AXUG San Francisco Chapter Meeting ’19

AXUG-D365UG-Northern (California) Chapter Meeting

Event description

When:  Friday, March 1, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (PT)

 (UTC-8 = PT: Pacific Standard Time, North America)

Agenda:

  • 9:30-10:15 WELCOME!
    • Intro of members and today’s presenters.
    • Intro of AX/D365F&O resources.
    • Breakfast platters, coffee and water.
  • 10:15-11:30 SESSION 1:
    • Dan Fite, Director of Business Development at Bluestar PLM
      Product Configurators, ECO, CFG, CAD and more for AX/D365F&O
  • 11:30-11:45. Short break & breakfast platters, coffee and water.
  • 11:45-1:00 SESSION 2:
    • Mike Brenneman, Channel Sales Manager at Sana Commerce
      Optimal E-Commerce Solutions for AX/D365F&O
  • 1:00-1.30 Follows Ups & Round Table
    • Follow up questions to presenters
    • AX/D365F&O Problems, Frustrations and Solutions
    • Wrap up
Location
Microsoft Reactor
680 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Event Presenters

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

Register now for the AXUG-D365UG-Northern (California) Chapter Meeting and get valuable connections with other Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX users.

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

Register now for the AXUG Ohio (Columbus) Chapter Meeting and get valuable connections with other Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX users.

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
Register now for the AXUG Kentucky (Lexington) Chapter Meeting and get valuable connections with other Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX users.
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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

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.

 

Register now for the Chicago Chapter meeting and get valuable connections with other Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX users.
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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
 REGISTER here

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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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PDM Technology Group Appoints Director of Business Development

PDM Technology Group Appoints Director of Business Development

March 21, 2017, Atlanta, GA – PDM Technology North American (https://bluestarplm.com) announced today that Dan Fite has joined the company to further develop the North American market for the company’s Bluestar products. Dan Fite brings over 20 years of experience with ERP and the last 9 years with Edgewater Fullscope where he was successful as an Account Services Executive.

Dan joins PDM Technology North America as Director of Business Development, North America. Dan will be the product evangelist for Bluestar PLM the leading CAD/PDM/PLM product connecting companies engineering and manufacturing teams via the Microsoft Dynamics AX native solution.

I am very excited to now be a part of the PDM Technology team. The Bluestar PLM is a great fit for not only ETO and CTO companies but for any company that utilize CAD in their product development. Bluestar PLM is the missing link that companies have been looking for to bring the engineering data to the operation side of the business.” Dan comments.

Jorgen Larsen, CEO PDM Technology Group said “Dan’s background within the Microsoft Partner channel and industry knowledge has already proven to make him a key addition to the PDM Technology Group. We are making a commitment to the North American Market and we were fortunate to fulfil this role with someone of Dan’s calibre. I am confident that Dan will play a key role in the territory expansion for our products.

About PDM Technology and Bluestar PLM

PDM Technology is an independent software vendor and Microsoft partner founded in 1988. They specialize in the development, sales and implementation of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions that are fully embedded in the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system.

PDM Technology offers the technology leading PLM solution, Bluestar PLM, built on top of the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform. From within an ERP environment, Bluestar PLM seamlessly integrates product data, such as drawings, BOMs, and 3D files from CAD systems, with manufacturing data in Dynamics AX.

Contact Information:

Contact Bente Andersen, (404) 614-1754, marketing@pdmtechnologygroup.com

Get directly in contact with Dan Fite, (615) 469-0306, df@bluestarplm.com