Radhika Krishnan is Executive Vice President, Software & Healthcare with 3D Systems. She joined the company in 2018 from the Lenovo Datacenter Group where as vice president and general manager of the Software Defined Infrastructure business, she built teams from scratch, launched multiple … More »
MCADCafe Industry Predictions for 2020 – 3D Systems
February 3rd, 2020 by Radhika Krishnan
Software is playing an important role on the shop floor of manufacturers today, but it’s often focused on one task or a portion of the workflow. While there is benefit to that discrete function, the impact on the entire production line is not as significant as it can be. However, manufacturers who are recognized as the industry leaders are embracing an integrated approach – creating a digital thread that connects between the workflow portions and functions, results in efficiencies and cost savings by providing a complete set of data, elimination of repetitive tasks, and automation. These innovators are embracing advanced emerging technologies aligned with industry trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve productivity, lower Total Cost of Operation (TCO) and maintain competitive advantage.
As we look ahead to what 2020 will bring, I believe we’ll see more companies bringing a level of sophistication to how software integrates into their manufacturing workflows. We’ll see the connection of different environments – Design, Engineering, Shop Floor, and Inspection (QC) – into a cloud-based manufacturing process that harnesses the capabilities of individual platforms to power the entire process. In this production solution, software is the digital thread that connects each function to add control, visibility and traceability. Ultimately, this allows everyone involved to access data for analysis and simulation, helping to create and deliver the high-quality products to fuel revenue and growth.
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