TechniaTranscat continues European expansion, acquires Dutch infostrait

Stockholm and Loenen, March 24, 2017

TechniaTranscat, the #1 knowledge company in PLM, today announced that they will acquire infostrait, a Dutch PLM and BIM specialist based in Loenen with 18 employees. infostrait will form the new Business Area Benelux within TechniaTranscat, an Addnode Group subsidiary.

Background and motive

  • infostrait matches very well the TechniaTranscat strategy to grow by acquiring highly skilled Value-Added Resellers of Dassault Systèmes software in selected geographies, where the Benelux region (Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg) with a population similar to the Nordics represents a growth opportunity for TechniaTranscat.
  • As part of TechniaTranscat, infostrait will have access to even broader competence and larger number of consultants, making it possible for their customers to realize their PLM vision.
  • TechniaTranscat will after the transaction have more than 540 employees in Austria, Finland, Germany, India, Netherlands, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and USA and combined revenues of over 82.5 million Euro (2016).

infostrait with 18 employees had 2016 a revenue of 2.7 million Euro. infostrait will be rebranded to TechniaTranscat and form the new business area Benelux.

infostrait, a partner of us for many years is very customer focused, quality aware and agile in their business approach. It is with great pleasure that I welcome them to TechniaTranscat and I’m really looking forward to grow together in the Benelux area, expanding the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and TechniaTranscat footprint by providing measurable business improvements to our customers”, says Jonas Gejer, CEO of TechniaTranscat.

 “We are very excited to become part of the European leader in PLM. This gives us the possibility to bring the full capabilities of TechniaTranscat to our customers and to continue our growth journey in the Benelux region”, says Jaap Holweg, founder of infostrait and new Director for the Business Area Benelux within TechniaTranscat.

Completion of the acquisition takes place on April 3, 2017.

For more information:

Jonas Gejer, President, CEO of TechniaTranscat
Phone: +46 (0)733 77 24 14, e-mail: jonas.gejer@techniatranscat.com

Jaap Holweg, Director, Business Area Benelux, TechniaTranscat.
Phone: +31 (6) 11 38 06 93, e-mail: jaap.holweg@techniatranscat.com

About infostrait

We want to be seen – in the globalizing environment – as the PLM and BIM specialist that offers complete solutions for all relevant markets. We are always looking for new challenges and developments to keep our knowledge growing. We achieve this through cooperation with reputable suppliers, employees with a very high level of knowledge, and an excellent quality and service level.We help our clients make processes in the areas of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) manageable and scalable. We do this by providing advice and solutions with professionalism and integrity, which allows you to increase your profit. For more information about infostrait please visit www.infostrait.com

About TechniaTranscat

TechniaTranscat – the #1 knowledge company in PLM. By combining your strengths with our expertise in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) we will help you to turn your vision into value, and become the future winner. Our solutions are used worldwide in industries such as life sciences, automotive, travel, retail, offshore, telecom, fashion, and food & beverage. We serve over 4000 customers worldwide, including 43 that are listed on the Fortune 500. TechniaTranscat is a part of Addnode Group, listed at the Nasdaq OMX Nordic List. For more information, please visit www.techniatranscat.com

Configuration Management

My name is IJsbrand Schipperus. I am a PLM consultant at TechniaTranscat. Data management has always played a big role in my career. In the beginning I used data as an artist and as a designer. I later decided to learn more about data and it turns out that there is always another interesting topic to learn about. This is definitely the case for data.

I would like to introduce you to Configuration Management. I want to show you what it is, how it works and especially what it can do for you. The pitfalls of implementation will also be discussed.

Definition

Configuration Management is the management of the configurations. In this context, a configuration is a set of data that corresponds with a certain life phase of a product. An example makes it easier to understand the concept.

An often-used configuration is “As Required”. This configuration includes all documents and data that are necessary to describe a product, such as the Requirements Specification.

Another often-used configuration is “As Designed”. This configuration includes all documents that are necessary to specify the product as it was designed. This is where you will often find (3D) CAD data, electric and hydraulic diagrams and software.

The use of configurations gives rise to the need to manage these configurations. Someone has to be responsible for all configurations, since each employee is working with a single configuration. The person that manages all configurations is called the Product Owner. Every product or article has its own Product Owner.

 

Practical use

We are constantly gathering and saving more data regarding our products. It has become standard to save 3D CAD data to get an overall image of the product and to simulate it. There is, furthermore, the working drawing that allows our product to be produced. The trend is to combine all product data, which requires a PDM/PLM system. Product data includes, for example, the software that is delivered with a product, such as multidisciplinary CAD data with electric or hydraulic drawings, but also requirements, manuals, folders and product renderings.

This creates PLM articles with embedded data. It is useful to have everything in the same place, but is it really necessary to review the entire Article when we add a new rendering? Do we have to check every document once more when we want to correct a spelling mistake in the manual and, therefore, review the Article, before the new version can be released? How do we check the modification without having to review the rest of the documentation?

When using configurations, product data is divided into logical sections. At most companies a specific department is responsible for a specific configuration. The Sales department, for example, is responsible for the “As Required” configuration and the Engineering department for the “As Designed” configuration. Every configuration has its own life cycle. A released configuration is called a Baseline.

The Baselines are used as a starting point when we want to produce an Article. A product is the last Baseline of a configuration and the approved Changes combined.

An approved change is immediately added, even when a different configuration of the Article is in use further along in the process. The configurations are independent of each other, making it possible to change each one independently. Changes can also influence multiple configurations.

Revision / version

We are going to digress and talk about Revision / Version. Based on the above, explaining the difference between a Revision and a Version is easy:

A Revision is a change in an Article / Product based on the same Requirements.

A Version is a change in the Article / Product based on new Requirements.

Advantages

As stated above, one of the advantages is the use of a clear structure to store the product documents. Another advantage is that the department or group of people that is actually responsible for the documentation can be made responsible for the configuration.

There is, however, another advantage. Configurations each have their own life cycle, which means they can be adapted independently. All configurations van be reviewed or updated at the same time. This means that Manufacturing can produce the first version or revision of a product, while Engineering is working on the next revision and Marketing is adjusting the requirements for the next version of the product.

The fact that all departments can work on their own configuration at the same time, allows for a significantly shorter Time-To-Market. Modifications can also be implemented faster, allowing us to launch new versions of the product on the market sooner.

One last advantage is the management of delivered configurations. Having configurations such as “As Delivered” or even “As Serviced” you always know what has been delivered to the customer and even which parts have been replaced during service or maintenance work. This allows you to quickly find out which parts are in use and thus, where the part to be replaced is located if and when it is to be replaced based on a new revision.

Change management

Setting up new configurations requires additional care. When something is changed in a configuration because of which it no longer is the same as previously similar configurations, the changes have to be implemented in the other configurations as well. However, if a change does nog require additional changes elsewhere it should not lead to additional work. For example, if the requirements change and the designs no longer meet the requirements, the delivered product would not meet the requirements. Measures to avoid this should be taken.

This is why it is important that the Change Management is in order when starting to process documentation in a Configuration Management system. At some point in time during the implementation of the change the responsible party should check whether the change also influences other configurations. This is often only an option after the change has been implemented, because that is when you know what the change implies. For some changes it is clear from the start that the impact will reach further than the configuration itself or in other cases, the production of the preceding revision / version should be stopped immediately to prevent issues.

Change Management is an essential part of Configuration Management!

Pitfalls

Configuration Management itself has pitfalls as well. The strengths of Configuration Management can, when wrongly implemented, create major problems causing the system to produce a negative instead of a positive effect on the process.

The configurations should fit in with the processes within the company. Finding a person or group of people who can be made responsible for a configuration is impossible if the configurations are not based on internal processes. When the defined configuration is too broad, too many people would have to work simultaneously on the configuration and too many would be responsible for this configuration. The strength of the system is that groups of people have their ‘own’ configuration.

The interrelation of the configurations and the structure of the system of configurations must be well-thought out. Who determines what? If the wrong data is managed in the wrong configuration the people who are responsible for this configuration are clearly not the right people for this task. It is important to assign data to every configuration at the start. If the structure is not clear enough, you will need to determine the business process and implement changes in said process if necessary.

Please contact us should you require more information!

configuration management

TechniaTranscat signs Value Added Reseller Agreement with infostrait

STOCKHOLM, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 – TechniaTranscat, a world leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, has signed a new Value Added Reseller Agreement with infostrait, a specialist within PLM and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the Netherlands.   

TechniaTranscat AB a leading global supplier of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for creating and managing product information throughout the entire product lifecycle, announced today a new Value Added Reseller (VAR) agreement with infostrait. This partnership enables infostrait to offer TechniaTranscat products and related support services in the Netherlands and Belgium.

“Today’s announcement with infostrait is another solid step in our strategy to grow our product footprint in Europe” said Jonas Gejer, TechniaTranscat CEO. “We have successfully collaborated with infostrait for years and the timing was right to take this partnership to the next level. infostrait has proven to be the perfect partner with their skills and expertise in PLM combined with an impressive customer base in the Netherlands.”

“The collaboration with TechniaTranscat the recent years, has been very positive. This can be seen through the fact that we share the same values and DNA. Our goal is to help our customers, to grow their business and we are fully convinced that the products from TechniaTranscat have a lot to add to this goal. Beside the products we believe in partnerships. Since our customer base is getting more and more internationally orientated it is good to know that there is always a  TechniaTranscat partner nearby “ said Jaap Holweg, Director at infostrait.

For more information, please contact:

Jonas Gejer, CEO, TechniaTranscat
Phone: +46 (0) 8 599 204 14, e-mail: jonas.gejer@techniatranscat.com

Jaap Holweg, Director, infostrait
Phone: +31 55 5348591 , email: j.holweg@infostrait.nl

 

About TechniaTranscat

TechniaTranscat – the #1 knowledge company in PLM. By combining your strenghts with our expertise in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) we will help you to turn your vision into value, and become the future winner. Our solutions are used worldwide in industries such as life sciences, automotive, travel, retail, offshore, telecom, fashion and food & beverage.
We serve over 4000 customers worldwide, including 43 that are listed on the Fortune 500. TechniaTranscat is a part of Addnode Group, listed at the Nasdaq OMX Nordic List. For more information, please visit www.techniatranscat.com

About infostrait

We want to be seen – in the globalizing environment – as the PLM and BIM specialist that offers complete solutions for all relevant markets. We are always looking for new challenges and developments to keep our knowledge growing. We achieve this through cooperation with reputable suppliers, employees with a very high level of knowledge, and an excellent quality and service level.We help our clients make processes in the areas of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) manageable and scalable. We do this by providing advice and solutions with professionalism and integrity, which allows you to increase your profit.

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Dassault Systemes IoT Strategy: The Internet of Experiences

The Internet of Experiences / Author: Dick Slansky 

At the recent Dassault Systemes (DS) ENOVIA day, which ARC attended, one of the most interesting presentations, along with all the product updates and industry segment briefings, was the DS IoT strategy. I have been saying all along that much of the actual IoT strategies, business solutions, IoT platforms, product design solutions, and manufacturing process solutions for IIoT have been coming from the PLM suppliers. It appears that DS is very serious about IoT and has been very busy developing not only IoT strategies and platforms, but is now focusing on the top of IoT stack: business applications.

If one was able to attend the recent Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, certain categories of emerging technologies were very clearly in the forefront: Smart cars were becoming tablets and systems on four wheels; virtual reality and augmented reality were becoming entrenched in our consumer lives as well as in our factories and plants; IoT was going mainstream in smart homes; next generation drones and robots have matured enough to interact with humans activity; wearables and wellness becomes an ubiquitous part of our daily lives; and startups for IoT are sprouting up like mushrooms after a rainstorm. The common denominator here is that this is all about smart connected “things” in our businesses, factories, plants, cities, society, and our personal lives.

DS likes to characterize their vision for IoT as the “Internet of Experiences”, and if one considers all of the parts of our world that this touches, there indeed appears that a case can be made for the Internet of Experiences. They appear to have a more expansive view of IoT: My_Things – connecting things to things; My_Experience – connecting humans to things; My_World – connecting the environment to things. DS views the Internet of Experiences as a continuous value creation for businesses and individuals who develop, implement, and enrich “IoE” ready connected experiences. This would involve the use of their 3DExperience platform and IoE ready industry and business solutions developed on this platform.

From this perspective DS wants to bridge the virtual and physical with both a product design and experience platform that would involve a multi-scale, IoT aware, system modeling and simulation-based connected experiences. The physical would start at the chip/processor level and progress upward to smart sensors and controllers, equipment, production lines, factories and plants, to entire cities.

DS presented their view of the IoT/IIoT stack:

  • Starting at the bottom are the connected things and systems of things which involve all of the connected objects like smart sensors, actuators, embedded hardware, cameras, etc. Also, this layer represents the actual design of the smart connected product/object.
  • The next higher level is the M2M communication layer for terminal and gateway connections like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, RFID, and other forms of coded readers.
  • Next is the network layer of LANS, Internet, broadcast TV, mobile communication networks.
  • Next comes the IoT/IIoT data/platform layer. This represents the IoT platforms that enable business and manufacturing to design and architecture IoT ecosystems. IoT data/information is connected, computed, stored, analyzed, and managed. This would involve players like PTC, IBM Bluemix, MS Azure, Cisco, Xively, GE Predix, Bosch, and Oracle.
  • On top of this stack is where DS wants to play: the experience or applications layer. This is would be the business applications layer for smart buildings, factories, energy, health, transportation, homes, and cities.

In the context of this stack DS envisions offering business value at the design layer (connected objects/products) with engineering design tools (CATIA, Solidworks brands) and at the experience layer for business applications (ENOVIA, NetVibes, Exalead brands). In between these bottom and top layers DS plans to partner with IoT platform, network, and M2M and communications providers.DS envisions offering an IoE through all elements of engineering design: requirements, systems, mechanical, electrical, software, simulation, and service in the field. Their intent is to provide solutions to harmonize the virtual and physical worlds, not unlike the message from PTC. As DS put it: “From product to connected experience, from device to smart value added services, from shipping to continuously improving”.

Like other PLM providers DS is embracing the concept of the digital or virtual twin from the perspective of B2C (maintenance/warranty of consumer products) and B2B (maintenance of equipment in the field). Also, IoE for DS is about big data analytics where their solutions will 1) collect and gather, 2) find and explore, 3) analyze and track, 4) diagnose in context, 5) automate and predict, 5) context build up. DS offers various brands to accomplish all of this: Exalead, an index-based search engine that ferrets out data/information across the extent of design/build/service lifecycle; DELMIA manufacturing operations management, M2M connectivity, operations intelligence analytics, and production execution applications; ENOVIA PDM platform and single source of all design/build information; and NetVibes, a real-time data streaming dashboard.

It will be interesting to follow DS’s strategy to form partnerships with the middle layer providers of the IoT stack, however this appears to be similar to PTC’s strategy for IoT services. Suffice to say that DS, as the market leader in PLM, is focusing on the business application, or in their parlance, the experience layer for IoT, which represents not only the top layer of the IoT/IIoT, but the area that is the most underserved and lacking in solutions at this juncture in the IoT journey.

with acknowledgement Industrial IoT.com

VolkerRail chooses ENOVIA SMARTEAM PDM

For some time VolkerRail worked with a hosted SmarTeam/FS environment through its partner Encon Infra, which is a customer of TechniaTranscat since early 2011. Late last year, VolkerRail decided to build their own PDM environment together with TechniaTranscat to support the engineering processes. The vision is: A company-wide introduction of engineering software for civil infrastructure projects. Volker Rail is one of the subsidiaries of the VolkerWessels Group. The company specializes in railway construction and maintenance for train, light rail, tram and metro. Much work is being done on behalf of ProRail. VolkerRail Thorough analysis by staff of both parties led to the decision to follow a multiple phase implementation. In several manageable steps VolkerRail staff will gain access to more and greater functionality. The first phase provides for the deployment of integrated management of AutoCAD drawings based on the SmarTeam/FS 3.0 configuration for Systems Engineering. In a next step, the link with the future management of modules and resources will be developed. The ultimate goal is to work from all locations possible with access to all the information in the PDM engineering database for both construction and maintenance projects. Besides the SmarTeam software also the advanced MS Office integration of TechniaTranscat (a straitPortal product) will be implemented throughout the company. The implementation project is entirely based on Scrum methodology. The first phase of the project is completed at the time of the publication of this newsletter. TechniaTranscat is pleased with the choice of VolkerRail. “This again proves the strength of TechniaTranscat and its products for companies in this sector,” said Jeroen van Geijlswijk, product manager at TechniaTranscat. Tjark de Vries, Director of Projects at Volker Rail, appoints the head start that VolkerRail wants to maintain and expand as one of the main arguments for choosing TechniaTranscat. Both parties have stated that a long-term relationship comes first, with possible joint development of new functionality for the railway sector as one of the results.

Newsletter TechniaTranscat: fall edition 2012

With summer already gone and winter ahead, the days are getting dark again.
Economically speaking, the sometimes dark times for some companies. The autumn edition of the newsletter TechniaTranscat contains stories from customers who hold a current strategy and right now consciously choose countercyclical investments. That delivers beautiful stories of such VolkerRail and Tempress Systems.

To give you an idea of professionalism within TechniaTranscat, we will tell you more about one of our business units. Also other customer stories and of course the latest news from TechniaTranscat.

You can download the newsletter by clicking on the following link:

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Data Quality at Vanderlande Industries

Vanderlande Industries has grown enormously in recent years, not only in terms of number of employees, but also geographically. Vanderlande is now represented from China to the United States.

With a vast amount of historical data, changing business processes and shifts in business models (more services), several years ago we started “Project ONE”.

The goal of this project was to provide a uniform way of working to enter in all parts of Vanderlande Industries. The worldwide rollout of a subproject, in which SmarTeam has become the leading information system for content management and document control.

Growth in Product Data Quantity

Throughout time, business information in different information systems transferred to SmarTeam. From various systems articles and documents are imported in ENOVIA SmarTeam. The information was not always accurate. Multiple copies of same documents and bills were in different systems. Before entry it was already clear that not all details are 100% correct. There were also differences in practice between departments, allowing revisions of items and bills clearly were not reflected in the PLM and ERP systems.

As more processes rely on the data in SmarTeam, there is a clear need to improve the quality of this data to monitor and improve. This new project is defined and started.

Project approach “Data Quality”: iterative

Improving the quality of data is a large project and consists of several parts. The automation part around SmarTeam covers about 170 days. At the start of the project only high specifications were known to realize functionalities. This served to further detailed design to be able to reach a base and then implement and test this.

A project team was formed with staff from both Vanderlande Industries as TechniaTranscat. Infostrait opted an iterative development process based on Scrum. To be able to meet the desired duration of 6 months maximum, the entire project is divided into so-called sprints. In total six sprints of four weeks, with Scrum differences from other methods by delivering operational software at the end of each sprint. Vanderlande Industries takes the role of “Product Owner” itself, and can, with each sprint – steer the direction and priorities. The role “Scrum Master” by TechniaTranscat,  monitored  the process completely. The multidisciplinary team that provides the actual content, by employees of both Vanderlande as TechniaTranscat staffed. During sprints is not only developed, but for example also developed specifications for subsequent sprints, and / or test scenarios and implemented. Through these activities within sprints explicitly address, in small manageable chunks, ensuring that schedules are met.

Sprint 1: Data Quality Framework

On January 4th 2012, the first sprint begun. January 25th was the first demonstration and delivery. In this first sprint are a) functional and technical specifications for realizing functionality delivered in sprint 2 is b) “Data Quality Framework” (with opportunities to perform advanced queries and qualitative repair operations for historical data) yielded, and his c) unit tests developed for regression bugs in the future. “I’m pleasantly surprised – I get parts of the software ready to use, within a few weeks.” Sjak  Janssen (Vanderlande Industries) said. Peter Uijt de Haag, Product Owner on behalf of Vanderlande, is very positive: “I am so excited, I want to use this way of working with other (internal) projects.”

Preview: Sprints 2 – 6

In the next sprints will be worked on a variety of other topics, including rapid prototypes for functional specifications to clarify and properly in order to interact with users. Further extensions of the data quality framework for advanced repairs (eg replacing of “Replaced by” components in BOM) and functionality to uniform names based on component ratings and technical parameters to compile. Each sprint (sprint 2 – 6) will lead to working software, which already has been adopted by every demonstration and delivery – entirely in the Scrum philosophy.