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2018 PLM Market & Industry Forum:
"Industry 4.0 – Its Global Impact & Status"

April 5 | North America (Ann Arbor, MI, USA) [VIEW AGENDA] [REGISTER]
April 12 | EMEA (Frankfurt, Germany)  [VIEW AGENDA] [REGISTER]
April 16 | India (Pune) [MORE INFORMATION]
April 20 | China (Shanghai)
April 25 | Japan (Tokyo)[MORE INFORMATION]

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About the Market & Industry Forum

Dates & Locations

North America
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Cost to Attend:
Register by March 5 - US$650
Register after March 5 - US$850

Venue Information:
Sheraton Hotel
3200 Boardwalk Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108, USA
Phone: +1 734.996.0600
Special Attendee Rate: US$129++ (rate available until March 3)
Mention “CIMdata” when booking.

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Thursday, 12 April, 2018

Cost to Attend:
Register by March 12 - €550
Register after March 12 - €715

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Venue Information:
Steigenberger Airport Hotel Unterschweinstiege 16 | 60549 Frankfurt/Main, GERMANY
Phone: +49 (0) 69 6975-2465
Special Attendee Rate: €179
(rate available until 1 March)
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Pune, India
Co-Sponsored by Brainwave Consulting

Venue Information:
JW Marriott, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, INDIA

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Friday, April 20, 2018
Shanghai, CHINA

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Tokyo Garden Palace, Tokyo, JAPAN​
More Information
Co-Sponsored by MetaLinc K.K.




CIMdata’s roots go back to computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), a concept from the 1970s where computers control the entire manufacturing process. While some large companies invested heavily, much of the CIM vision went unrealized. Fast forward to today, where sensors, computing, and communication devices are bountiful and cheap, and the new vision is Industry 4.0, a concept that started in Germany in 2011 and is now embraced around the world. Beyond adoption by industry, it is embodied in national initiatives in China (Made in China 2025), India (Make in India), and many other countries.

The core design principles of Industry 4.0 are interoperability, information transparency (including the notion of the digital twin), technical assistance (augmenting humans in analysis and physical work), and decentralized decision making. Some people talk about Industry 4.0 as the convergence of information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT); a bridging of digital and physical, cyber-physical production systems enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). At a practical level, however, companies are looking to employ these processes and enabling technologies to facilitate mass customization, allowing them to make money while serving markets of one.

The Internet of Things (IoT) provides new opportunities for understanding how products are manufactured and used in the real world. Vast quantities of data will need to be captured, analyzed, combined with social and other real-world data (e.g., time and location), and presented to help humans to make better decisions more quickly.

Predictive analytics and cognitive solutions can identify the best action needed to maintain, overhaul, or replace vital assets. In many cases, this action will be to allow the system to decide to act, especially in those situations where human-in-the-loop may be too slow. Security is a good example where network intrusions can happen too fast for human admins to respond quickly enough.

Digital twins will help companies better design products and their manufacturing processes, as well as helping to understand and maintain the product in use. Digital twins can be used early in development to test customer reactions to product concepts, and later in the lifecycle to support service. It is important to emphasize that while all use the same phrase, digital twin, these twins are fraternal. Solution providers, driven by their offerings, partnerships, and strategies, mean very different things when they use this phrase. Industrial firms just need to be sure that the parts of the lifecycle of most interest to them are the best supported by their chosen solution providers.

Industrial companies, software and service providers, and governments see the opportunities made possible and are investing. As the PLM Market & Industry Forum takes place in several countries and regions—the United States, Germany, India, China, and Japan—that are all committed to this topic, CIMdata has decided to use the 2018 PLM Market & Industry Forum as a platform to help move this conversation forward from a PLM perspective. To make this possible each global session will start with a presentation about the status of Industry 4.0 promotion and adoption in that country and region. CIMdata has researched the leading solution providers and industrial companies to take the pulse of Industry 4.0, focusing on early successes, key learnings, and issues that must be tackled. This information will be used to engage the audience, and to gather and report additional findings after the session.

As members of the PLM Economy, it is important that you leverage this new wave with your customers. When adopting PLM, CIMdata advises clients to always position PLM initiatives within broader corporate or industry objectives, and Industry 4.0 and its related need for end-to-end digitalization is the perfect opportunity. With companies planning to spend a significant portion of their IT budget on Industry 4.0 initiatives, the PLM industry must be part of the solution. Of course, some of the leading firms are already leveraging this in their messaging but many still need to jump in to catch the digitalization wave.

Plan to join us at one of our 2018 Forum events.

CIMdata’s 2018 PLM Market & Industry Forum, the leading event designed exclusively for solution and services providers in the PLM economy, is a key deliverable for our PLM Community members.

Gold and Silver members of CIMdata's PLM Community may qualify for a complimentary ticket to this event. To find out if you qualify please contact us here.

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