Digital Manufacturing Has Its Head in the Cloud

Digital manufacturing is executed on the ground, but increasingly, the thinking is being done in the cloud. What happens on the factory floor doesn’t stay there, but is uploaded as data to the cloud for validation, visibility, and analytic crunching to find patterns, make predictions, and prescribe actions. The cloud was a simpleton years ago—a […]

What’s the Difference Between a Forecast and a Demand Plan?

What’s the difference between a forecast and a demand plan? A forecast is a prediction of demand based on a mathematical and statistical analysis of past demand. This mathematical forecast can and should be adjusted to reflect any knowledge or intelligence that the forecaster knows, that may affect future demand, but is not reflected in […]

The 3DEXPERIENCE Marketplace provides manufacturers

Here is how manufacturers can stay ahead by transforming to the new value networkThe Industry Renaissance is emerging worldwide and it’s encompassing new categories of processes, services and technology: new solutions are being created to meet the growing consumer’s demands, new online ecosystems are being formed to connect industrial services with suppliers, and the real […]

Analytics are the Key to Getting Value From IIoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is revolutionizing the factory floor with a proliferation of connected sensors and smart devices that can gather literally billions of data points from on-going activities. This data provides an unprecedented view of minute details of production events and activities – in real-time – to controllers and operators so that […]

The Future of Electric Vehicles

The Nissan Leaf, Chevy Bolt and Tesla’s Model S. These are just a few of the electric vehicles (EVs) we’re now accustomed to seeing on America’s roadways. Although drivers and riders are increasingly adopting plug-in cars, the latest industry reports indicate plug-ins are still only slightly above 1% of total automotive sales in the U.S., […]

Is Your Planning Integrated?

Most manufacturers take advantage of planning software (MRP and its variants) to set production schedules and lay out replenishment requirements for inventory. Most companies also engage in a formal business planning process to set strategic objectives, plan cash flow and financial requirements, allocate funds to major business functions, plan capital expenditures, etc. But are these […]

Self Driving Cars Hit the Road

Self-driving cars are inching closer to reality, not just in the development labs of big car companies and tech giants, but on the road in a growing number of communities, which are launching pilot projects to put the technology through its paces. According to a list compiled by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute, upwards […]

Inventory Optimization in the Supply Chain

Every company wants to have the right amount of the right inventory in the right place at the right time, and that has been the primary focus of Material Requirements Planning (MRP) software and its successors and descendants including Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Distribution Requirements Planning. Traditional planning systems use traditional logic that calculates […]