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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.

16 Jan 2019
COE 2019

Adaptive to Present at COExperience 2019

Join us at COE 2019
February 24-27
New Orleans Marriott

Join Adaptive at this three day event that brings together expert users of Dassault Systèmes solutions. In addition to the keynote presentations be sure to attend presentations by Adaptive’s own Jon Gable and Frank Thomas. These include:

Create an Achievable Roadmap for Implementing 3DEXPERIENCE

Presented by Jon Gable, Director of Sales, Adaptive and Uwe Rieger, Global Manager, PLM & CAD, nVENT

The Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE solution can touch most aspects of a company’s processes to conceive, develop, deliver, and service a product.  Yet, the people most often tasked to investigate 3DEXPERIENCE often come from the product design function.  This presents a challenge for how to make others in the company recognize the benefits of 3DEXPERIENCE beyond traditional PDM solutions.  Attendees to this session will learn:

How to get cross-functional buy-in for your 3DEXPERIENCE project

How to create a 3-5 year roadmap for success

How to achieve your first success to build momentum


Simulation of Autonomous Vehicles

Presented by Frank Thomas, Metrology and Additive Manufacturing Solution Specialist, Adaptive

In-Process inspection is 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?

Learn more and register today.

10 Jan 2019
Rimac Electric Hypercar

3DEXPERIENCE Powers Rimac’s New All-electric Hypercar Taking High-End Sports Cars to the Next Level

Nestled on the coast of the Adriatic Sea is the small country of Croatia. It was most famous for summer vacations, but is now becoming known as the destination site for automotive innovation. Mate Rimac, an entrepreneur and Croatian automaker, is changing the game in transportation with his company, Rimac Automobili. Rimac is not only designing and developing new drivetrains, battery systems, and high-performance electric vehicles (EVs), but they’ve also created the hypercar of the 21st Century.

What Gives Them the Edge?
Rimac is using state-of-the-art softwarean advanced product lifecycle management (PLM) platform with a custom model-based system simulation for global collaboration and better integration.

Rimac was founded five years ago with its mission to take sports cars to the next level and build an electric hypercar. From the start, their development processes were digital and virtual as much as possible. They recognized that the key to building an extremely complex system, such as an entire car, is the ability to model, simulate, rapidly iterate, and repeat, over and over again. In other words, minimize the physical prototypes in favor of digital versions.

Tools for Complex Physical Systems

In the beginning, Rimac successfully used SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD to develop and validate lightweight solutions for battery power in EVs.  As their customer base increased, and the electrical system of their new C_Two model became more complex, they migrated to Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

Choosing the right digital software, tools, and processes are key to modern vehicle design and production.  Being able to create, simulate, iterate, verify, and test drive an electric vehicle virtually without a physical part saves substantially on development costs that would otherwise be out of reach.

Dassault’s 3DEXPERIENCE Platform enabled Rimac’s development team of 100+ employees to work in CATIA (CAD), ENOVIA (cPDm) and other applications on the digital manufacturing side, such as CAE SIMULIA and DELMIA. They also had access to Dassault’s data-driven database in ENOVIA.

But due to the complexity, Rimac needed even more customization. Fortunately, they were able to partner with Modelon, a Swedish software developer. They specialize in model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and simulation, to create an open-standard, model-based system.

Modelon solutions are based on Modelica (open-standard language) and FMI (open-standard model format). Modelica was created to model complex physical systems containing, for example, mechanical, electrical, electronic, hydraulic, thermal control, electric power, or process-oriented subcomponents—exactly the complexity Rimac needed. Even better, Modelon’s open standard–format means their solutions seamlessly integrate with a wide variety of software platforms, such as 3DEXPERIENCE and other PLM tools, allowing users to share and collaborate consistently from product concept to operation.

Results of Rimac’s Approach

Rimac’s incredible success has proven the value of their approach. With the help of 3DEXPERIENCE and Modelon solutions, they’ve created cutting-edge electric drivetrain technologies, which they supply to several large automotive players, including Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, and Renault. Rimac has also developed two of its own electric hypercars, the second containing an innovative four-engine electric drivetrain in which one engine drives each wheel. Porsche was impressed enough in the company’s technology that they bought a 10% stake in Rimac, forming a development partnership.

To find out more about how Rimac is using 3DEXPERIENCE and Modelon, see engineering.com.

And to find out more about how a comprehensive Digital to Physical PLM platform can help you overcome your challenges in bringing new products to market, contact us.

23 Aug 2018
The Path to Cloud PLM White Paper

Adopting Cloud PLM in the Manufacturing Industry

A newly released study titled Making the Connection: The Path to Cloud PLM, published by CIMdata, explores the growth and adoption of cloud product lifecycle management (PLM) systems. The study examines how cloud computing is changing the manufacturing market. This report follows a similar report, which I wrote about in a blog titled Solve Cross-Functional Collaboration Challenges with Cloud PLM.

The report discusses about the challenges and benefits of cloud computing. I wanted to dive deeper into two topics. Why customers are moving to the cloud and how to make the cloud fit into your PLM strategy.

The Path to Cloud PLM White Paper

Download the CIMdata Report

Why Customers are Moving to the Cloud

There are several advantages to adopting cloud (PLM) solutions. For starters, cloud PLM systems are easier and less expensive to manage. The vendor manages the software for you. They also host the solution on their servers and will upgrade the application. Cloud solution providers are responsible for the security and maintenance of the application. And since you are subscribing to the solution, you can spread the costs out over time.

Cloud PLM solutions are scalable. You can start with a few users, then expand as you need more. Or you can start with a few basic functions then increase the functionality. You can also subtract users or functions at any time. The great thing is, there’s no need for lengthy implementation processes. In some cases, you can be up and running in a manner of minutes.

You don’t need to buy new hardware or network equipment to install or expand the cloud PLM system. That will make your finance people happy since they don’t need to spend precious funds on more hardware.

Creating a centralized data repository is another benefit of PLM. You can store your data in one location and multiple users can access the data. Having the data available on the cloud means employees can access it from anywhere in the world. It’s what many in the industry call a ‘single source of truth’. Centralized processes end the practice of storing documents in different network drives. It also streamlines version control and engineering change orders. Think of how much time you spend searching for the right document or the correct version of a 3D CAD file.

Innovative Cloud PLM Features

There are many innovative apps that leverage the collaborative nature of cloud computing. For instance, Virtual Reality applications let you share your CAD designs. Anyone can view your design in a virtual environment. You can also create custom dashboards to organize your PLM process. The 3DView app allows you to share your CAD files with non-CAD users. Other apps allow you to create social communities to gather customer feedback.

Different Paths to PLM in the Cloud

The CIMdata study presents three paths to move towards a cloud PLM solution. They suggest you don’t need to make the move at once. But you should start by identifying the best migration path for your company.

Different paths to cloud PLM
Source: Making the Connection: The Path to Cloud PLM, CIMdata

Augment

You can ‘encapsulate’ your existing PLM system with existing functionality. For instance, CAD users can use on-premise design software and add PLM functions.

Increment

You can take the incremental approach. For instance, some features are better suited to the cloud. On-premise customers can add cloud-based project management or requirements management functions. You could also roll out the cloud solution by department or business units. Either way, the first step should be to identify and locate your key data files. This will help streamline the implementation process.

Switch

Making a total switch is a final alternative. But it’s also the riskiest. If you do choose this path, we recommend working with a partner who has experience in this area. A complete switch might work if your company has not yet adopted a PLM solution. You also have to consider what effect the change will have on your total IT infrastructure. For instance, will your cloud PLM integrate with your ERP, MRP, or CRM solutions?

You’re Not Alone

Research firms like CIMdata can provide you with guidance and advice. You can also speak with the PLM experts here at Adaptive. We’ll be glad to help you plan your next move.

Download the CIMdata Report

23 Mar 2018
POWER'BY for 3DEXPERIENCE Introduction

Digital Twins Powered by POWER’BY?

UPDATE: Power’By is now PLM Collaboration Services?

In this blog post by Jonathan Scott of Razorleaf, he shares how the Dassault Systèmes POWER’BY capability on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can help with Digital Twin initiatives.  He states that POWER’BY represents a “useful evolution in CAD authoring tools… and helps overcome the deficiencies in current CAD tools today”.

Other POWER’BY highlights he mentioned include:

  • Makes it easier for non-CAD users to quickly imagine new mechanical designs simply by mashing-up parts of BOMs of existing products
  • Takes advantage of high-end downstream capabilities, like DELMIA manufacturing planning and SIMULIA simulation without first having to rip-and-replace, or translate data from, their existing mid-range CAD tools
  • Enables users of any 3D CAD tool to leverage their data into instance-specific, digital twin models

To read Jonathan’s whole article, click here.