RFID technologies in product lifecycle management in western countries have been widely used. Many high value goods, such as cars, copiers have been embed RFID tags to strengthen product management and service, and have achieved good benefits. In China, there are also a few researches on RFID and PLM combination.
Siemens Digital Industries Software has expanded its product lifecycle management (PLM) portfolio with the launch of Teamcenter X software, a new solution delivered as a service. Created with product innovators in mind, Teamcenter is a modern, highly scalable and industry proven PLM suite that connects people and processes across functional disciplines.
Teamcenter X is the new software as a service (SaaS) offering, helping enable companies of all sizes to quickly realize value, without the IT resource traditionally associated with on-premises PLM deployments. Teamcenter X offers the convenience of choosing from preconfigured engineering and business solutions that deliver immediate value, with the flexibility to add more capabilities as business needs grow. Teamcenter X brings the power of the cloud to all users, to help reduce time-to-market and connect distributed, cross-disciplinary teams while improving effectiveness and efficiency at any scale.
“Teamcenter X is an important evolutionary step for Siemens’ highly successful enterprise data and process management solution,” said Peter Bilello, President and CEO of CIMdata. “It leverages a new and modern cloud platform with best practices built-in, and a business model in which Siemens has removed the burden of operating PLM for companies of all sizes. It is sure to attract the interest of companies from every industry.”
With this latest SaaS extension to Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio, Teamcenter X can help customers realize PLM benefits quickly and streamline product development. Companies can easily connect PLM with familiar applications for secure, agile, collaboration across the enterprise, and across functional domains. With an open multi-CAD approach and integrations to the world’s leading software tools, such as NX software and Solid Edge software for mechanical computer-aided design (CAD), Mentor software for electronic CAD, and Polarion X software for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Teamcenter X creates a multi-domain bill of materials (BOM) to provide visibility to the complete digital twin, including mechanical, electrical, and software components. The easy to use interface, with predictive artificial intelligence (AI) elements, helps users across the enterprise get up and running quickly and work smarter. Preconfigured solutions, such as Engineering Change, Release Management, and more, help users work more efficiently. Built on the Mendix software application platform, the knowledge contained in Teamcenter X can be integrated and extended across the entire enterprise.
“Teamcenter X combines the leading suite of PLM solutions and services with the leading low-code application platform Mendix to allow customers to deliver multi-domain products on time, with high quality, within budget, and exceeding customer expectations. Teamcenter X is a true SaaS solution, building on our PLM expertise and leveraging tomorrow’s technology through microservices, artificial intelligence, and low-code development,” said Joe Bohman, Senior Vice President for Teamcenter, Siemens Digital Industries Software. “This new evolution of Teamcenter can benefit businesses of all sizes, and we can’t wait to work with new companies to help drive their PLM and contribute to the innovations of tomorrow.”
Siemens also announces Teamcenter Share, a new cloud-based, design-centric project collaboration service designed for companies that want to move to an engineering-focused collaboration tool from local and networked hard drives, or generic cloud storage solutions. Share enables product development stakeholders to synchronize desktop files to secure cloud storage, where they can view and mark up all common CAD formats from any device, and easily share project work with other stakeholders to facilitate collaboration on product development projects. Teamcenter Share also provides sophisticated augmented reality (AR) capabilities that can be easily accessed from a tablet or smartphone to enable users to better understand how designs will function in the intended environment.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in discrete manufacturing is transforming the entire manufacturing value chain, with manufacturers leveraging digital technologies, including product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, to streamline their production planning. The higher demand for advanced PLM solutions and the proliferation of technologies and their applications within shop floor processes are expected to drive the $2.05 billion market toward $3.09 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 percent.
“Manufacturers are actively looking to incorporate advanced technologies such as Big Data Analytics and 3D printing in their production and assembly line,” said Karthik Sundaram, programme manager, Industrial Automation & Process Control, at Frost & Sullivan. “Furthermore, rising customer demand for reduced time to market and mass customisation are prompting vendors to accelerate their manufacturing capabilities through system engineering and configuration management.”
“The US manufacturing industry, especially automotive, is an enthusiastic adopter of advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twin,” noted Sundaram. “Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific is positioning itself as a digital manufacturing hub on the strength of rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, and the economy’s shift to value-added manufacturing. Countries like Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Hong Kong are especially exhibiting high industrial growth.”
PLM vendors are adopting various strategies for incorporating digital manufacturing products to remain competitive. Successful solutions providers will look to make the most of the growth opportunities offered by:
Partnering with companies providing digital solutions and collaborating with government agencies to unlock opportunities within discrete manufacturing.
Altering traditional pricing models so industrial manufacturers can penetrate niche markets.
Complying with regulatory standards to leverage disruptive technologies and adopting new business models that improve efficiency and factory performance.
Upgrading their technical capabilities to improve customer retention and foster long-term customer engagements.
The smart factory market is expected to reach US$275.89 billion by 2026, according to a new report by Reports and Data. Smart factory attributes to several fully integrated automation solutions implemented for manufacturing purposes, which help to streamline the material flow during all the methods involved in manufacturing, thus, facilitating the efficient flow of materials across the factory floor.
Easy monitoring, minimization of waste, and acceleration of production are some of the significant benefits of a smart factory. This technology advancement provides enhanced quality, with standardization and reliable products to the customers, within time and at a much economical cost. The emergence of wireless networking technologies is promoting revolutionary improvements in this market along with the growing number of smart factories globally, and also encouraging the use of mobile devices, to observe and manage industrial processes.
From a regional perspective, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest share of the smart factory market—at 29.3%—in 2018.
North America, meanwhile, accounted for the second largest share, with 27.3% of the market. This region is an important market as it consists of some of the most prominent multinational organizations engaging in this market, including the majority of the leading players. The developed R&D in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) for modern and upgraded technologies, as well as the rising demand for enhanced lifestyle, are the two significant factors driving the market in this region. Also, the increasing demand for high-level manufacturing solutions is anticipated to drive the growth of the market in North America.
Other key findings from the report include:
Industrial robots have evolved as an essential part of the manufacturing industry. The market for industrial robots is expected to grow at a rate of 9.2% during the forecast period.
Robotic installation in the US has expanded to a new peak. The driver for this increase in manufacturing industries has been the continuing trend to automate production, to establish the US industries in both native and global markets.
The PLM technology is anticipated to witness the highest CAGR of 9.3% during the forecast period. This is mainly attributed to the growing demand for performance and productivity, along with the increasing need for collaboration across the global manufacturing lifecycle.
Adoption of end-to-end PLM solutions across new verticals such as infrastructure and construction, power and energy, and consumer goods among others, and increased manufacturing activities in developing economies such as India, China, and South Korea, are some of the driving factors for the growth of the market.
Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News is pleased to conduct an interview with Mr. Vincent Tang, Regional Vice President of Asia in Epicor on his views on Industry 4.0 megatrends in Southeast Asia.
1. In your opinion, what are the top three megatrends that are shaping Industry 4.0 in Southeast Asia?
Industry 4.0 is a hot topic in Southeast Asia, North Asia as well as regions outside of Asia such as the U.S. The term originated in Germany and is known by different names globally. For example, in China it is known as “Made In China 2025” and in the U.S it is known as smart manufacturing.
The trends shaping Industry 4.0 does not just involve ERP systems, it involves manufacturing execution systems, the extraction of data and its translation into meaningful information, big data, product lifecycle management (PLM) and the integration of robotics into processes. This means that Industry 4.0 is a long journey and companies begin their journeys at different points. For example, some companies may begin first with the implementation of an ERP system while others may not.
In Southeast Asia, Industry 4.0 is encouraged by government support through means such as grants and funding. This has allowed the region to advance in terms of the manufacturing technologies.
2. What are the key challenges that prevent manufacturers in Southeast Asia from digitalising and integrating artificial intelligence as well as data science into their manufacturing processes?
Retaining and attracting talent is the top challenge that prevents manufacturers from digitalising. In factories that are not fully automated, factors such as the increased amount of paperwork and high surrounding temperatures and harsh external environments may contribute to staff turnovers.
Additionally, the integrated implementation of automation is a challenge to some manufacturers in the region. This can occur because manufacturers may implement automation as a phase by phase process instead of as an integrated solution. For example, the accountancy department may be automated first before the inventory control department is automated.
Finally, manufacturers may find it challenging to successfully implement ERP systems. This could be because the successful implementation of ERP systems involves more than one key user, as it is a team effort. One that involves more than monetary investments and individual contributions. For mid-market companies, they possess limited ERP resources and budgets for ERP implementation and also require ERP systems to be installed in a short period of time – typically within six to nine months. These companies also tend to require flexibility.
3. How do you suggest that the above challenges be solved?
Departments can be integrated to increase the opportunities for rapid decision making and for different issues to be highlighted.
Productivity can also be increased due to the shortage of labour globally, especially in China which is also the largest manufacturer in the world. Although labour costs in China used to be lower, factors such as the one child policy has caused labour shortages and increased labour costs. While in Southeast Asia labour shortages are less severe and labour costs are cheaper, as in the case of countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
Overall, the solution that is applied needs to be an integrated end to end solution. For example, processes that range from manufacturing to scheduling to finances have to be integrated. The solution that is applied has to also be multi-dimensional, multi-language based and focused on multi-localisation. This is because of the differing regulations in different countries that would require localised solutions to cater to it.
4. In 5 to 10 years time, how do you think the manufacturing industry in Southeast Asia will evolve?
The industry will continue to grow. This is because of the China-US trade war, as a lot of manufacturing companies are considering subcontracting their manufacturing operations to countries outside of China, such as Vietnam, to overcome restrictions when it comes to exporting to the U.S. This can be seen in the case of South Korean manufacturer, Samsung, which has moved its operations to Vietnam.
Thus, in Southeast Asia, manufacturing will continue to grow and this will be facilitated by Industry 4.0 and infrastructural developments such as the Belt and Road Initiative that will connect Bangkok and China via a high speed train.
5. What are your thoughts on the Industrial Transformation Asia Pacific event? Do you think this is the right time for an event like this?
The event occurred at just the right time. Different countries are at different stages of their development and the delegates that attend the event are keen to find out how they can engage in Industry 4.0 and where they are in their journeys towards Industry 4.0.
The event has also attracted over 1,800 registrations and I am able to meet a lot of individuals from Indonesia, Thailand and China. Everybody is working around the concept of industrial automation and it involves areas such as PLM, big data, manufacturing execution systems (MES), robotics, ERPs and integrated solutions.
CIMdata, in its 2016 PLM Industry Analysis Report, showed growth in PLM spending in 2015 as all industries were affected by the trend towards smart, connected products, either directly or because of the effects of the Internet of Things (IoT).
The global consulting and research firm’s report noted that PLM spending is greatest in automotive and other transportation, fabrication and assembly, electronics and telecommunications, and aerospace and defense. It is lower in the process industries and utilities arena.
The report added that there are some good process PLM solutions available, and they are becoming more important with concerns about food safety, particularly in emerging economies. Growth in PLM for medical devices, part of the high-tech sector, is driven by stringent compliance requirements that can vary by country, something that PLM strategies and enabling solutions can address.
During 2015, comprehensive providers continued to expand their efforts to deliver more industry-focused and functionally-packaged solutions that are easier and less expensive to acquire and deploy.
“The global PLM market grew strongly in constant currencies in 2015,” says Stan Przybylinski, its VP of Research. “The leading PLM solution providers are consolidating their portfolios after years of acquisitions, and increasing revenues in 2015, in part, by expanding their footprint at their existing clients”. The CIMdata PLM Industry Analysis Report, is the fourth of five modules of the CIMdata 2016 PLM Market Analysis Report Series by the company.
At The Beginning…
PLM may be around longer than you think, and its origin is found in the automobile industry.
In 1985, automaker American Motors Corporation laid the foundations for the inspiration for the strategic business approach of PLM when it was looking for a way to accelerate the process of its Jeep Grand Cherokee production so as to better compete with their competitors.
Using a PLM model they came up with, designs, drawings and documents which were stored in a central database that was accessible to all the departments involved.
Issues could thus be resolved faster and the costs of engineering changes could be greatly reduced.
While today’s concept of PLM has vastly taken on a more advanced understanding, what American Motors did in 1985 changed the engineering aspect of a product.
As Indonesia moves towards an age of increased digitalisation and connectivity, there is an increased expectation of the automotive sector to improve on its productivity and swing around an otherwise lacklustre 2015. ‘Moving Into Industry 4.0: The Power Of PLM In Your Automotive Supply Chain’ tackled some of the concerns of the Indonesian automotive players. Syed Shah reports from Jakarta.
Whether you call it the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrie 4.0, or the age of the digital machine, it’s clear that we’re entering a new industrial revolution. In the industrial machinery market, the impact of new technology will see manufacturing computerised – with production lines featuring smarter, more connected and more complex machines. By Mirko Bäcker, marketing director EMEA, manufacturing engineering, Siemens PLM Software.