Manufacturing Value Chain CommunitySimulation Driven Innovation<div><p>We also discussed how simulation can fit into a product innovation platform, and be a catalyst for ideation and new product development.  Indeed, I think increasingly manufacturers will look more democratically at simulation, not only for verification, but also for early stage and ongoing innovation – complexity, competition, speed, and the…</p></div>Jeff HojloFri, 28 Apr 2017 18:28:25 -0400 Innovation USA Event Displays DX Capabilities<div><p>A few weeks back, I attended the Siemens Innovation USA event, held at the Siemens R&amp;D hub in Princeton, NJ. The message Siemens shared with members of the press and analyst communities is this: Siemens is a global company with deep U.S. roots, which means it is both global and local and here to serve its customers.</p> <p>Siemens USA CEO Judy Marks…</p></div>Heather AshtonTue, 25 Apr 2017 10:24:53 -0400 Early Days for Connected Warranty, but There's Great Potential<div><p>Warranty services are taking on new roles in customer experience and service innovation with the rise of connected products. Historically relegated to a background position in the overall customer service toolbox, the rise of connected products and the valuable data they generate are causing enterprising manufacturers to reconsider warranty's…</p></div>Heather AshtonWed, 05 Apr 2017 10:40:00 -0400 Maturity Model for Indoor Autonomous Mobile Robots<div><div> <p>The fact is, not all autonomous mobile robots are the same and as more and more innovative robots emerge, it becomes important to have a model for comparing the functionality across different devices.  Much in the same way as there is a maturity model for autonomous cars, IDC has developed a maturity framework for evaluating the maturity of…</p></div></div>John SantagateTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:29:46 -0400 Robotics Introduces RightPick: A Versatile Robotic Hand<div><p>On March 28<sup>th</sup> 2017, <a href="">RightHand Robotics announced the release of its “RightPick” product,</a> a combination hardware and software application designed for piece-picking. The Somerville Massachusetts based company designed the RightPick to address the growing challenge of automating the process of picking single items to support the growing influence of…</p></div>John SantagateThu, 30 Mar 2017 09:43:34 -0400 closes Geometric: Just One Example of Innovation Ecosystem Evolution<div><p>HCL and Geometric are just one example of the expanding and converging ecosystem of IT service partners.  This bundled approach to connected products services is what many other services firms have been building over the past few years organically and inorganically, focused on four areas, as I see it:</p> <ul> <li><strong>PLM:</strong> In addition to HCL acquiring…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloMon, 27 Mar 2017 16:01:28 -0400 PLM Showing Signs of Growth?<div><p>With strong sales performance over the past year of cloud PLM providers Arena Solutions and Propel, as well as the uptick in sales of cloud based PLM and overall subscription revenue from “traditional” CAD and PLM vendors such as Autodesk and PTC, indicators are that the market for cloud PLM is accelerating.  Consider the following:</p> <ul> <li>Arena…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloFri, 10 Mar 2017 10:11:32 -0500 Human Touch in Smart Manufacturing<div><p>The innovators at <a href="">Tulip</a>, spun out of the MIT Media Lab, have created a cloud based platform for managing, capturing, and analyzing hands-on work in the manufacturing environment.  Tulip’s platform enables engineers to create shop-floor apps, such as visual work instructions, quality and audit forms, and training modules. Engineers can add…</p></div>John SantagateTue, 14 Feb 2017 15:20:09 -0500 2017 Implications for Manufacturers<div><p>This is our third consecutive year attending the event, and the big takeaway is that there is continued acceleration of the connected, autonomous, artificial intelligence trends we’ve seen reshape the consumer electronics industry, and every other industry that relies on software, electronics, and data to enable better experiences and consistent…</p></div>Jeff HojloTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:13:59 -0500's Strategy and GE Minds & Machines<div><p>Some of the key takeaways from <a href="" target="_blank">me</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">John Villali</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Kevin Prouty</a> include:</p> <ul> <li>GE’s primary focus is digital transformation for productivity and innovation – starting with the assets, applying the data and knowledge to impact design and engineering (with the digital twin) as well as in services delivery (with the digital thread).</li> </ul> <p>GE's…</p></div>Kimberly KnickleTue, 17 Jan 2017 12:05:15 -0500