Each company in each manufacturing sector will eventually face a digital transformation process. Innovative technologies, new market dynamics and new business models are the three drivers, who connect with each other, drive and are influencing the way in which the final realization of the products is carried out.

New technologies, implemented to improve production functionality and competitive advantage, are introducing complexity in the development process and new needs for the industrial sector.

According to Aras, the search for new suppliers and partners, equipment and methodologies, new demands for quality, inspection, testing and performance is growing, all further complicated by the fact that the new technologies used, often, have not had the time to be effectively tested.

Added to this is the need to bring new product technologies to the market faster, so as to beat competition with the consequent problems that quality and production teams face.

The new, more modern and innovative realities have the means to drive digital transformation initiatives more effectively. It is expected that organizations with differentiated products and commercial strategies will easily overcome the current market leaders in each sector. Positions that could quickly revolutionise because of emerging competitors who, having no legacy technologies and a production historian that limits them, have the strength to possess new lean approaches to production.

However, if production processes and the final product do not have the possibility to last in the long term, even these emerging companies, will be forcedly limited.

The new business models introduce new challenges for the production and life cycle of the product that will have to be faced, quickly, as it is the market that demands it.

The potential of Digital Thread in manufacturing

A Digital Thread connects data, teams and tools through the product life cycle, starting from design, development and production to operation, maintenance and field service activities. It can help share information from the next steps of the production cycle to the previous ones, for example by informing the design team with user information to help them improve the product or to make dedicated offers based on quality, performance and use.

Digital Thread, Aras stresses, can connect, in a synergistic way, different organizations within the same company:

Engineering and production, to allow for a mutual view of changes and to make rapid changes to added value;

Multiple production sites, to allow consistent performance and results, regardless of where the product is manufactured. Consistency based on visibility between production sites, capacity, equipment and production;

Quality and performance, to offer the possibility to connect immediately problems encountered during testing, testing and inspection with production, thus increasing the satisfaction of the final customer and loyalty to the brand.

The strategic role of Manufacturing

The ability to respond to trends, thanks to the data and information available, will improve the entire production and will give strength to the product life cycle. The possibility to anticipate trends and guide production towards new methodologies, which will contribute to the strategic advancement of the business, is the advantage that comes from the key information gathered around Digital Thread. A strategic advantage that the production sector can also benefit from.

How to get started

Aras suggests creating and supporting the paths, so that today’s needs are met more efficiently, will ensure a path of future-proof changes, making them more fluid and effective.

Only the manufacturing sector is able to optimize possibilities, understand new approaches and where they can have the greatest strategic impact, make them available to all teams, such as design and assistance, to allow you to understand the real possibilities that new approaches can offer to the business Production, being the only stage of the product’s life cycle in which simple ideas are transformed into reality, is not only a strategic enabler of digital transformation for companies, but could be the key to the success of this transformation.

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