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Kearney Launches Digital Model Factory

Kearney Launches Digital Model Factory

Global consulting firm Kearney and strategic partner LIFT Manufacturing Institute today officially launched the Digital Model Factory, a hands-on facility where industrial companies can explore how to best apply Industry 4.0 technologies in their operations.

The new Digital Model Factory (DMF) is located in LIFT’s 100,000 square foot facility in Corktown, Michigan ― a technology hub for the automotive, aerospace, and industrial sectors. The DMF features a manufacturing and assembly line equipped with advanced manufacturing analytics and augmented reality solutions that let visitors experience the power of digitally augmented operations.

“Together, Kearney and LIFT will help companies across the United States take the critical next step toward making digital manufacturing a reality on their factory floors,” said Doug Mehl, Kearney Partner and the firm’s Global Lead for Industry 4.0 Strategy. “Our shared mission is to drive a step change business performance.”

“We’re excited to bring Kearney’s deep Industry 4.0 expertise to our ecosystem of innovative OEMs, industrial suppliers, research institutes, workforce development organizations, educational institutions, and professional societies,” said Nigel Francis, CEO and Executive Director of LIFT, a public–private partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense, industry and academia.

Four key questions the Digital Model Factory answers:
Every manufacturer should address these questions as they consider their i4.0 strategy

What are my operational challenges?

A discovery process is needed to align business objectives, scope, and deliverables. Manufacturers will need to collect and analyze data to determine the problems and possible solutions.

What are the solutions?

Manufacturers should take a hard look at the baseline results while understanding and defining their current capabilities and gaps.

What will be the impact of the solutions?

Organizations need to create a prioritized list of initiatives with a strong business case for each as they define potential ecosystem partners.

How should the solutions be implemented?

It’s not just about creating an implementation road map. You must also factor in a continuous improvement plan.

What makes the Digital Model Factory unique?

The Digital Model Factory and Kearney’s strategic ops teams have built a comprehensive i4.0 transformation toolkit for our clients. The DMF offers immersive i4.0 demos and hands-on learning. Clients who use the DMF have an opportunity to:

  • Experience i4.0 solutions, firsthand, on a demo production line of an electric scooter
  • Workshop challenges, brainstorm solutions with Kearney i4.0 experts, and develop an implementation road map
  • Collaborate with Kearney’s ecosystem partners to find customized solutions for specific challenges

What capabilities does the Digital Model Factory showcase?

The DMF demonstrates how i4.0 technologies can produce:

  • Modular production lines
  • Advanced quality control
  • Material tracking and automated fulfillment
  • Dynamic process updates and training
  • Safety and ergonomics

The Digital Model Factory line gives organizations a chance to better imagine how they can incorporate i4.0 tech into their operations.


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Dassault Systèmes, SIMTech To Promote Industry Digital Transformation And Innovative Manufacturing Capabilities

Dassault Systèmes, SIMTech To Promote Industry Digital Transformation And Innovative Manufacturing Capabilities

SINGAPORE: Dassault Systèmes has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, A*STAR Research Entities (“SIMTech”) for future collaboration in capability building programmes to promote digital transformation in Singapore’s manufacturing sector. The agreement was signed during SIMTech’s MPTC (Manufacturing Productivity Technology Centre) Annual Conference 2018 on October 5, 2018, aimed at promoting digital transformation and adoption of ‘smart factory’ technologies amongst Singaporean manufacturers.

The programmes will be deployed through the Model [email protected] The Model [email protected] is an actual production environment that allows for experiential experimentation and learning of manufacturing system technologies. It provides a platform for companies to learn, experiment and co-create new technologies for the next-generation factories. Through the partnership, the Model [email protected] will leverage Dassault Systèmes’ industry solution experiences based on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, including digital continuity for manufacturing and the creation of the factory 3DEXPERIENCE twin.

Digital continuity with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform will enable full traceability of the manufacturing operations of the Model [email protected] from planning, monitoring to optimisation. VR (Virtual Reality) capabilities will enable remote monitoring and visit of the Model Factory, allowing real-time decision and collaboration.

The creation of a 3DEXPERIENCE twin of Model [email protected] provides a single source of data across all applications, enables simulation of behaviour of the full production line, and delivers reliable, actionable real-time information and seamless communication throughout the factory.

Through experiential learning with Dassault Systèmes solutions at the Model [email protected], Singaporean manufacturers will gain insights into industrial processes inspired by world innovation leaders.

Masaki Sox Konno, managing director Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systèmes, said, “Beyond providing the advanced technologies for innovation, we see capability building for the industry as the bedrock for effective digital transformation. Through this partnership with SIMTech, we are glad to have the opportunity to provide the Singapore manufacturing industry with digital solutions to test, learn and enable their transformation towards the next generation of factories.”

Dr Lim Ser Yong, executive director of SIMTech, “We are continually looking to leverage global best practices to complement the core Manufacturing Control Tower (MCT) Technology of SIMTech to promote digital transformation in the manufacturing sector. By enhancing the MCT Platform of the Model [email protected] with Dassault Systèmes’ industry solutions, we believe Singaporean manufacturers will elevate their digital capabilities to thrive in Industry 4.0.”


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