Building a sustainable manufacturing ecosystem

Manufacturing Industries are prioritizing sustainable experiences over fast products. This is impacting all sectors of manufacturing, sparking a race for everything from greener forms of mobility to more efficient ways to move goods. But it’s also requiring the development of and training on entirely new skills for both the existing workforce and recent university graduates.


Manufacturing companies were primarily focused on putting out the best products to market



Companies are expanding their concern to the health and well-being of people and the planet

Identifying and preventing discomfort on production lines

Employee health and safety is a priority for leading international cosmetic brand L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE. The company is deploying Dassault Systèmes virtual twins to enhance worker safety.

Preventing accidents and keeping workers safe are top priorities for Laboratoires M&L, L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE's production site in the south of France (Lagorce). They reached out to us for a project to simulate their workstations to prevent the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders among its staff. But our partnership quickly evolved into exploring how virtual twins can enhance their workers' over-all well-being and improve operational efficiencies.

This L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE's production site decided to create a virtual twin of its production lines through the 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud in order to evaluate work areas, especially ergonomic postures at workstations and on packaging lines. "We started from simple observations: the increase in illnesses and reported issues related to discomfort on production lines," said Maxime Plazolles, innovation engineering project manager for L'OCCITANE EN PROVENCE production sites. "We then screened a wide range of postures according to population percentiles. The virtual twin allowed us to evaluate situations that cannot be observed in everyday life."

The project went ever further, establishing a virtual twin of the full shop floor to run airflow and pathogenic propagation scenario simulations to enhance employees' health and well-being, as well as to maintain high productivity levels on the production line. The team also simulated production scenarios to determine which areas of the factory heated up and how this affected the comfort of the operators during hot days.

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Pivotal Skills For Sustainable Innovation in Manufacturing

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Closing the skills gap is one of today's biggest challenges facing manufacturing industries. Jobs are being transformed, and new jobs requiring new skills are emerging for both graduates and the existing workforce.

For over 40 years, we've been a catalyst for connecting and strengthening the efforts of industry and academia to collaboratively nurture continuous learning that helps deliver innovations that improve our quality of life. In 2022, 3DEXPERIENCE Edu evolved our approach by commissioning a social listening study to gain insights into how pivotal manufacturing skills are being discussed online.

We analyzed 30 disciplines from the skills set that's been identified to accelerate the manufacturing sector's digital transformation and, specifically, to seize opportunities to empower our ecosystem to reduce the skills gap and create more sustainable experiences.

The study revealed opportunities to increase conversations and awareness of such critical discipline for the future of industry such as design for sustainability, supply chain management, additive manufacturing, data science and model-based systems engineering.

"The companies who will be the most competitive in the future are not the ones that will automate the most of their processes and activities, but the ones that will empower their workforce with knowledge and know-how," said Valerie Ferret, Vice-President, 3DEXPERIENCE Edu.

Top 5 Areas of Opportunity for Accelerating the Manufacturing Sector’s Transformation

Manufacturing’s green evolution

A reshaping of the manufacturing industry’s products and processes is essential to helping the world meet sustainability goals. Virtual twin experiences play a critical role in this transformation.

New sustainable solutions in the skies

Achieving clean skies is a big part of meeting global sustainability goals, and accessible clean aviation is becoming closer thanks to our "Reinvent the Sky" industry solution experience and Blue Spirit Aero, a French startup leveraging hydrogen fuel cell technology. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform on cloud is helping to develop its light aircraft, Dragonfly, by improving collaboration so BSA's teams can focus on customer experience and creating a hydrogen economy. They've completed the detailed 3D design of Dragonfly's shapes, and tested and validated its performance in terms of aerodynamics, structure and energy. The goal is certification and entry into service in 2026.

Smart, digital shipyards

With a booming demand for liquefied natural gas carriers, Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries wants to improve its capacity to produce and deliver these vessels. This global leader in the high-tech shipbuilding sector has a vision of a "smart yard" to establish a fully digital shipyard. This would optimize operations' scheduling and execution, and streamline and automate the flow of information to accelerate production and assembly. Connecting the virtual twins of ships and the virtual twin of the shipyard on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform can allow Samsung Heavy Industries to design, build and maintain more sophisticated, safe and sustainable vessels.

Accelerating EV development

Mobility In Harmony (MIH) is creating an open Electric Vehicle ecosystem to transform mobility. With more than 2,600 members in 69 regions, MIH's ambition is to become a platform to connect the mobility players of tomorrow for a sustainable future. As a member of MIH's technical committee, Dassault Systèmes is actively contributing to build the collaboration backbone to accelerate the innovation needed to realize key technologies and reshape user experience for the next generation of electric vehicles, autonomous driving and mobility services.

Automated robotic security

Pennsylvania, US-based Asylon's uncrewed aerial system (UAS) and uncrewed ground vehicle (UGV), DroneSentry and DroneDog, carry out automated observe-and-report patrols that alert key stakeholders about potential security breaches and issues in real-time. These systems are cost-effectively protecting people and assets around-the-clock. As demand for their comprehensive security services grows, Asylon needed a platform to handle all product development and streamline compliance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. That's where the 3DEXPERIENCE platform came in, bringing Asylon's teams together in a single environment and empowering employees to push the boundaries of aerospace and automation. In addition to improving design, the cloud-based platform securely gives everyone all the information needed to quickly identify any issues prior to build, removing guesswork and speeding up deployment.

By using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to efficiently develop our aircraft from concept to certification, we show potential investors, partners, employees, suppliers, customers and regulators that viable hydrogen-based solutions can be developed with the same software suite that has made the most technologically advanced commercial aircraft possible.

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Olivier Savin
CEO and Founder, Blue Spirit Aero

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