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If Machines Could Talk

For today’s complex industrial equipment companies, communication - between machines, systems, departments, facilities, everyone - is vital. The more communication there is now, the less wasted time, money and effort there will be later. And communication depends on connections. For a brief look at the future of manufacturing we’re moving toward, watch this video.

Connections are the lifeblood of success

Our world is more connected than ever, and that includes the sophisticated and complex machines our society depends on. For these machines to work to the best of their capabilities, they have to be linked to other machines, systems, and people.

“Building more intelligent machines is a collective effort of multiple disciplines that must work together and the sooner the better” 

Industrial equipment companies support practically every other industry in one way or another. So in our era of digital transformation, how can these companies take advantage of the disruptive technologies available today to work faster, smarter, more efficiently, and to a higher quality standard? It all comes down to connections between machines, systems, and people that allow manufacturers to provide the things our society wants and needs while maximizing their own levels of innovation and profitability.

Machines designed to communicate - and learn

In an intelligent connected environment, machines not only talk to each other, they become smarter over time, too, allowing manufacturers to respond quickly and accurately to market demands. In our ARC Intelligent Connect Systems whitepaper How to Operate as an Intelligent Connected Enterprise, you’ll see how industrial equipment companies can gain an advantage over their competitors with an intelligent connected environment.

Creating connections between things that weren’t previously connected

Digital experience platforms have transformed retail (Amazon and Alibaba), transportation (Uber) and tourism (Airbnb). They are having just as profound an effect on industry, too, where they are enabling you to produce precisely what your customers want, when they want it, at an appealing price point. This is the promise and nearly limitless potential of Industry 4.0. When the machines you rely on to design and manufacture these products are all connected by the right software - when they’re all talking to each other - you can make these products more quickly, more efficiently, and with higher quality - a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. In fact, the fourth industrial revolution may be the most revolutionary one of all.

Digitalization creates entirely new possibilities

Digital experience platforms are transforming how industrial equipment companies do business. Existing ways of working can be optimized while entirely new and better ways open up as well. In our article The Value of Digital Transformation, top executives discuss how technology is introducing new ways of collaborating, inventing, learning, producing, trading…and succeeding.

For industrial equipment companies, offering new products and services presents two distinct challenges. First, you have to design complex machinery along with the associated systems, data collection, maintenance, and customer experience requirements. And second, you must include all the necessary disciplines, departments, and stakeholders from every phase of the product’s lifecycle.

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” 

Implementing an intelligently connected system is not as challenging as you might think. Industrial Equipment companies of any size can adopt new, disruptive technologies for the digital continuity needed to provide what today's customers expect. In the following whitepaper and webinar, you’ll discover how systems engineering can put all the necessary pieces into place.

Imagine, engineer and experience smart products and systems
A connected approach and a holistic system

An intelligently connected system is a proven catalyst for Industrial Equipment companies that want to successfully bring smart products to the market. Systems engineers rely upon a universal single source of information to streamline multiple disciplines, manage complexity, optimize performance and ensure product safety. Read our free whitepaper and watch our webinar to learn that an intelligently connected system is not as complex as it may seem.

The future of manufacturing. From the people who are making it.

An intelligent connected environment enables machines to generate more useful data that everyone working on a particular project has access to. So a company’s ability to design and manufacture innovative products and services is streamlined and strengthened. This and much more is made possible when a manufacturer can share a single, clear definition of a product and its systems throughout their entire organization. Virtual experience platforms like Dassault Systèmes’ give an enterprise the ability to create true, high-fidelity virtual prototypes, products, and associated systems, so they can accurately predict how these things will behave in the physical world and avoid the major costs in time and resources of a product or system that doesn’t perform as expected.

In July of 2018, a number of COOs, CTOs, CIOs and digitalization specialists from approximately 20 companies met to discuss the future of the digitally transformed manufacturing environment. Take a few minutes to see what they had to say and how it applies it to your company.

Expert opinions from other Industrial Equipment companies
The impact and importance of digital continuity

Industrial Equipment companies around the world are adopting disruptive technologies to enhance future growth. CEOs increasingly look to experts outside their companies for the best solutions. Take a look at what they've discovered.

Forward-thinking manufacturers are adopting disruptive technologies that integrate all disciplines to enable them to collaborate, create and share a single integrated definition of a product and its systems. They are driving innovation and generating more business with the capability to create true, high-fidelity 3D experiences of a virtual product and its systems, to accurately predict how the real product and its system will actually behave in real life.

Intelligent Connected Systems connect people and technologies in a way that exponentially expands innovative capacity to create cutting-edge products that may not have been imagined yet. Real-time access to the same unique data provides tighter collaboration between groups supporting the same customers.

Get your machines into the conversation

These Industrial Equipment companies have made their digital transformation using an integrated platform to connect people. When intelligent machines are connected and talking to each other, incredible things are suddenly possible. For some powerful examples of industrial equipment companies that are reaping the rewards of digital transformation, take a look at the following case studies. And if you’re ready to explore a world of greater efficiency, faster innovation, and happier customers, talk to Dassault Systèmes, and see how tomorrow can start today.

Intelligent machines can do incredible things

Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform lets you take full advantage of the transformative power of an intelligent connected environment. Designers can run their designs through accurate and thorough virtual simulations before ever creating a physical prototype. In that way, the costly redesigns, delays, or even cancellations so common under the old way of working can be completely avoided. Engineers from every discipline have access to the same designs, so they can all work on their part of a complex project concurrently and with complete confidence instead of having to proceed slowly and sequentially.

By allowing people to collaborate seamlessly and productively, our platform encourages a culture of innovation in your organization. Explore more ways the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform enables people to effectively work together in this infographic.

The first step to getting your machines talking to each other? Talk to us.

With all of the technology available to Industrial Equipment companies, it’s obvious we’ve moved beyond the days of doing illustrations by hand.  

Early adoption of disruptive technologies is the reason Industrial Equipment are able to connect systems, people and data to streamline multiple disciplines, drive innovation and generate more business. With an integrative platform and advanced solution that apply machine and industrial thinking, manufacturers are transforming how they conduct business and engage with their customers.

“Industry 4.0 (or the 4th Industrial Revolution) is upon us and an integrated digital platform will enable companies to negotiate their digital transformation. The benefits far outweigh the risks such a transition can engender. We must transform our way of working if we want to be part of this new digital community and capture new business opportunities.”