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Items filtered by date: November 2017 - CIMdata
 PDF Key takeaways: Autodesk University, in its 25th year, showcased a company undergoing significant changes while highlighting their unique strengths. Long a design company, Autodesk emphasized their strategic commitment to Design and Make, using their generative design tools to support a range of design and manufacturing processes. Through their Forge initiative, Autodesk is turning their Forge platform into more than just the underpinnings of their product lines, they are creating an integration and collaboration platform to link many disparate offerings beyond their own. CIMdata attended Autodesk’s 25th Autodesk University (AU) in Las Vegas on 12-16 November 2017. Approximately 10,000 attended, including customers, partners, analysts, media, and, of course, the Autodesk organization in force. As a company, Autodesk is undergoing major changes. In 2016, Autodesk announced their intent to move to all subscription pricing from paid-up perpetual licenses. At the time, Autodesk informed Wall Street about a decrease in revenues in the short term as the
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 PDF Key takeaways: Siemens PLM Software and Bentley Systems team to deliver a closed-loop digital solution to resolve factory floor issues. Siemens IoT system, MindSphere, and Bentley Systems’ AssetWise solutions monitor intelligent devices and assets to identify production issues and trigger corrective actions. Siemens NX with Convergent Modeling and Bentley Systems’ ContextCapture support a union of mesh and precise geometry product modeling to define real world assets. Product engineers have long understood that CAD product models represent physical products in a virtual world. They author the shape and function of the virtual models, simulate and analyze their performance in a virtual environment, and plan and replicate the manufacturing processes of those products in a virtual factory. This virtual/real concept has now advanced into a more encompassing concept of the digital twin. Siemens defines digital twin as a cross-domain digital model that accurately represents a product, production process, or performance of a product or production system
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 PDF Key takeaways: Global value chains are a fact of life in most industries today, and developing accurate cost estimates across global value chains often requires melding incompatible spreadsheets and costing processes. Working with leading customers, SAP developed the SAP Product Lifecycle Costing solution to provide globally available, managed capabilities to help address these issues. Their early successes in discrete industries are promising, and recent wins are from new industries such as consumer products, food, and fashion. Global markets almost always demand globally sourced solutions today. This is a huge change from previous experience, one that causes struggles for many companies. Historically companies were more vertically integrated, designing and manufacturing products using significant in-house content. As a result, firms possessed a great deal of manufacturing and manufacturability knowledge. They knew how much parts and assemblies cost to make, so when they did start to outsource they still had the knowledge to drive hard (and sometimes
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