected growth in electric vehicles in the next decade. As with any industry disruption, obstacles will get in the way and could slow the rise and adoption of EVs, but won’t stop it.

Electrification will create disruptive changes with new possibilities for CIOs and their IT systems in the automotive industry.

Two major changes include:

  • EVs reduce part complexity with fewer moving parts and will disrupt the supply chain.
  • Electrification opens up new opportunities to collaborate.

IT can be the driver for mainstream consumer adoption of electric vehicles. It’s important for CIOs in this industry to watch the progress, understand the implications, and take advantage of new opportunities with electrified vehicles to succeed.

For more in depth information please read the full Gartner report, “What a CIO Needs to Know About the Rise of Electric Vehicles.”

Do you need help to evaluate your supply chain? We’d be happy to discuss a complete Digital to Physical Product Lifecycle solutions. Contact us today.

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11 Feb 2019

Gartner: How Supply Chain Teams Can Define and Achieve a PPL

Every manufacturer wants a perfect product launch (PPL). But the truth is, most launches are far from ideal. In fact, Gartner reports that more than 40% of the time manufacturers, customers, or both don’t consider product launches perfect.

In their report, “Supply Chain Drives Achievement of Perfect New Product Launches,” Gartner identifies a logical path – and responsible party – for defining comprehensive, enterprise-wide PPLs. The answer, they believe, rests with those managing the supply chain.

The Challenge: Who Owns PPL?

Growth through product improvements and/or new products and services within current market segments are high priorities for CEOs and chief supply chain officers (CSCOs) alike – botoh executive roles see them as key to corporate growth. Unfortunately for CSCs, Gartner says, “It’s unclear what role ‘owns’ the definition and execution of perfect product launches, but as supply chain often bears the most blame when product launches go wrong.”

The flip side of pressure and responsibility is usually opportunity and resources. For CSCOs this can mean the wherewithal to make process improvements-notably, the chance to redefine everything from “product design, development, and launch activities in an end-to-end framework to achieve continuous improvement.” In short, if CSCOs are in the spotlight, they should take the opportunity to define PPL processes and metrics.

But CSCOs should also be careful not to silo themselves. If they first focus on developing a vision and planning improvements, based on what supply chain can control and what metrics their team needs, they only add to another common problem. Gartner found that companies who don’t collaborate with leaders in other business functions aren’t working with a common vision or scorecard for NPI success. Too often, each team within an enterprise, from marketing, R&D, engineering, and manufacturing to end-to-end improvements, has its own objectives for a product launch, with no shared goal or vision. For example, marketing may push more product options to attract more sales, but engineering wants less complexity and change orders to speed up time-to-market. Each team has its own priorities and definition of what “success” means.

3 Things CSCOs Miss When Trying to Achieve a More Predictable PPL

1. Build Engagement with Other Stakeholders

The need is certainly there. Per Gartner, only 11% of companies “believe their functional teams work together to achieve shared NPI goals.” Clearly, almost every manufacturer can do better.

Every business function involved in NPI should be working together to come up with a strategy that increases the chances of a company wide PPL. Bring together all teams contributing to and expecting results in NPI as well as capturing strategies that already exist.

To build the engagement you need with the C-level and other stakeholders, check out another Gartner report, “Win Cross-Functional Stakeholders Over to NPI Improvement Initiatives.”

2. Take inventory of Existing Strategies

Good product launch strategies most likely exist in some functional teams within your organization. This is often a missed opportunity.

As other teams are on board, map out such things as impacts, business challenges, friction, risks, priorities, ad expectations along with customer experience factors. Evaluate their usefulness in reaching a common goal for a more successful PPL strategy for all stakeholders involved.

What type of PPL strategy does your company have?

Gartner examines four different scenarios along with actions CSCOs can take. If you want further information you can download this report.

3. Measure Internal Performance To External Performance

Gartner explains that a manufacturer’s definition of and metrics for PPL success can’t only be internal. As they point out, “You can have a 100% PPL from an internal point of view based on achieving internal target metrics and still have unhappy customers with the finished product.”

Internal metrics includes things like company targets defined for profitability, volume, on-time shipping, etc. External performance is based on the customer’s experience from purchasing to receiving and using the product.

Evaluate Your Processes

How should you work towards creating a cross-functional PPL?

Gartner introduces a five-step approach from evaluate, design and align to pilot and govern. The key is to work cross-functionally and help you create a definition and strategy for a more predictable PPL for all stakeholders as well as the customer. To start, Gartner suggests using their NPI Maturing Model found on page 10 of this report. This model will help you evaluate your current situation along with the likelihood of a PPL strategy being effective. Download the report to get more details.

In Summary

Many supply chain leaders already own NPI standards and PPL. Where they fall short is in creating a PPL definition and strategy that successfully works for all internal stakeholders as well as external, the customer.

Gartner introduces a logical path and strategy for CSCOs to help create a PPL throughout the company. Collaboration, sharing goals and objectives between cross-functional teams, and taking inventory of processes and information is the backbone for success.

07 Feb 2019
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Symposium

Join Us at the 2019 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium

We will be exhibiting at the SAE 2019 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium (HVTS) on February 19-21 in sunny Anaheim Garden Grove, CA. We’d love to see you there so please stop by our booth #107.

Are you interested in learning about the latest innovations, applications, and development challenges for hybrid-electric (HEV) and electric vehicles (EV)?

Then you won’t want to miss the forums where vehicle design engineers and management share their experiences. You’ll meet with and takeaway valuable information from OEMs, tier 1 and 2 suppliers, technology specialists, industry researchers, and government officials from the supply chain of EV, HEV, and Extended-Range Electric Vehicles (EREV).

Here’s a peek at some of the sessions:

  • Vehicle Electrification Policy & Market where they discuss California’s Emission Reduction Challenge.
  • Enabling Long-Range EV’s: 180-Mile Charge in 10 Minutes and the Future of Global PEV Range and Electric Consumption
  • Electrified Vehicle Infrastructure from The Advanced Smart Grid to building the nation’s largest, public DC fast charging network.
  • OEM – HEV’s, EV’s, and PHEV’s, from Ford’s Next Generation Electrified Powertrain and Vehicle to Honda’s 2-Motor Hybrid Powertrain for the New INSIGHT.
  • OEM Disruptors, from the Attackers Perspective to NIO Electric SUV Platform’s unique charging strategies.
  • Alternative Vehicle Applications, including the electrification of commercial vehicles to the Electric Bus on the EKO 1 Line in Belgrade.
  • Electrified Powertrain System & Components featuring Through-the-Road Hybrid Demonstrator with In-Wheel Motors to Sparking Safety: Pyrotechnics in Powertrains.
  • ESS Advances in and Beyond LI-ION sharing insights in Mobility for Tomorrow and A New Higher Power Density Battery Cell for Full Hybrid Vehicles in 2019

Find out more details and register for the conference now.

  • And don’t forget to stop by our booth #107. We’ll see you there.