Dassault Systemes has launched DELMIAwork’s in India. Sumesh Soman looks at the ERP and MES solutions suite as an effort to further digitise automotive manufacturing.

Dassault Systemes (Dassault) introduced DELMIAworks (Dw suite) in India earlier today. Joining a host of 3D modelling and simulation applications from Dassault, the Dw suite extends to automotive manufacturing operations with a pan India potential for growth. Dassault aims to deploy the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) solutions as part of the DW suite. The initiative is said to be in line with the larger vision of digitising every aspect of manufacturing at automotive manufacturing plants. Speaking at the launch conference, averred PM Ravikumar, India Management Director, Dassault Systèmes, “Dw suite exemplifies our commitment for our manufacturing customers in India. Alongside SolidWorks, the suite provides a connection between engineering and manufacturing for small to large enterprises.” “It complements our strategy in India to be a trusted solution partner for the discrete manufacturers in the entire value chain- from engineering design to manufacturing, production and shipment of the customers’ product,” he expressed.

The Dw suite brings with it an array of applications claimed to make use of real-time data for the ERP and MES solutions. The end objective is to multiply the operational efficiency at manufacturing plants. This is achieved by capabilities that include monitoring the end-to-end operational cycles of different business verticals. It could also be correlated to functions like finance, design, planning, scheduling, production, quality or warehousing operations. Through the DW Suite, Dassault aims to empower manufacturers to gain a better hold of business with control over functionality and transparency in the value chain. Tailor-made for industries like transportation and mobility, constituting 52 per cent of its customer base, the suite also extends functionalities to realms like life sciences, industrial equipment, home and lifestyle, aerospace, defence and marine among others.

For automotive manufacture, the Dw suite brings to the table, a means to digitise customer relationship management, estimating and quoting, sales order management, and capacity planning. It also facilitates advanced supply chain management, finance and accounting, accounts receivable and payable, planning and scheduling. Manufacturers can also hope to digitise job and process costing, inventory control, labelling, shipping and distribution, quality management and production control. Other offerings include MS interfaces, automated workflow, IQAlert activity monitoring and business intelligence among the core business activities.

The Dw suite is notably claimed to tackle accessibility issues associated with the overlapping data being amassed by individual stakeholders in the business. Ravikumar drew attention to the suite connecting businesses to the existing 3DExperience marketplace, in turn, offering access to a pool of companies equipped with engineering capabilities and capable of discharging services like contract manufacturing and on-demand part supplies, known to be crucial for manufacture.
In hindsight, when lockdowns were at their peak in India, with Covid-19 wreaking havoc on contact intensive industries like manufacture, the void of digitisation was felt by many, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises. The industry witnessed an accelerated pull for digitisation in every sphere of the value chain, from production to distribution, to sales and the aftermarket. In the aftermath of the second wave of Covid-19, the DW suite could well prove to be a boon for manufacturers. It perhaps also comes at an opportune time when manufacturers are bracing themselves for the threat of recurring waves looming large.

Watch Out for the detailed story in the upcoming issue of ACI Magazine.


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