Break Down the Silo Between Design and Manufacturing

What we hear as we go out and talk to our customers and prospects is a lot more use of the word “connected,” as technology has continued to evolve. What we're seeing is, companies are recognizing the inefficiency of silos.

If you think about design and manufacturing, those are two places where you absolutely would never want to have silos. So, that’s all the more reason to have a seamless, unified, agile approach to both design and manufacturing.

After all, manufacturing is not about theory and it's not about imagination. It's about execution, yet you need imagination, and you need theory in terms of developing a new product and bringing it to market.

Every company wants to optimize the cost of their product, the quality of their product and, of course, decrease time to market as much as possible. In order to do that, they can't just rush through the design process quickly. They need to have a seamless hand off to a manufacturing process that's ready to go as well.

There's real opportunity to create value by helping companies optimize that hand off and that transition into manufacturing. When you’ve got both design optimization and manufacturing domain expertise, you can form an efficient closed-loop process. This is critical because companies are more and more global and their products are more diverse and more variable and more configurable.

When the closed loop process is manual and siloed, you absolutely don't get 100% of the information back to where it needs to be, either from design down to manufacturing or from manufacturing back to design. You need an integrated system where information flows extremely easily and can be consumed and leveraged by all the constituencies that need it.

That’s why GE joined PTC’s PartnerAdvantage program, integrating our Proficy® software applications with PTC’s engineering and product lifecycle management suite. This partnership adds great value for the companies we serve—enabling them to close the loop between product design and production execution on the shop floor.

As a result, they get leaner product cycles, improved quality processes, lower manufacturing costs, and an overall competitive edge.

What are your thoughts about integrating MES and PLM?

Jim Walsh

Jim understands the challenges his customers face because he’s been in their shoes. As general manager of Automation & Controls from GE, Jim helps our customers with the only value proposition he feels matters in today’s connected world: growing their competitive edge.

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