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Monday, 31 August 2015

STRACK NORMA – The Best out of Steel

CENIT, our DS Marketplace member, is driving process efficiency at Germany’s leading provider of standard parts: Postprocessors, macro development and a variants generator – all end-to-end, from engineering to development to manufacturing.
"Our goal was to keep proving, at each and every milestone, that we were the right partner."
Florian Eichler, Sales Representative 3DS-PLM at CENIT

Challenges and benefits:

  • Integration of 5-axis milling machines
  • Tried and tested standard postprocessors
  • Expension of customer requirements
  • Step-by-step approach
  • Rapid, Secured, client-specific 

Get much more information about the Customer reference from CENIT by downloading the whole document:

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Both awards attest to HandyPROBE’s performance versus traditional portable CMMs

Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable 3D measurement solutions and 3D engineering services, today announced that its optical portable CMM, HandyPROBE, has won two awards for being the best quality control product in its class: the MWP Advanced Manufacturing Award 2014 at MACH and the Prix du Copeau 2014 from the French magazine Machines Production.

Creaform developed the HandyPROBE portable coordinate measuring machine (PCMM) to increase the reliability and speed of measurement processes. Thanks to the integrated TRUaccuracyTM technology, which includes such features as dynamic referencing, automatic drift detection and alignment, the HandyPROBE can take highly accurate measurements in any work environment, regardless of vibrations, instabilities and thermal variations. What’s more, the HandyPROBE enables users to achieve substantial gains in productivity and cost savings; measurement errors can be reduced by up to 75% and a control time by a factor of 10.

The MWP Advanced Manufacturing Awards are a bi-annual event that is held in conjunction with the MACH exhibition in Birmingham (UK). The awards celebrate the most innovative solutions available at MACH across a variety of sectors. Creaform’s UK distributor, Measurement Solutions Limited, applied for the award with the HandyPROBE, highlighting the solution’s TRUaccuracyTM technology with dynamic referencing. The HandyPROBE won in the Quality Control Equipment category against both Hexagon and Renishaw.


One week before, the HandyPROBE won two prizes at the Prix du Copeau 2014, awarded by the French magazine, Machines Production at the Industrie Paris tradeshow. The Prix du Copeau honours suppliers’ innovation in helping improve the competitiveness and quality control performance of machining companies. The HandyPROBE again was recognized for its superior performance in quality control, winning second place in the general ranking and first place in the Quality Control Systems category. A jury composed exclusively of industrial machining professional selected the winners from 25 exhibiting companies.

For more information on Creaform’s HandyPROBE portable CMM, visit the Creaform web site. 

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Six themes, five questions. That's all! Choose one theme and answer five questions to demonstrate that you are a master in using Dassault Systèmes' solutions! Our partner CENIT organizes a worldwide challenge for you to compete against the most advanced users of our solutions.

Choose a theme among:
- Transfer from V5 to V6;
Answer 5 questions as quickly as possible to be in the competition and take a chance to win one great prize such as an iPhone 4 or a GoPro camera!

So, ready? You know your lessons? :-) Then click on the button below to know more and compete on CENIT's website! Don't loose time, you've got until December 13th to take up the challenge.

Good luck!
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Monday, 04 April 2011

The AeroDef Manufacturing Conference will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California from April 5 through 7. This event brings together aerospace and defense professionals.

Donald Jasurda, DCS Inc. Vice President, is pleased to invite you at his session focusing on "Manufacturing Quality Management - Leveraging Your Measurement Data for Engineering Process Improvement". This presentation is scheduled for 1:30pm on April 7.

"As manufacturers work to shorten cycle times and meet ever-decreasing budgets, it is essential that they maximize their use of measurement data to achieve ongoing process improvements", Jasurda says.

If you want to attend this session, please register at the AeroDef Manufacturing Conference website.

Also, note that DCS Inc. has got several of its products available on PLM MarketPlace, including 3DCS Advanced Analyzer/Optimizer, 3DCS Analyst CAA V5 Based, 3DCS Designer CAA V5 Based, 3DCS FEA Compliant Modeler and Geofactor.
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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

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!

The Intercim and PLM MarketPlace teams

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Monday, 17 January 2011

Golaem is a software company that focuses on populating 3D worlds with autonomous virtual humans. Golaem helps creators and engineers to bring life to their digital worlds by providing virtual humans integrated in their favorite platforms.

Based on state-of-the-art academic researches, Golaem technologies include real-time animation, navigation, and human behaviors, from single characters to functional crowds. Golaem offers a decisive progress to customers by combining those fundamentals of human behaviors into standalone products. Designed for digital entertainment and simulation, Golaem's products enable to streamline digital content creation and save valuable production time.

The 3DVIA Virtools integration:
• Brings most of the features and capabilities of the following Golaem software components
o Golaem Motion: motion playing, blending, mixing, retargeting and advanced control
o Golaem Path: navigation mesh automatic extraction, reactive navigation and 3D path finding
o Golaem Behavior Pack: composing basic behaviors using task operators, character navigation
• Enables the use of virtual humans without having to write a single line of code
• Can be used in web based applications

This will enable you to start quickly making human simulations in your 3DVIA Virtools applications. Check our YouTube channel to see how it works and the different use cases we are able to cover.

The Golaem Team

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Thursday, 25 November 2010

ECF2010's second day has started with lots of interesting sessions all day long. For those who were not able to visit all our Partners' booths, we continue our tour of Agora started yesterday.

We've met Antoine Reymond, AMD Strategic Alliances Senior Manager, who shared the booth with four other partners. Folks from 3dvia used ATI 3D graphic cards, running on Dell workstations, to run a 3D experience on six screens at the same time. The idea was to offer a deep view of an oil platform, offering a really interesting immersive experience. Combined with the ATI V7800, Fujitsu was able to display very high resolution pictures on their Celsius W380. Techviz was presenting immersive solution and rendering using CATIA and folks from Barco were there to showcase visualization and projection systems. Listen to Antoine and see what the renderings are like on these devices:

Romain Lavault from Intercim stopped by our booth and gave us his impressions on the event. You can find out more about their product Pertinence Suite (simplifying communications between engineering, production operations, ERP systems and across the supply chain) on PLM MarketPlace:

Our tour ends with David Sabot, from IGE+XAO. David performed a live demo of their electrical harness design solution See Electrical Harness. As a Gold partner of Dassault Systèmes and having several common customers present here at the event, David and his team were really eager to be at ECF2010. Find out more about See Electrical Harness in the following video:

We hope you enjoyed ECF2010 too and found this "virtual" tour of the event interesting. What are your feeling about the event? Did you enjoy it as much as we did?

We've published some photos and videos in our PLM MarketPlace page on Facebook, have a look at it and don't hesitate to share yours too!

We hope to see you for the next ECF!

The PLM MarketPlace Team

3D cards | AMD | ECF | ERP | event | IGE+XAO | Intercim | manufacturing | MES
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Monday, 04 October 2010

We need to take care of our planet. Governments and other organizations have tried to increase public awareness of global warming and energy issue. As we all need to focus on renewable energy, companies are using the technology to help our planet.

For example, the focus of the Automotive World trade show in Paris (aka Mondial de l'Automobile 2010) is clearly green. Almost every manufacturer is going to present its latest "green invention". I was especially impressed by the latest Chevrolet Volt which vehicle's wheels are always driven electrically by an electrical drive unit.

Solar Cells rocks!

If we think in using less energy or cleaner energy we also have to think about how to produce it. One of the ways to produce green energy is to use solar cells. Yes, I know, some of you will say that producing enough energy for all of us would take a lot place. Well, yes and no actually. For instance, you can place solar cells on the roof of your house or your car. Some countries are already using it for standalone devices like parking meters, etc.

For sure this type of systems is going to get more and more attention from everyone and not only to save the planet but also to save money.

Big companies already providing energy like Total and GDF are well aware of that. They support Photovoltech, a spin-off of IMEC (Interuniversity Microelectronics Center). Total owns 50% and GDF the other 50% (through Electrabel (47,5%) and Soltech (2,5%)).

Growing to produce more energy

Photovoltech has already finalized a new factory and started up a new fully automated production line. They will be able to host over time a capacity of up to 500MWp. From now on, the capacity is already 155 MPWp/year.

In order to control this new production and be more efficient they are going to use Intercim software solution to ensure optimal performance. They will be able to control in real time the wafer characteristics, while they are being manufactured.

These tools will enable them to create better operating conditions to increase the solar cell performance and adjust the parameters during production if, for example the raw materials change, without having to change the manufacturing process specifications.

Don't hesitate to share your personal or professional experience with "green" energy in the comments section.


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Wednesday, 07 July 2010

GKN Aerospace, a Tier One supplier to the global aviation industry, sought to eliminate the time-consuming process of troubleshooting composite lay-ups on the shop floor and avoid data translation concerns.
Leveraging Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions, the company reduced manufacturing engineering time and greatly improved collaboration throughout the extended enterprise. In that process, Pertinence Suite from Intercim was chosen to ensure digital continuity from engineering to production. The solutions enable GKN Aerospace to electronically deliver planning and work instructions to the shop floor, monitor information, and generate activity and quality reports to tightly connect the physical world of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) with the virtual world of PLM.

A Picture Is Worth One Thousand Words

Powerpoint presentation and brochures are really important to understand what a product can do. But it’s not always enough. The best way to understand something is to talk with someone who will explain all the features you have to know. A few weeks ago Intercim made a webinar about composite manufacturing and they had the great idea to record it. Everybody can now access to this webinar and see what Pertinence Suite can do.

Watch the recorded Webinar, « Operational Excellence for Composite Manufacturing »

As the chinese proverb says “A Picture Is Worth One Thousand Words”, here is a video about Intercim that is worth watching if you want to have an overall idea of what these guys do, in just 4 mins.

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Wednesday, 07 April 2010

Intercim LLC, a global leader in Manufacturing Operations Management and Operations Intelligence software, congratulates The Boeing Company and the 787 Program team for the successful test flights of the first four most advanced aircraft in the industry. Intercim thanks The Boeing Company for the opportunity of being a partner on such a unique program.

The partnership between The Boeing Company and Intercim started in 2004. At that time, Boeing chose Intercim’s Pertinence Suite powered by Velocity® as a key component of the transformational manufacturing system processes defined for the 787 program. Building an airplane is an extremely complex and highly regulated process and Boeing was looking for a solution offering flexibility and scalability. The flexibility needed to be in how the company would handle reports and also gather data. In addition, Boeing wanted a scalable solution to keep pace with the growth of the program. Intercim was selected based on its ability to support these goals.

The first flight of the Boeing B787 on 2009-12-15

Today, Pertinence Suite in the 787’s Final Assembly is an important part of the Boeing toolkit that ensures materials and tools are accounted for throughout the process and installed according to the documented plans. On the shop floor, mechanics are equipped with a tablet PC and any information is available through the wireless device for real- time visibility on the production process of the airplane. The Pertinence Suite is helping Boeing’s partners and suppliers around the globe stay on track.

Pertinence Suite helps Boeing maintain a critical communication link with its worldwide supplier base. The solution supports the program with a real time and paperless process that improves production visibility. John Todd, Intercim CEO, concludes, “The extensive use of composite materials, a global network of component and subassembly manufacturing partners makes this aircraft truly unique; Intercim is proud to support the Boeing 787 team and to be part of this program. Our congratulations to The Boeing Company!

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Thursday, 17 September 2009

How to implement successfully a green manufacturing

Nowadays, it seems like “Going Green” and efficient manufacturing have become synonymous with one another.   It makes perfect sense for this to be true though, since one of the primary goals for any manufacturer and also any environmentalist is minimizing waste and saving energy.  Some will say that going “green” is just what companies should do because it is better for the world we live in or because we only have one planet.  Without argument, both statements are entirely true; however, successfully implementing green manufacturing practices requires a business case.  Kate Bourdet of the 3D Perspectives Blog notes, “The European Union estimates that more than 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined in the product conception phase.”   So then the question is, wouldn’t it make sense – as a business case – to build an optimized operation that not only achieves all manufacturing goals but also employs green practices in doing so?

A common vision ...

Magestic Systems, Inc (MSI) and Dassault Systèmes (DS) have made this a possibility.  Both companies operate with the understanding that for “green” manufacturing to succeed, industrial development needs to continue to progress and simultaneously needs to avoid foreclosing the needs of future generations.  This relies on planning and the ability of designers, engineers, and manufacturers alike to take into account all costs of a product, both intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic to a product are costs that go into buying material, operating a machine; extrinsic to this product, however, are costs such as where a shop purchases its energy – from coal-fired or renewable sources.  Choices made in the planning of a product lifecycle can greatly minimize its impact on the environment. 

... that result in solutions ready for the market

DS has built suites of software applications from CATIA, to SIMULIA, to ENOVIA that all advocate advanced planning and enable manufacturers to produce quality products without much trial and error, if any. PLM applications, like the DS suites, encompass the macro side of manufacturing, the plan.  Partners like MSI focus on the micro side, creating technologies that fit into plans set forth through PLM to create an optimized system.  TruNEST™ CAA V5 Composites Based offers advanced true shape nesting with best in class algorithmic logic to minimize toxic waste created during the cutting of composite materials.  TruNEST™ also allows manufacturers to optimize their use of energy by reducing cycle times, programming optimal tool paths, and maximizing throughput – all of which saves manufacturers money. MSI has advanced that technology with TruLASER™ View CAA V5 Composites Based by enabling operators to lay up plies with minimal wasted effort.  CATIA V5 design data provides measurements and designates where and how plies should be laid up as well as how the plies should be kitted to even further streamline the process.

Are you ready for the transformation?

TruNEST™ CAA V5 Composites Based and TruLASER™ View CAA V5 Composites Based comprise one piece of the DS PLM solution that not only makes sense as a business case, but also on an environmental level.  Together, the technologies highlight the teachings and blog posts of Dr. David Dornfeld of University of California-Berkeley and the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability.  He says, “reduced cost of ownership (CoO) is still the mantra in most industries…Time is is money...consumables are money.  If you can make the same product using fewer resources/energy [then] that seems like a good strategy.”   (see entire post) Dornfeld directly correlates efficient manufacturing and reduced cost of ownership with “green” manufacturing practices.  These principles of minimizing waste and optimizing energy provide the foundation for DS and MSI technologies.  Through PLM, Dassault and Magestic Systems continue raise the bar for the entire manufacturing landscape.  By investing in development for tomorrow, the two companies together look to discover new best practices for today.

What about you? Is your Company going in that direction? Do you agree that these are profund reasons or do you consider them as pure hype? Please leave a comment!

Dylan MacLean for Magestic Systems and Jacques

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