Friday, 27 January 2012

Specialist Marine Interiors, SMI Group and Autodesk PLM 360

Specialist  Marine Interiors ( a company of Boat Builders that specialize in Super Yacht interiors. They have developed through years of experience and commitment to technology an interior remote build system that maximizes quality and efficiency from design to manufacture to installation.

The manufacturing process is divided into Pre-assembly, Assembly, Fitting, Finishing, Packing and Dispatch. Work Packs move through the process as if on a production line yet every item is a piece of carefully crafted bespoke furniture built to the most exacting standards. Artisans stand along side the most modern automated machinery combining irreplaceable experience with the best of technology. Accuracy is assured by computer numerically controlled machines but quality is assured by the people behind the craft…and the reputation. The finished furniture is then carefully wrapped and protected before being crated ready for shipment to the yard where our own teams of specialist installers complete the masterpiece.

Scott Moyse the Design Manager at SMI is one of our early adopters of Autodesk PLM 360. We will be working with Scott and the team at SMI, to streamline their entire lifecycle process using Autodesk PLM 360. They will manage their customers, control project and process management, produce costing, quoting and finally manage workflows for customers and supplier interaction. 

The ability to access their PLM from anywhere in the world on any device, PC, tablet, mobile and at any time is a big bonus for them.

Being able to carry out field inspections of their completed yachts, and also report back results in real time to the design office, is one way SMI are improving their innovation process.

MY BLACK PEARL >  31.5m > Beautiful modern interior built and installed in New Zealand

SMI is committed to quality craftsmanship and utilise the latest technology to achieve the highest standard in their Super Yacht interiors. Every single piece of furniture is modelled in Autodesk Inventor before it is cut in the factory, ensuring a perfect fit in an environment where space is at a premium.

Hull and water tight bulkhead structure modelled in Autodesk Inventor

Structural envelope and outboard cabinetry modelled in Autodesk Inventor 

This short clip shows a model of the Black Pearl, revealing the detail that goes into the design of their interiors. It was modelled in Autodesk Inventor and animated in 3DS Max Design.

"I've been spending the last couple of days setting up our initial instance of Autodesk PLM 360 with Mike. This stuff is slick, first app setup in under 90 minutes all by myself and tied into 2 other apps. Customer>Project>Task very impressive" Scott Moyse

I'm off to meet Scott in Barbados on the Black Pearl Yacht for research purposes you understand!!

Cheers for reading..Mike

Friday, 20 January 2012

PDM/PLM - No Batman without Robin!

In the world of PLM you need good counterparts like PDM, kind of like Batman needs Robin! and no mater what the manufacturing business you engage with consists of, one thing is always consistent….The lifecycle process. Why do we care about processes? well processes are the way in which we all get work done and  processes are the basis of organisational performance, so improving work processes are the key to improving organisational performance.

BUT...remember No Batman without ROBIN!! without the correctly managed design data you have nothing to distribute along the design lifecycle. So PDM play's a major part in the entire and complete lifecycle and is key to improving performance.

Independent research shows that there are 6 key stages to information management within any business.

Stage 1 – Automation of single business functions, for example you use a 3D modelling system to automate design.
Stage 2 – You automate multiple functions, for example you also employ a CAM system to automate manufacture.
Stage 3 – You connect these functions together through a common database.
Stage 4 – At stage 4 organisations start to restructure their business process leveraging information management as a catalyst.
Stage 5 – The organisation starts to integrate some of its external business process that involve partners through the use of information management platforms.
Stage 6 – Finally, at stage 6 the organisation starts to blur the boundaries with its supply network so that the entire network operates as a single entity consistently delivering value to the end customer.

For true PLM you really still need the fundamentals of PDM to make sure you manage your entire design data efficiently and easily in a controlled manor, allowing  you to innovate faster.
Autodesk Vault provides a scalable platform that allows you to start by automating single business functions, then linking them, when the business is ready, to provide an enterprise solution which can be scaled outside of the business and integrated into the supply network and beyond to project management, quality, compliance, maintenance, service, production planning, field inspection etc.. all managed using Autodesk PLM 360

We enable customers to achieve this progression through the 6 stages at a pace that suites them.

To finish...take a look at this cool video for Autodesk Vault and cheers for reading...Mike

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Autodesk® PLM 360

Autodesk® PLM 360 software-as-a-service provides an innovative alternative to traditional Product Lifecycle Management software solutions by making it simpler to adopt for industry professionals managing challenging data, people, and business processes. Autodesk® PLM 360 is an affordable, easy-to-use, and simple to deploy solution readily flexible and configurable to meet client-specific process needs. Built on the cloud, Autodesk® PLM 360 is ready to go with zero deployment, starts small yet scales fast to meet demand, and integrates easily within the existing business environment to help business leaders efficiently develop products for improved profitability and higher product quality.

Our solution brings the benefits of PLM available to anyone, anytime, anywhere. No matter what role you play, Autodesk® PLM 360 streamlines the management of data, people, and business processes to help our customers become more competitive and grow their business—with less cost and risk.

Some key points to Autodesk® PLM 360

  • Do-it-yourself approach to system configuration gives business leaders control of the PLM development roadmap for maximum efficiency
  • Rapid deployment with built-in security and backup immediately shifts the focus from ideation to execution and affords more time for innovation
  • PLM with pricing and extras kept simple—build a trustworthy plan and budget and avoid cost overruns
  • User interface with clean and consistent look and feel enables regular collaboration and rapid communication
  • Drag-and-drop process modeling avoids programming to dramatically reduce the costs and risks of implementation
  • Mobile access and role-based applications provide on-the-go access to the most relevant information for anyone, anytime, anywhere
  • A stable, cloud-based infrastructure updated frequently results in predictable deployments that mitigate risk
  • Robust system design allows in-house experts to experiment with workflow setup live to streamline processes without disrupting day-to-day business.
  • Open and easy integration with existing business systems adds the information needed to stay on task

We have many Rich PLM Business Applications that are ready to ship with the product for the customer to use or edit and modify, below are just some of the apps we have!

•             New Product Development
•             Program & Process Management
•             Quality and Compliance
•             Supplier/Partner Management
•             Maintenance and Service
•             And many more..!