AXUG Ohio Chapter Meeting ’18

AXUG Ohio (Columbus) Chapter Meeting

When:  Friday, November 16, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (ET)
(UTC-5 = ET: Eastern Standard Time, North America)

Agenda Setup for the Presentations at this meeting:

10:00 AM: Welcome, Introductions & Chapter Business

10:30 AM: Implementation Updates & Summit Showcase

  • How is your D365 F&O implementation progressing?
    • Tad Dockstader – Kurt J. Lesker Co.
    • Bob Smyk – InterDesign
    • Anyone else want to share?
  • What did you learn at Summit?  Share with the group!

11:30 AM: Catered Lunch & Networking

12:45 PM: How you can get collaboration between Engineering & Operations

1:45 PM: Roundtable Discussion

  • Topic(s) TBD – What’s on your mind?

2:30 PM: Wrap-up

  • 2019 Schedule

#UnifiedOperations

Location

Ohio University – Dublin Integrated Education Center
6805 Bobcat Way
Room 214
Dublin, OH 43016

Event Presenters

Title & Company: Director of Business Development,
Bio: Presentation Title: How you can get collaboration between Engineering & Operations

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AXUG Kentucky Chapter Meeting ’18

AXUG Kentucky (Lexington) Chapter Meeting

Friday, September 14, 2018, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM  (ET)
(UTC-5 = EDT: Eastern Daylight Time)

Agenda Setup for the Presentations at this meeting:
  • Welcome & Introduction
  • AXUG News & Chapter Business
  • Educational Topics:
    • Understanding Engineering Tools & How They Can Be Brought Into AX
      by Dan Fite, PDM Technology North America
    • Hot  Issues in Sales & Use Tax for D365/AX Users
    • by Diana DeBello, Wolters Kluwer
  • Networking & Lunch
  • Member Showcase & Facility Tour
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D365/AXUG Summit 2018 – Phoenix

D365UG/AXUG Summit 2018, Phoenix, AZ, USA

Bluestar PLM will show the exciting new features at D365UG/AXUG Summit 2018 in Phoenix, AZ from October 15th-18th at:

Booth #1423

  • Get a live demo performed by our experts
  • Try the functionalities of PLM inside Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations
  • Get an introduction to our news since year 2017

Show Hours

Monday, October 15,   5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, October 16,   12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
& 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Wednesday, October 17, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Thursday, October 18, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

 

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Case Study – Hvidtved Larsen

The RECycler® 315 model is a Hvidtved Larsen product being sold in the North American market. Photo: Asger Stage / Hvidtved Larsen

Ready for Industry 4.0

Hvidtved Larsen is one of many Danish industrial companies in the midst of digital conversion; with the implementation of Bluestar PLM, the company’s IT systems for CRM, ERP, PLM and CAD now are connected in one system.

In recent years, Hvidtved Larsen has evolved from being a traditional craft company to a global industry, producing and supporting a number of distinct products. Their vision is to be the world’s most innovative maker of sewer cleaning and sanitation equipment, and it’s a vision that demands technology and IT systems that support production processes. To achieve their vision, it is crucial that drawings and data flow freely between technical departments, where designs are planned, and production areas, where the plans are implemented. Bluestar PLM creates this link between the CAD system (where the design exists) and the ERP system (the company’s administration system). The software is integrated into Microsoft Dynamics AX and collects product data such as drawings, BOMs and 3D files from CAD systems, as well as manufacturing data from Dynamics AX.

Jesper Hejselbæk is Technical Director at Hvidtved Larsen. He recalled the challenges when all drawings from the CAD systems were created separately in the warehouse and finance system.

“Bluestar PLM is an important part of our growth and error reduction. It is crucial that we effectively manage our documentation so that we can grow and deliver quality on time, which is a major strategies in all markets.”

Jesper Hejselbæk, Technical Director at Hvidtved Larsen

“It was both time consuming and there was a risk of errors because you did not necessarily get all the details when transferring from one system to another,” said Hejselbæk, noting that this resulted not only in production errors, but also increased waiting times and time-consuming manual processes in handling product data from one system to another.

“Bluestar PLM is an important part of our growth and error reduction. It is crucial that we effectively manage our documentation so that we can grow and deliver quality on time, which is a major strategies in all markets,” said Hejselbæk.

 

Data provides competitive power

Jørgen Schiønning Larsen is CEO of PDM Technology, specializing in ERP-based PLM with the solution ‘Bluestar PLM,’ and was responsible for system implementation at Hvidtved Larsen. According to him, the experience at Hvidtved Larsen is an example of how businesses in the Western world are required to digitize and run smarter in order to compete in a global market. This happens by combining data from a manufacturer’s various systems, machines and robots – a phenomenon called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ or Industry 4.0.

“With Industry 4.0, our ability to generate and manage data becomes our new competitive power. Everyone can make ordinary production today, so the competitive power for us in the Western world stems from our ability to process and produce data,” said Larsen.

”Everyone can make ordinary production today, so the competitive power for us in the Western world stems from our ability to process and produce data”

Jørgen Larsen, CEO at PDM technology

At Hvidtved Larsen, the flow of data starts when a customer starts an order for a sewage vacuum truck. Each customer is different – some customers buy a standard design, while others prefer to make minor adjustments for vehicle color, size of pumps and length of hoses. Other customers want to define each detail of the vacuum truck, so they have optimized the product to fit their unique needs. Consequently, a variety of different data is collected during the order process that affects how the product is manufactured.

“It’s important that you work on a common platform, with one data model and have one way to work throughout the organization, and therefore have coherent data in a single system,” said PDM Technology’s Larsen. “Hvidtved Larsen’s migration to Industry 4.0 started with implementation of Bluestar PLM, which connects the sales system, engineers and production with one another in one single solution – an essential part of Industry 4.0. It is likely that their next step will be to get sensors in the vehicles, so Hvidtved Larsen can monitor them and, from there, make effective plans for vehicle maintenance and repairs. It’s all about giving Hvidtved Larsen competitive power.”

 

Easy access to data

Jesper B. Thomsen is a Project Manager with PDM Technology. According to him, one of the key advantages with Bluestar PLM is that it is embedded within the ERP system, which means that all data is available in one system. “You have drawings and information available exactly when needed. When you are in production, you have access to the current 3D model, drawing, bill of materials and production data. With Bluestar PLM, companies use this availability of information avoid costly mistakes,” Thomsen said.

 

Source: Sponsored case study published in Jyllands Posten, Danish newspaper, March 16th, 2018.

Original in Danish

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D365UG/AXUG Chicago Chapter Meeting ’18

Chicago Dynamics Chapter User Group Meeting Quarter 1

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM  (CDT)
(UTC-5 = CDT: Central Daylight Time)

Agenda Setup for the Presentations at this meeting:
  1. Data and Analytics for D365
  2. Collaboration using D365 For Operations & Engineering
  3. Microsoft D365 Overview of different Configurations

 

Dan Fite, Director of Development from Bluestar PLM by PDM technology, will present the second topic “Collaboration using D365 For Operations & Engineering“. Learn what difference an ERP-based PLM solution made to different clients.

 

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How to Improve Collaboration between Engineering and Operation for Dynamics

Register now for the Chicago Chapter Meeting and widen your network of other Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX users with related issues or future plans.

If you are experiencing issues between engineering and operations due to unconnected technical systems – you should join the presentation by Dan Fite, Director of Development from PDM technology: “Collaboration using D365 For Operations & Engineering“. In other words – learn how to improve collaboration between Engineering and Operation by using Dynamics 365 for Operations & Engineering.

  • Learn about common issues due to the detached digital systems used by Operations & Engineering
  • Learn how clients experienced improvements after implementing ERP-based PLM.
  • Learn more about how a Dynamics 365-based PLM solution supports:
    • Product Data Management
    • Engineering Change Management
    • CAD Integration
    • Documentation Package Preparation
    • Workflow Management

Chicago Dynamics Chapter User Group Meeting Quarter 1

Thursday, March 15, 2018, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM CDT

Agenda Setup for the Presentations at this meeting:
  1. Data and Analytics for D365
  2. Collaboration using D365 For Operations & Engineering
  3. Microsoft D365 Overview of different Configurations
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Bluestar PLM – 20 Most Promising Microsoft Solution Providers – 2017 by CIOReview

Bluestar PLM

PLM and ERP: Enriched and Redefined

In the year 2000, a team of determined engineers embarked on a mission to revolutionize the collaboration between engineering and manufacturing. Using their expertise in ERP, CAD and engineering product data management, they sought to add the missing link between engineering and manufacturing by integrating product design, engineering, and ERP that at that time were siloed into one common solution. While industry experts were and still are skeptical about this endeavor, the team remained resolute and found a force in Microsoft Dynamics platform, which they leveraged to develop Bluestar PLM—a comprehensive product life cycle management (PLM) solution. The ground-breaking venture marked the inception of PDM technology—an independent software enterprise and a technology partner of Microsoft founded in the beginning of the 00’s—which effected a paradigm shift in the manufacturing ERP domain.

Bluestar PLM is seamlessly embedded in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations and the Dynamics AX and offers end-to-end integration of 3D CAD, ERP, and PLM systems, which is unique. “Bluestar PLM represents a missing link that enables companies to seamlessly share ERP, PLM, and CAD data to all parties involved in product data, within a single system” says Jorgen Larsen, CEO, PDM technology–the company behind Bluestar PLM. Integrating product configuration tools with Bluestar PLM, the system generates 3D models based on defined configuration rules—besides providing visibility into the inventory levels or quality of component parts produced from a CAD workstation, without having to check the ERP modules. Bluestar PLM’s ability to reduce the number of systems to be supported has garnered immense appreciation from clients’ IT infrastructure support and management teams.

“Bluestar PLM represents a missing link that enables companies to seamlessly share ERP, PLM, and CAD data within a single system that can be used multiple times.” 

The all-inclusive Bluestar PLM inside Dynamics 365 can be deployed faster than a multitude of separate solutions. Dan Fite, Business Development Director for North America, mentions that the company’s modus operandi is to understand clients’ ERP requirements and measure the performance that PLM can deliver. Clients’ ecosystems are “embedded” into the Microsoft Dynamics 365 environment, following which Bluestar PLM is integrated into the ERP system. “Our consultants work with clients to bring the data such as CAD drawing models into the Bluestar PLM system and secure it in a client’s environment,” states Fite. “With a single environment users of Bluestar are seeing great improvements. Rayloc’s Supply Chain Director has seen a 15 percent increase in efficiency and a reduction in BOM errors from 60 percent to below 10 percent.” The company extends the integration package to some of the earliest versions of Microsoft Dynamics to ensure that clients using older versions do not miss out on the benefits. A significant outcome of deploying Bluestar PLM is a drastic drop in the number of product detail errors as well as the hastening of engineering change order (ECO) process.

The impact of Bluestar PLM on ECO process proved to be a game-changer for Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI)—a pioneer in mobile display technologies. Prior to deploying Bluestar PLM, MTI had to deal with numerous design iterations and the company’s ECO logs were performed manually in a spreadsheet, which was both time-consuming and cost-intensive. The manual operations resulted in erroneous entries and therefore seldom reflected all the part numbers under revision, which impacted the documentation process. To counter the problem, MTI engaged with PDM technology to unleash the power of Bluestar PLM. Along with features to optimize the workflow, Bluestar PLM enabled multi-site engineering collaboration by creating a central repository to store and manage engineering data. The loss of product information reduced significantly, improving the ECO time by nearly 80 percent, which impressed Microsoft as well.

Moving forward, PDM technology is expanding its support capabilities across Nashville, Atlanta, and Pilsen in the Czech Republic. Larsen mentions that the company is also working to automate the product design process using artificial intelligence and machine learning. “We will add new functions and features to our product with a focus on providing value to our customers’ business,” mentions Larsen.

Source:
CIOReview, Microsoft Special, December 07, 2017, page 16.

Magazine: https://magazine.cioreview.com/magazines/December2017/Microsoft/#page=16

Website: https://microsoft.cioreview.com/vendor/2017/bluestar_plm

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Case Study: Rayloc

The Autumn 2017 issue of The Record features a case study on Rayloc. The full-length article is as follows:

Making data available to everyone

By implementing technology from Bluestar PLM, engineering company Rayloc has made sure that the right data is now available to everyone in the company at the right time. This has led to fewer errors, improved efficiency and a faster time to market
Established in a small engineering workshop in Atlanta in the 1930s, Rayloc has grown to become one of the most widely known engineering, cataloguing, sourcing and distribution companies in the world.

Today it provides high quality, application-specific products such as brake pads, brake drums and bearings to the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) and its customers, using its wealth of expertise in global sourcing, engineering and distribution. This is supported by over 500 employees operating across Rayloc’s four distribution centres, multiple cross dock locations and its 750-piece private trucking fleet.

“Our remanufacturing roots created a technical core competency that enables us to engineer and source high-quality parts and programmes,” explains the company’s supply chain director Joe Stich.

“With an ISO-certified quality system and a culture for continuous improvement, we deliver real competitive advantage to NAPA in each of our product lines.”

But until recently, this competitive advantage was being marred by Rayloc’s disparate technology systems which were preventing it from meeting new expectations in terms of efficiency and visibility of data.
“Most of the challenges we faced as a company boiled down to us having multiple systems to manage different parts of the business,” Stich says. “Product design, engineering, quality documentation, procurement, production and finance were all separate and it was proving difficult to keep them in sync.”

With this in mind, the company turned to Bluestar PLM for help. “Bluestar PLM stood out with its seamless integration as an embedded module into Microsoft Dynamics AX,” Stich says. “Additionally, the integration into our 3D modelling software (Solidworks) and other Microsoft products such as the Office suite combined to make a very versatile tool.”

Following the implementation of the Bluestar PLM solution, Rayloc is benefiting from a raft of business benefits. “We have better data integrity, new visual aids for our production and quality departments, improved document retention which will help Rayloc through its ISO re-certification in 2017, improved revision history and future revision announcements that assist in product running changes,” Stich explains.

In fact, companywide data accessibility has improved significantly. “In the past, product data was shared manually using multiple different solutions,” Stich says. “Rayloc employees have quickly favoured Bluestar PLM because it acts as a one stop shop. All data – from development through to sales and marketing, customer service and quality assurance – can be found quickly and easily.”

And this is just the start. “Errors resulting from our bill of materials have reduced from 60% to below 10%,” Stich says. “The gap is closing every audit.”

“Errors resulting from our bill of materials have reduced from 60% to below 10%,” Stich says. “The gap is closing every audit.”

What’s more, production line efficiency has increased by 15%. “This is because equipment setup and other product attributes were not readily available before. Now it is easier to create different products.”
As a result, the company expects to shave months off its time to market. “Although we are still in the process of measuring the entire time to market, through the first 75% of our process we are seeing tasks completed 20% sooner, while also having the accountability of who is working on each task and gathering key information from other departments all within a single Bluestar workflow,” Stich says.

Rayloc also expects to experience cost savings by the end of the year when it is able to shut down two separate servers that will greatly reduce its IT maintenance. The company’s plans for the future don’t end here. “We want to get the quality management system module up and running and to allow our global team access to our information,” Stich says.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without Bluestar PLM.”

“Additionally, we would like to get our laboratory testing data into Bluestar PLM in such a way that we can ensure all test protocols have been completed and then to report on the best in class designs. Similarly for laboratory testing data, we are currently inputting our Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) documentation to make sure we have all the necessary info before placing orders.”

“Overall, now that we have access to great detailed information, we have identified many opportunities for improvement. This is guiding some of our key initiatives for the year ahead. We couldn’t have done any of this without Bluestar PLM.

 

About Rayloc:
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Source:
The record, Issue : Autumn 2017, page 100-101.
(http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue06/#100)

 

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Speaker at the D365UG/AXUG Summit 2017, Nashville

How to Bring Your Engineers Onboard and Manage Product Changes with Dynamics AX 2009 and Beyond

Wednesday, October 11
9:15 AM – 10:15 AM
Room: Presidential Ballroom A


Format: 
Presentation
Level: Beginner
CPE: 1
Version: AX 2009; AX 2012; AX 2012 R2; AX 2012 R3; D365 for Finance and Operations
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AXUG Presenter(s)

  • Dan Fite

    Director of Business Development North America
    Bluestar PLM by PDM Technology

In this session, we will discuss how to bring an engineering department into our ERP system and give access to all of the engineering details to the complete organization. As well, we will show how to request a change to a product and then were able to track the information from Engineering and getting the information to the production floor. Lastly, we will show how to use Product Data Management and Product Life Cycle Management to ensure that you have the correct version/revision of data from Engineering to the complete organization.

Learning Objectives:

  • Have a new view on the Engineering Department involvement in ERP
  • Understand how CAD can be linked to ERP and PLM

 

Bluestar PLM is an Exhibitor at this years D350UG/AXUG Summit in Nashville, TN. Come and visit us at booth #350.

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Single product: CAD/ERP LINK for SOLIDWORKS

TODAY’S CHALLENGE

When CAD and ERP users work independently in detached systems, they are forced to perform the time-consuming task of manually re-keying product data, ultimately resulting in costly errors and redundant product data. As a result, inaccurate data is likely to be used within the system, leading to costly errors and collaboration complications. Even if data inconsistencies between CAD and ERP are discovered in time, users will still need to allocate some of their valuable time to double-checking data and fixing such errors.

PDM technology is excited to introduce our latest product development: CAD/ERP LINK – a distinct product that enables CAD and ERP users to join forces by working together in a unified solution.

The functionalities of CAD/ERP LINK have been an important part of the core product, BLUESTAR PLM, for over a decade. We saw the need for a light-weight solution which is easy to implement and that eases the implementation and installation of BLUESTAR PLM later on, in line with company growth. CAD/ERP LINK is ready-to-go after a quick and easy installation, and features short and to-the point training sessions.

SOLIDWORKS CAD/ERP LINK is an easy-to-use data integration system available for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations & Dynamics AX (ERP) and the SOLIDWORKS CAD system.

SOLIDWORKS is a leading 3D CAD system with more than two million engineers and designers.

MICROSOFT DYNAMICS 365 FOR FINANCE AND OPERATIONS is a Microsoft enterprise resource planning (ERP) system for medium to large organisations. The software, part of the Dynamics 365 product line. (D365fO)

By providing a real-time link between users’ SOLIDWORKS and Microsoft Dynamics systems, CAD/ERP LINK virtually eliminates manual data entry. This mitigates errors and discrepancies in your data, thereby saving you time, reducing costs, and increasing productivity.

CAD/ERP LINK enables SOLIDWORKS users to seamlessly share their design documents and data with downstream ERP users who need it for purchasing, manufacturing, and other related activities. In return, SOLIDWORKS users are granted access to valuable transaction data from ERP, such as prices, on-hand quantities, and lead times. Through this access, logistical considerations, such as price, quality and operational experience, are easily incorporated into product designs.

This bi-directional exchange of information rids the organization of redundant data entry and fragmented data, while simultaneously strengthening data integrity. Integrating the design department with the rest of the organization improves collaboration, increases productivity, and accelerates the design to manufacturing process.

What makes CAD/ERP LINK Unique?

  • One solution for the everyone (D365fO) Engineering & Operations
  • Easy access to data for Engineering & Operations
  • Developed for Dynamics 365 for Operations & AX based platform
  • Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD native interface
  • Seamless and bidirectional transfer of CAD & ERP data

Take a look at the Product sheet here.

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