INDUSTRY SURVEY REVEALS GAPS IN MANUFACTURERS’ READINESS FOR DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND PRODUCT INNOVATION SAN FRANCISCO — Aras, a provider of open and upgradable product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the enterprise, announced the results of a PLM Benchmark Survey for Enterprise Organizations. The findings reveal a significant gap in manufacturers’ readiness for digital transformation as a result of disconnected product processes and poor enterprise- wide adoption of product lifecycle management systems. Many manufacturers either don’t use the software to its full potential or are hindered by legacy architectures that are not easily upgradable to support their current product processes. Driven by increasingly complex and connected products—from smart industrial equipment to autonomous cars— global manufacturers rely on PLM systems to manage product lifecycle. However, the survey revealed that only 37 percent of respondents were satisfied with their PLM deployments, and only 54 percent believe PLM helps them achieve their goals—largely because they are underutilizing the software: • Systems engineering should be a core use case for PLM – but only 19 percent use PLM for systems engineering • Configuration management and change management are central tenets of PLM functionality – but only 42 percent of organizations are using PLM in this manner • PLM must encompass multiple design disciplines and domains – but only 51 percent of respondents are able to use PLM to collaborate across functions, suggesting that product data is siloed or housed in non-product development systems • Most PLM system vendors are primarily providers of CAD tools – but only 31 percent of respondents use PLM for MCAD/ECAD data “An effective PLM system is not only essential for any company manufacturing smart, connected products, it is a critical foundation for their future innovation,” said Peter Schroer, CEO of Aras. “Manufacturers need to transform their product processes to unlock opportunities with Digital Thread and Digital Twin. They can’t get there with disconnected processes, silos of data, and overuse of Excel. They require a digital transformation platform approach to PLM that enables flexibility, includes users across the extended enterprise, and is easily upgradable as processes and functionality evolve.” As global competition continues to increase, manufacturers recognize the need to transform their product processes to manage product complexity and unlock new opportunities with Digital Thread, Digital Twin, and IoT. However, many large organizations find themselves paralyzed by old IT architectures or use of legacy PLM systems that have largely not changed in the past 30 years. The result is siloed processes and inability to effectively manage cross-discipline design. These manufacturers risk being outperformed and must build a new technology foundation for innovation. Towards this end, leading industry analyst firm CIMdata released its position paper, “Product Innovation Platforms: Definition, Their Role in the Enterprise, and Their Long-Term Viability” to help industrial companies plan for a new generation of technology to enable today’s complex, connected products. CIMdata’s notion of a product innovation platform – an innovation-enabling business platform that would support all product-related disciplines and users through the entire product lifecycle – provides a starting point for organizations discussing digital transformation. Aras recently received top scores in CIMdata’s assessment against the Product Innovation Platform criteria. NEW JERSEY MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PROGRAM CREATES OR RETAINS MORE THAN 31,100 JOBS IN NEW JERSEY CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ — The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program’s efforts have helped New Jersey manufacturers realize more than $3.6 billion in value. NJMEP has also enabled New Jersey manufacturers to create or retain more than 31,100 jobs for the state’s economy. The numbers reflect NJMEP’s impact from 2000 through second-quarter 2017. NJMEP is ranked among the top performing centers based on the results of independent, third party, and quarterly client surveys. The $3.6 billion in value was realized through $2.64 billion in increased sales/ revenue, $369 million in process savings, and $600 million in capital investments. “The economic impact illustrates the importance of supporting programs that help manufacturers become more efficient in terms of production processes, labor utilization, and energy consumption,” said John W. Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP. “We can help manufacturers identify growth opportunities, upgrade critical employee skills, improve production efficiencies, cut energy costs, improve supply chain performance, and enhance customer satisfaction. Tough times sort out the competition, but they can also propel the growth of well-prepared firms that implement the initiatives needed to become next generation manufacturers capable of surviving in a global economy.” NJMEP has an ongoing process to determine its economic impact by surveying companies through a neutral, third-party survey firm approximately a year after completing a project. Clients quantify the impact NJMEP’s services have had on their companies. These services include implementation projects where the client realizes significant operational improvements and increases in production capacity, sales opportunity, cost avoidance, and investment opportunities. Thus, both client satisfaction and impact measurement are essential elements of all MEP projects. REPORT: MARKET FOR AUTOMATION OF END-TO-END PRODUCTION 3D PRINTING WILL REACH 11.2 BILLION IN 2027 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Automation of 3D printing will become one of the most important revenue segments for AM within the next decade, according to a new report from SmarTech Publishing, “Markets for Automated 3D Printing 2016 – 2027”. As industrial 3D printers go from stand-alone systems, used mostly for prototyping and research, to digital mass production lines, a number of opportunities are expected to emerge. SmarTech expects the market for automation in AM to represent a very significant revenue opportunity, growing to $11.2 billion by the end of the forecast period at an overall 35.98% CAGR from the 2017 level ($518 million). The report identifies the most commercially important technologies, workflow stations, robotics and electronics and software that are required to run the automated 3D printing factories of today and tomorrow. It includes ten-year forecasts of automated polymer and metal 3D printers as well as technology and material-specific post processing systems and robotic devices. The report also provides information on the companies that are leading 3D printing automation for part production. The report also includes a detailed analysis and forecast of the electronic components that will be required to fully digitize the polymer and metal AM factories of tomorrow. Over the past two years, as 3D printing began to shift from a process used for prototyping and small batch technology to a large batch and mass customization production technology, all major industrial 3D printer OEM’s have begun to pay closer attention to integrating their systems within automated production lines. The overall market opportunity for automated polymer AM hardware is expected to reach $3.172 billion by 2027 with 45.62% CAGR from 2017, driven by PBF and planar technologies. The overall revenue opportunity for automated metal AM hardware is comparable, with yearly sales expected to top $3 billion by 2027, growing at 32.42% CAGR from the current 2017 levels. Companies will concentrate on the collaboration of human and machine, simplified applications, and lightweight robots. Added to this are the two-armed robots, mobile solutions and the integration of robots into existing environments. There will be an increased focus on modular robots and robotic systems, which can be marketed at extremely attractive prices. Smartech Publishing is estimating the overall value of software for metal AM automation forecasting the overall segment to grow to $353 million in yearly revenues by 2027, growing at 25% CAGR from the current 2017 levels. The revenue opportunity for software in polymer AM automation is also expected to represent a very significant and highly profitable opportunity, totaling $172 million in yearly sales by the end of the forecast period, after growing at 29.5% CAGR between 2017 and 2027. BUSINESS NEWS ADDITIVE INDUSTRIES is expanding its team to accelerate global sales of its industrial metal additive manufacturing systems equipment. After recent opening its California Process & Application Development Center in North America, Additive Industries has announced another step in its global expansion strategy. Complementary to its direct sales in key markets, Additive Industries will build a network of agents to accelerate the implementation of the integrated metal additive manufacturing systems in demanding industries like aerospace, automotive, high tech and medical devices. In order to attract and support leading agents in industrial capital investment goods, Additive Industries has hired Bart Leferink (52), a seasoned 3D printing executive, to gain global coverage through channel partners, initially in Europe and North America, followed by Asia in 2018. Prior to joining Additive Industries, Mr. Leferink was channel director at Prodways (Industrial and professional 3D printing; Euronext - PWG) and has over 25 years of experience in sales & marketing, specifically in setting up new business channels. “I’ve spent most of my career driving the go-to-market of high quality systems and solutions in professional markets,” said Leferink. “I am very excited to join the fast growing team of Additive Industries and contribute to expansion of the global installed base of its MetalFAB1 industrial additive manufacturing systems.” At ideation 2017 in Los Angeles, X-RITE INCORPORATED and its subsidiary PANTONE, announced that GERBER TECHNOLOGY’S YuniquePLM and AccuMark will natively support the Appearance Exchange Format in 2018. Developed by X-Rite, AxF is a vendorneutral format that enables the communication of all aspects of a physical material’s appearance—color, texture, gloss, refraction, transparency, special effects (sparkles) and reflection properties— in a single, editable file to improve design virtualization. Using AxF, fashion, apparel, and retail companies will be able to incorporate physically correct, virtual materials in YuniquePLM and AccuMark to create photorealistic 3D images of garment samples in order to accelerate the design, creation and merchandising process. AxF is the foundational component of the X-Rite Total Appearance Capture ecosystem, a solution that brings a new level of accuracy and efficiency to the capture, communication and presentation of physical materials in the virtual world. Traditionally, the capture and rendering of complex materials such as meshes and synthetic fabrics have been a time-consuming and manual process. TAC addresses this challenge with a new level of precision and quality in material scanning coupled with an ability to share the resulting data, via AxF, across an expanding set of virtual design and product lifecycle management (PLM) tools like YuniquePLM. “Today YuniquePLM already supports Pantone libraries and we are excited to extend that relationship to our award-winning TAC ecosystem and AxF format,” said Dr. Francis Lamy, executive vice president and chief technology officer, X-Rite and Pantone. “AxF will allow Gerber Technology customers to create physically accurate digital material libraries for a collection and virtually see a material’s texture, gloss or sheen in a 3D model to understand how a material drapes and looks under various lighting conditions. This superior virtual experience will help reduce the need for physical samples, streamline design approval cycles, and allow apparel companies to respond quickly to changing consumer trends.” “We are excited to have this integration with X-Rite as it furthers our mission to help our customers decrease time to market by understanding textile properties prior to creating physical samples,” said Karsten Newbury, senior vice president and general manager, Software Solutions Group. GREENLIGHT GURU announced the addition of Grow to its existing quality management software platform, aimed to help companies get high-quality medical devices to market faster and with less risk. Now, with the introduction of their Grow product, Greenlight Guru’s software can assist medical device companies after the launch of a device by connecting its entire quality ecosystem and advancing the success of high-quality devices already on the market. According to the FDA, Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) continue to be the number one reason medical device companies are cited for 483 Observations. The reason is because many medical device companies are still using a paper-based system to connect the disparate processes, sources, people and data within a quality system. Or, the companies are opting for an eQMS that isn’t tailored toward the medical device industry and doesn’t address the changing FDA regulations and ISO standards in which the medical device industry must adhere. “After experiencing this pain firsthand working in product development and management for medical device companies, I knew there needed to be an easier way to help companies not only get to market faster but improve their post-market quality processes beyond just compliance,” said Jon Speer, founder and VP of QA/RA at Greenlight Guru. “Grow has additional workflows for CAPA and other postmarket needs that will help these companies who are flying blind without visibility into their quality system and are subject to unnecessary risk.” GE ADDITIVE acquired GEONX, a privately-owned developer of simulation software. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed. Headquarted in Belgium, GeonX provides software for engineers when developing new products, to simulate additive manufacturing, welding, machining and heat treatment processes in various industries such as aerospace, automotive and energy. GeonX’s simulation software tool, Virfac (short for Virtual Factory), assesses products prior to production; predicting defects, distortions and stresses and the impact manufacturing has on a product’s durability. This helps to reduce the number of prototypes built during the development phase, while improving the quality and lifetime of the manufactured products. This can minimize the time to market and development costs. Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president and general manager, GE Additive, said, “As a business, GE Additive is committed to accelerating the additive manufacturing industry. Innovative simulation software solutions like Virfac do just that by adding real value to our customers who want to speed up product design and development, while maintaining the best possible quality. We’re delighted to welcome GeonX to the GE Additive family.” Laurent D’Alvise and Michel Delanaye, co-founders and CEOs, GeonX, said, “GE Additive is the innovator in the additive manufacturing sector and we’re thrilled to join the team. Software is of course integral to digital transformation, so we are equally excited to be part of GE’s Digital Industrial journey.” For many years, GE has been a leading end user and innovator in the additive manufacturing space. In addition to the $1.4 billion investment in Concept Laser and Arcam, GE has also invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies over the past 10 years, developed additive applications across all GE businesses, created new services applications across the company, and earned hundreds of patents in material science. In 2016, the company established GE Additive to become a leading supplier of additive technology, materials and services for industries and businesses worldwide. VJ TECHNOLOGIES (VJT), a global provider of digital x-ray inspection system and services solutions, will partner with DATEST (ABM Test Inc.) on a West Coast inspection services center, showroom and demonstration facility. In the agreement, Datest will provide their Fremont, CA, facility and personnel for the inspection services center, showroom and demonstration center. VJ Technologies and its line of imaging systems, will provide a high precision (5-10 micron) micro focus DR/CT system, VJT’s Vi3 DR software and Fraunhofer’s VOLEX CT software, and all associated DR and CT workstations. NAS410 Level II and Level III personnel will be available, as needed, as part of the new service. Other VJT products and services will be on display and available for use and demonstrations. Training and consultation services will also be featured. Quick-turnaround inspection and failure analysis services will be available to all industry sectors, building on Datest’s well-known and highly successful printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) failure analysis service of the past five years. VJT will also back up Datest for high-energy x-ray applications at its New York and Connecticut facilities. “Having Datest as our partner and adding a West Coast inspection services location will be great for both companies,” said Vijay Alreja, CEO, VJ Technologies. “This location will add greater f lexibility and convenience for our customers while improving response time for existing customers in the area.” “Adding VJT’s products and services to our facility will help our growing company add to our total inspection service offerings, while improving performance and productivity,” said Robert A. Boguski, Jr., president of Datest. “In addition to excellent customer service, our goal is to use the best equipment available and respond with a tailored solution to every client’s needs. It’s all about speed of delivery and flexibility. We think we’ve perfected the operating model for quick-turnaround x-ray services; now we need to broaden our service offering to other industry sectors. In all business areas our key client remains the same: An engineer with a problem, in need of an immediate solution. The movement of large dollars typically depend on that solution. We need to deliver an answer, in the form of images showing the root cause of failure, as quickly as possible. The VJ Team are Datest’s right partners for this challenging and dynamic application.” TASI GROUP, a family of 12 companies focused on test, inspection and measurement for manufacturing, acquired OTTAWA’S SCIEMETRIC INSTRUMENTS INC., a pioneer of Industry 4.0 smart technologies. The terms of the deal between the two privately owned companies were not disclosed. Sciemetric will continue to operate as an independent Canadian corporation. The deal was attractive to both companies because they each have complementary technologies, strengths and market reach, said TASI CEO John McKenna. “We believe this acquisition will accelerate growth in both companies,” McKenna said. “Pairing Sciemetric with TASI company Cincinnati Test Systems is an ideal partnership that amplifies each other’s strengths to create a dominant competitive advantage and a strong barrier to entry to other players.” Sciemetric CEO Nathan Sheaff, who will remain with Sciemetric as president and general manager, said the acquisition gives his company access to new markets and customers, and in particular creates a vast new opportunity to sell its analytics software into a large, global installed base of test systems. “QualityWorX is the industry’s most versatile software tool allowing manufacturers to swiftly address quality and productivity issues on their production lines,” he said. “Combined with our own test systems and those of the TASI companies, it is the perfect solution for manufacturers that want to improve quality and increase yield.” ASSOCIATION NEWS In an organizational first, ASTM INTERNATIONAL will establish a center of excellence in the field of additive manufacturing. The organization called for industry-university proposals aimed at creating a global innovation hub that advances AM technical standards, related R&D, education and training, and more. “Over the last decade, hundreds of the world’s top experts in additive manufacturing have pioneered the development of new standards through ASTM International,” said Katharine Morgan, the organization’s president. “We are thrilled to take this next bold step to bridge standards development with R&D, while also meeting the growing demand for related services in this field.” The center will be supported with up to $250,000 annually for up to five years, provided from funds and in-kind contributions. In-kind support could increase the award amount beyond $250,000. Letters of intent are due Nov. 24 with full proposals due shortly thereafter on Dec. 15. The winning proposal will be announced in early 2018. The new center will serve as a focal point for standards-related R&D activities, helping address pressing industry needs and gaps. It will also be a global hub for innovation, with capabilities that support testing, education and training, and more. In addition, the center will serve as a consortium in attracting stakeholders from the aviation, automotive, medical, and other industries that are increasingly engaged in AM applications. Applicants are expected to emphasize approaches that maximize coordination and collaboration among academia, industry, and governments. ASTM International’s committee on additive manufacturing technologies (F42) was formed in 2009. The committee, in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 261, has worked and continues to work closely with the Additive Manufacturing Standards Collaborative to identify and fill a variety of gaps across multiple industry sectors. ASTM International could select up to two awardees as part of this initiative. THE CLEAN ENERGY SMART MANUFACTURING INNOVATION INSTITUTE (CESMII) announced that SAVIGENT SOFTWARE has joined the Manufacturing USA initiative as its first national member. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, CESMII brings over $140 million in publicprivate investment to enable smart manufacturing technologies and systems to become the driving, sustainable engine that delivers real-time business and energy improvements in U.S. manufacturing. “Savigent is not only our first national member, but will be an important technical partner moving forward,” remarked Jim Wetzel, CEO of CESMII. “As our organization grows with additional members from industry, academia and non-governmental organizations, CESMII will create an ecosystem for innovation, workforce development and business practices to advance our institutional goals and the productivity goals of our members.” As the Institute’s first national member, Savigent Software will work with CESMII’s leadership and its regional, resource and consortium partners to develop and leverage nationwide projects focused on making more efficient use of energy and other resources. “We’re eager to share the Savigent Technology and our passion for Smart Manufacturing with the CESMII network,” said Mark Besser, senior vice president of customer success for Savigent Software. “These projects and initiatives will validate and increase productivity, energy efficiency and overall profitability, significantly improving the capabilities of participating U.S. manufacturing companies and their supply chain.” CESMII defines smart manufacturing (SM) as the business, technology, infrastructure, and workforce practice of optimizing manufacturing through the use of engineered systems that integrate operational technologies and information technologies (OT/IT). CESMII’s focus is the development of advanced sensors, controls, platforms and high performance computational models to help companies of all sizes across a variety of manufacturing industries realize the benefits of SM and make U.S. manufacturers more competitive. The Institute will accelerate SM adoption through integration of advanced technologies and intelligence, radically improving precision, performance, quality, sustainability and energy efficiency. As a provider of event-driven SM software, Savigent Software is a key element for CESMII and is an integral part of the core technology offering the Institute will leverage to build these new solutions. View the latest in quality industry news by visiting our headlines at qualitymag.com—updated daily. Just click the tag now and see what you’re missing. If you don’t have the mobile app on your smart phone, visit http://gettag.mobi to get started. BUSINESS NEWS JENOPTIK OPTICAL SYSTEMS announced the expansion of its manufacturing operations in Florida. Jenoptik opened a new ISO 14644 Class 5 clean room with state-of-the-art filtration technology for high-precision optical assemblies to support applications with demanding cleanliness requirements like semiconductor and space flight instrumentation. Additionally, Jenoptik has extended site capabilities by investing in a new thermal vacuum chamber in the clean room. The Class 5 clean room complements the pre-existing ISO 14644 Class 7 clean room and triples the amount of clean room space in Florida. Jenoptik’s continued expansion in Florida is the direct result of customer volume requirements for the company’s products. This new facility complements the clean room capacity in Huntsville, AL. The Huntsville facility is purpose- built to meet the rigorous requirements of leading-edge semiconductor-related manufacturing activities. Jay Kumler, president of Jenoptik Optical Systems in North America, commented, “We are investing in differentiating technologies, advanced equipment and employees, and we are committed to meeting our customers’ expectations for higher levels of cleanliness and contamination control.” Equipment manufacturers around the globe use Jenoptik’s products to build semiconductor devices, telecommunications equipment, digital projection, mobile devices, augmented reality, industrial automation and connected vehicles. ZEISS will strengthen its activities in Russia, Ukraine, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia by acquiring a majority stake in the OPTEC GROUP, the long-standing sales and service partner responsible for this territory. With this step, Zeiss is continuing and expanding its almost 115-year presence in the region. Optec is represented in the territory with approximately 300 employees and operates 16 subsidiaries and branches in seven countries. In the future the shares of the company will be jointly held by Carl Zeiss AG and the longstanding owner Family v. Korff. The shares of the former CEO and shareholder Maksym Igelnyk will be therefore fully acquired by Zeiss. Effective 1 January 2018, Optec will be led by Michael Hubensack (Zeiss) and Nicholas v. Korff. Optec will retain its current sales and service organization to act as a solutions provider with its full portfolio of Zeiss and complementary third-party products. Thomas Spitzenpfeil, CFO and CIO of Carl Zeiss AG, commented on the transition as follows: “We see Russia, the CIS countries, Ukraine and Georgia as markets with promising and sustainable growth potential despite political challenges. Our new role as the majority shareholder in the Optec Group is a manifestation of our strong engagement in this region. It underlines our trust in our local partners, the customers and the entire Optec team. Customers and partners, both old and new, will benefit from the new setup.”
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