We live in an age when people are aware of the impact of industrial growth on the future of our planet. As a step forward, businesses across the world are hoping to leverage sustainable manufacturing to succeed in the long run. The US Department of Commerce defines sustainable manufacturing as the creation of manufactured products that use processes that minimize negative environmental impacts, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities, and consumers and are economically sound. The key to achieving this lies in taking new product development to a whole new level with sustainability measures in place. This requires a platform that facilitates collaboration among distributed locations of product design, planning, manufacturing and installation teams.
Product design for sustainability
With the need for sustainability across the world, it is imperative to identify and address existing drawbacks in new product development processes. This is the first step in developing next generation of manufacturing engineering processes that meet and exceed the sustainability standards of the future. There are multiple aspects of product design that contribute to the goal of achieving sustainable manufacturing. These include manufacturability, recyclability, resource utilization, impacts of product design on the environment and our society. One such innovation is the new product development, formulations, materials and processes in silico using computer simulations to pre-screen chemical/material candidates to reduce costly and time consuming testing. This can be accomplished with a platform that enables integrated manufacturing systems for sustainable product design, supply chain operations and quality systems for manufacturing.
Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE platform drives product design and process innovation by harnessing the collective intelligence of all stakeholders across the value chain. DELMIA’s Sustainable Manufacturing solution provides complete process coverage including product design, manufacturing simulation and the manufacturing planning suitable for global production needs. For instance, it enables manufacturers to meet the existing demand and to create high quality product design faster than ever before. This is delivered by focusing on streamlining the new product development process from initial product design to physical manufacturing. A systematic approach is a necessary for new product development, which simplifies comprehensive design creation in 3D design software that results in accelerated design optimisation. Process planners can now retain, regulate and re-use proven production practices. Further, robot programmers and control engineers reduce expenses by reusing available production assets for new model creations. The result is complete process traceability of product development to handle the impact of engineering modifications, cutting down costs and minimizing project delays.
Accelerating the Pace of Innovation
Product innovation is many way linked to sustainable manufacturing. Design f
or sustainable manufacturing approach lets designers plan in a virtual environment, validate manufacturing processes even before production commences, identify and resolve issues proactively. This method allows smarter product development to streamline digital manufacturing with planning, scheduling, sequencing, and programming resources. It can be defined to minimize cycle time, increase throughput of the production facility, and optimize use of resources. This enables the future of sustainable manufacturing by optimizing production process and allowing companies to build their products right the first time.