Last month, we met with Intercim's Product Marketing Director, M. Hadrien SZIGETIM. We asked him some questions about his company, its products and more generally the Manufacturing Execution System (MES). Read the following interview to increase your knowledge on this topic and feel free to ask your questions!
1. What are the particularities of a MES (Manufacturing Execution System)? How do you think the market will evolve?
The strength of an MES is that users bring their value by building a product and resolving issues in the best way. On the shopfloor, our users highly interact with the product to understand work instructions, enter log information such as parts’ serial numbers, values, electronic signatures, etc.
An MES is also a set of collaborative tools which enforce engineering-driven production execution on the shop floor, as designed and as planned. New versions in the future must be efficient, ergonomic and quicker. MES companies who understand and develop those aspects will take the majority of the MES market!
2. Why does Intercim’s solution, associated with Dassault Systèmes’ 3D, represent a cultural revolution in shopfloors?
First, new features in Unit Life Collaboration (ULC) give us a real competitive advantage.
The collaborative community is a customization of 3Dlive allowing the user to review products in 3D. For example, the 3D model enables real-time collaboration on product and production lifecycle data in a single online referential between the different communities in the manufacturing supply network, such as design engineering, manufacturing engineering, shop floor, and quality management. In the assembly line of an helicopter workers and engineers can have an overview of parts already assembled (green), pending parts (orange) and the missing parts or the ones with problems (in red).
The other use of the 3D we are developing is a viewer like 3Dlive or 3Dvia, into work instructions. Unlike other enterprise domains (finance, human resources…) the extension of the computer usage on shopfloors is still very low. In the last 5 to 10 years many plants have invested to enhance their operations, but most of these projects did not significantly increase their use of computers. Information and data are still collected on paper or boards on the production floor.
Replacing this white board by a digital board is a cultural revolution as the managers do not have to be physically present during the meeting anymore. In real time from their desks or from locations around the world, they will have complete visibility on production progress. It also Increase visibility and traceability for all manufacturing stakeholders of shop floor execution with real-time 3D access to the “as-built” product, process and resource information.
Indeed, we think 3D is a good way to simplify operators’ comprehension of their work instructions. To improve our 3D instructions we rely on DELMIA’s product, both in V5 and V6.
For example, when the worker receives parts, he can visualise it on the final model without reading complex instructions. He will also be able to make comments on the 3D model and send it directly to the engineers so that they could manage the problem and fix it as soon as possible. It’s a good way to break the wall between the operators and engineers!
3. What are Intercim’s values and how we find them in your products today?
Our goal is to create an easier and better communication between operators and engineers and to keep this community updated in real time. We have added an innovation in our product, called the Dispatch Matrix; a dashboard to visualise the operations progress and issues in a floor or in the whole plant. Just one click provides access to all the necessary information needed to make decisions.
With this tool we provide the same information, in real time to everyone.
Instead of meeting and making a decision once a week, teams can work closely all day long. We bring a solution that supports all decisions during the fabrication process, from the order form to the customer delivery.
4. What differences do you bring to the users compared to the others MES solutions?
As an MES provider we are a reference in the management of the fabrication process but since the merger between Pertinence and Intercim in 2007, we also provide manufacturing intelligence solutions. We are able to collect and analyse all the data from the shopfloor, enable immediate impact analysis and validation of corrective actions in the virtual model and deduce production best practices. When reviewed with engineering for improved product manufacturability, our values is to reduce warranty costs and collapsed certification processing time for regulatory compliance, and enhance best practices performances.
5. What are the things that you are the most proud of at Intercim ?
Concerning manufacturing intelligence we are really proud to have reached new markets, such as the pharmaceutical market, specifically the vaccines. Those products rely on living material such as eggs, bacteria and fermentation proteins. It requires a lot of process control, and manufacturing intelligence can help improve fabrication processes.
Actually there is a link between the composite sector and vaccines: composite raw material is also a variable product. Airplane wings made with composite also require a lot of process control to be produced the right way, and manufacturing intelligence can help improve this complex process.
6. What evolution do you see for Intercim’s solutions in the near future?
One of the biggest coming challenges will be to connect computer systems together. For example, Boeing has opened its internal production system to their 200 suppliers equipping them with our solutions. When faced with an issue that can have a consequence in production, they can interact with Boeing’s teams. We truly believe that this collaboration is the future cultural step and we are very well positioned with our high level scalable solutions. This solution can be deployed for thousands of users at the same time all over the world.
We're pretty sure that these explanations by Hadrien helped you understand better the notion of Manufacturing Execution System. Do you see value in these solutions for your business? Is there an aspect on which you'd need more explanations? Let us know your thoughts!
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