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“You Have to Think in a Different Way”

April 18, 2023
DELMIA’s CEO emphasizes a collaborative future for design and manufacturing.

Manufacturing has reached the end of point-to-point operational models, said Guillaume Vendroux, CEO of DELMIA during an interview with Machine Design at Hannover Messe Monday. The new model is an interconnected, interdependent and continuously updated manufacturing plan that connects design, operations, maintenance and the internal and external supply chain.

“We want to leverage all of that plant floor experience,” said Vendroux. “How can you get engineering to talk? The ability to have a shared data model allows you to overlap those activities.”

It starts, Vendroux noted, with a common plan. In the case of DELMIA, it is built on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform. First there is the model—how are you going to build it, and that’s what [you] do in DELMIA,” he said. “Now that I have [a] plan, how do I execute it? How do I connect to the real world? That will give you a very good understanding of what’s going on. You have to look at data in context of the plan. Data is critical, but then you feed into the model and you can predict the future.

“You can connect to the manufacturing operation, and you can connect to operation of project. You can connect to the field. The ability to trade information from end to end, function to function—all of that is totally connected. It’s alive.”

Vendroux added, “We’ve hit the limit on transactional work on the plant floor. We have to think a different way.”

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