The Complex Manufacturing Ecosystem

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The Complex Manufacturing Ecosystem

Speaker: Michel Gadbois

Depending on an organization’s philosophy, the complex manufacturing ecosystem can be seen as a large triangle. At the top is the ERP accounting software, which manages everything related to finance. 

At one angle of the triangle’s base are product lifecycle management (PLM) account tools to manage the design, evolution, prototype, engineering change, production, and retirement phases of the product lifecycle. Depending on technology, PLM tools present visualizations in 2-D or 3-D to deliver clear definitions. All remaining functions needed to run an operation fall into an operations process management (OPM) system, represented at the other angle of the triangle’s base. Solumina is OPM software. 

Rather than having a variety of silo environments to keep together, organizations can maintain three systems. There is a bit of decision-making to determine what should be in ERP versus PLM versus OPM, but the choices are fairly minor. The major roles are pre-determined. 

There is a philosophy that if an organization is going to spend 80 percent of the time in an environment, they should try to use 100 percent of their time in that particular environment. Responsibilities and handoffs have been created so that three systems can properly share data while the boundaries between the systems are clear. 

At the end of the day, in order to compete in today’s digital manufacturing revolution, companies must find a solution to integrate all interfaces into one digital thread. Download our eBook to learn how Solumina can make this a reality.

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