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

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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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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: Rotork & Bluestar

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

PLM inside Dynamics AX

Global pipeline control systems manufacturer Rotork is anticipating a wealth of new efficiencies thanks to the integration of Bluestar PLM within its Dynamics AX ERP system

Established in 1957, global manufacturing company Rotork operates in a wide variety of markets including oil and gas, water and sewerage and marine operations. Over the last decade, the company has experienced remarkable growth and today has over 4,000 employees spread across the globe.

“Historically our employees were located across a few major sites, with the engineering and operations teams co-located at the factories that manufactured the products they were working on,” explains Phil Wood, Rotork Group’s chief information officer. “With this structure in place it was easy to implement manual controls over engineering data as colleagues sat together and there was a lot of face-to-face communication. However, in the last six years we’ve made 16 acquisitions and our engineering teams are now spread across many sites. We also have an Engineering Centre of Excellence in India. The company has grown and this has resulted in many disparate teams and an engineering authority that needs better tools to control the data being created and maintained around our products.”

Wood recognised that it was necessary to implement a product lifecycle management (PLM) system. “First we turned to one of the bigger PLM providers, but we quickly realised that the offering did not effectively match our needs. What’s more, the vendor was not interested in meeting our needs,” he explains.

With this in mind, the company decided to take a different avenue. “We’d been using Microsoft Dynamics AX for over five years, and had planned implementations in all Rotork factories. We realised that we had a unique opportunity to implement ERP and PLM together to integrate the way we manage all of our product data. We would not get this chance again, and so we looked for a PLM solution that worked inside Dynamics AX.”

Microsoft independent software vendor Bluestar PLM was the only company that could deliver this capacity. ”Its PLM solution seamlessly integrates product data (such as drawings, bill of materials [BOMs] and 3D files from CAD systems), with manufacturing data, right inside Dynamics AX,” Wood says.

So far Rotork has designed and built its engineering control system inside the Dynamics AX template for all factories, as Wood explains: “At present BlueStar is in a limited live deployment stage – we’ve released it to a small number of our engineering teams who are using it on our new products to define product data, to create new items and for CAD document storage. We intend to deploy Bluestar PLM to our factories and engineering authorities worldwide over the months to come.”

Wood expects the solution to dramatically increase efficiencies, especially around the creation and management of BOMs. “Historically, engineering created product BOMs in a way that reflected how the product was designed. In most cases this did not align with how the product would be made in the factory,” he explains. “Clearly the factory either had to redefine the BOM that would fit with the assembly process, or simply use a BOM that was ‘wrong’. This clearly created problems with BOM accuracy, BOM version management, configurator management and in turn materials requirement planning accuracy and stock accuracy.

“These are very real problems for operations, and cause friction between the engineering and operations teams,” Wood continues. “The Bluestar PLM solution will change all this. Everyone will be working from the same system and there will be far greater accuracy and control of data. This will be very powerful for us, and will really bring engineering and operations together – it will change the way we work in our factories, and increase efficiency in engineering change and product data control companywide.”

And this is just the beginning. “It is likely that Bluestar PLM will be as beneficial to application engineers who work on customer solutions as it will be for product engineers,” Wood concludes. “I expect we will significantly expand the rollout beyond the current factory scope.”

Source: The Record, Issue 4: Spring 2017, page 90-91. (http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue04/#90)

About rotork

For more information please visit: rotork.com or rotork on LinkedIn

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Case Study: “Mobile Technologies Inc. & Bluestar PLM”

 

The Winter 2016 issue of The Record features a case study on Mobile Technologies Inc. The full-length article is as follows:

Using Bluestar PLM’s solution running on Microsoft Dynamics AX, Mobile Technologies Inc has reduced time spent on engineering change order processes by 80%

 

With a vision to revolutionise human interactions using mobile solutions, Mobile Technologies Inc (MTI) – which has over 850 employees spread across four locations – has established itself as a pioneer in mobile device display technologies.

Operating in an industry like this requires a huge amount of flexibility as designs can go through multiple iterations during development. However, until recently, MTI’s engineering change order (ECO) process was largely manual. “Initiators were literally running around the office to collect all required signatures,” explains Anna Toloeva, system integration lead at the company. “We were rarely able to collect all required signatures in a timely manner and so ECOs often created significant delays.”

What’s more, the ECO log, which was a manually maintained spreadsheet, did not show all part numbers under revision. “This meant that two people could change the same part numbers under different ECOs without knowing it,” Toloeva says.

On top of this, MTI’s ECO process was time and cost intensive. “And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Toloeva explains. “Our systems didn’t integrate with our Dynamics AX software, we faced many documentation issues and our quoting process took days. Collaboration was weak – a big issue considering how geographically dispersed we are.”

“We’ve reduced time spent on ECO processes by 80%. We’ve reduced document control time on ECO tasks by 60%- 80%.”

With all this in mind, MTI looked to Bluestar PLM, a Microsoft partner focused on product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions integrated within Microsoft Dynamics AX. “The team at Bluestar PLM impressed us,” says Toloeva. “Having a solution running from AX meant that we wouldn’t have to learn a whole new system. It would also make future upgrades easier because everything is contained in one place.”

The implementation took five months from start to finish. “It included the install and configuration of Bluestar PLM inside AX, customising a lot of features to meet our needs and creating training documentation,” explains Toloeva. “We also did on-site training in our US and Hong Kong offices.

“The biggest challenge was the amount of code that we needed to generate and insert to customise the process to fit our needs. For example, there was specific AX data that needed to be updated upon ECO implementation.”

The results have been worth it. “We achieved our goals,” Toloeva says. “We’ve reduced time spent on ECO processes by 80%. We’ve reduced document control time on ECO tasks by 60%- 80%. We’ve achieved multi-site engineering collaboration and created one central place to store and manage our data. And we have true revision and lifecycle control.

“We are very happy. Communication and collaboration was very smooth and we’ve had great support during the implementation. We look forward to working with the team at Bluestar PLM long into the future.”

Source:

The Record, Issue 3: Winter 2016, page 97.
(http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue03/#96)

 

About Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI)

For over 38 years, MTI has been a global leader in mobile device display technologies, developing solutions that deliver the highest level of merchandising security for consumer electronics and mobile enterprise applications allowing products, sales and service to be the focus, while security operates efficiently in the background.  For more information please visit: mobiletechinc.com or MTI on LinkedIn

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