See Every Piece: How Cloud Solutions Increase Visibility in Modular Production

By managing their modular production on the right cloud-based platform, manufacturers can gain end-to-end visibility to quickly reconfigure their operations and keep up with consumer preferences.

A modular production system — where distributed teams take over individual processes — has transformed modern manufacturing. It’s an approach that allows manufacturers to gain the efficiency of large-scale central facilities and the flexibility of smaller plants.

In the race to meet shifting consumer preferences, success belongs to the manufacturer that can quickly reconfigure their operations to capitalize on opportunities. This is possible with modular production — but it needs to be supported by end-to-end visibility.

The answer lies in the right cloud solution that combines cloud computing technology and a platform strategy to provide manufacturers with full visibility. Such a solution delivers the ability to link modular processes related to products, production and supply chain in a centralized ecosystem.

“Manufacturers have to be what I call ‘agile as a startup at scale,’ which requires the ability to see and control all modular pieces to keep up with evolving consumer needs. This is where a cloud-based platform can deliver value,” said Patrick Merlat, Vice President of Consumer Product Manufacturing Solutions at Dassault Systèmes.

Benefits of Cloud Solutions for Modular Production

The right cloud-based platform provides manufacturers with end-to-end visibility, allowing them to make better-informed decisions and drive significant modular production improvements.

"A cloud-based platform is a fantastic catalyst for manufacturers to gain agility. Its connectivity and availability ensure that manufacturers find the right answer anytime, anywhere,” said Patrick.

Manufacturers need a cloud-based platform that can unite all aspects of their modular production in a protected yet accessible environment that enables them to experience:

  • A single source of truth
    The platform ensures that global internal and external project contributors can share ideas and work together in real time based on the same updated information. As a result, issues can be rectified earlier and decisions made faster.
  • Secure information sharing
    By offering a safe and flexible collaborative environment, the platform helps break data silos and make information readily available. Simultaneously, manufacturers can control access to proprietary product information.
  • Supply chain transparency
    Increased visibility leads to increased supply chain transparency, empowering manufacturers to respond more effectively when problems occur. They can also build trust with socially-conscious consumers by being transparent about how they create and deliver products.

The Right Cloud-Based Platform for End-To-End Visibility

Choosing the right cloud-based platform is crucial for manufacturers to get the most out of their modular production. Apart from connecting complex modular processes in an integrated environment, the platform should further drive digitalization in manufacturing by incorporating powerful capabilities for even better visibility. There are two such capabilities for manufacturers to leverage.

The first is called model-based systems engineering (MBSE), an approach designed to simplify engineering complexities between many different components — such as mechanical, software and chemical — through a standard language.

The second capability that strengthens a modular production system’s effectiveness is virtual modeling and simulation. In this virtual world, manufacturers can use dynamic 3D models to explore different scenario outcomes before implementing decisions in the real world, ultimately ensuring that the real-world execution is right the first time.

With a cloud-based platform that offers these vital digital capabilities, manufacturers are equipped to make optimized decisions through end-to-end visibility of their modular production. This is the competitive edge that manufacturers need to increase agility and meet ever-changing consumer demands.

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