As a SolidWorks Gold Certified Partner, SigmaTEK attends (and exhibits) at SolidWorks World every year. Not only is it an excellent opportunity to find out more about what’s new with one of the biggest players in the 3D CAD space, but we love to learn from exceptional industry professionals about where technology is headed.
The full agenda for SolidWorks World is now live here and you can select the sessions that seem most beneficial to you.
Here are the sessions I plan to attend:
IoT Industry Trends
Session Description: This session explores industry trends and excitement surrounding IoT, including discussions on industrial equipment, home automation, connected infrastructure, and other industries directly impacted by connected devices.
I believe that IoT technology will continue to gain popularity in industrial manufacturing applications, and according to a recent article on Business Insider, companies are predicted to invest nearly $5 trillion on the internet of things in the next five years alone. Not only should manufacturers be aware of this significant shift in investment, but we can all incorporate more IoT compatible features as we plan our innovations for the future. IoT is also a big part of what the Smart Factory movement is all about (and we will be educating fabricators on that at this year’s SigmaTEK Academy).
Introduction to SOLIDWORKS Costing for Manufacturing Cost Estimation
Speaker: Craig Therrien, Product Manager, Dassault Systemes, SOLIDWORKS
Session Description: This session provides an overview of the capabilities for automatically performing cost estimates of your parts and assemblies. It covers the newest feature in SOLIDWORKS® for costing sheet metal parts online from a manufacturer’s perspective and an engineer/designer’s perspective. This session includes how to customize a Costing template, output a report and create and use Custom Operations like painting, deburring, etc.
Hoping to gain a little competitive intel here. SigmaTEK offers advanced costing, quoting and estimating functionality for fabricators, so I am curious to learn about what SolidWorks offers. Obviously, their solution is not solely focused on fabrication, but there may be some insights to be gleaned here.
The Digital Thread: Closing the Loop from Design to Manufacturing
Speakers: David Schlitt, Business Development, Origin International Inc. & Murray Desnoyer, C.E.O, Origin international Inc.
Session Description: This session looks at how the digital thread can be employed within SOLIDWORKS® starting from the design intent of the SOLIDWORKS model with embedded MBD through inspection and closing the loop back to the design intent to determine part compliance or determine corrective action, if required.
I guess all my chosen sessions are related to better operational insights for manufacturing, but that shouldn’t be surprising, considering how complicated and competitive the marketplace has gotten. If I want to help our customers succeed, I have to know best practices and shop floor visibility is certainly one of the most crucial things fabricators need to understand to compete profitably.
We currently offer several products to help customers monitor their costs and processes (SigmaFusion Shop Floor Dashboard, SimTrans MRP Integration, SigmaMRP, etc.), and understanding how other market players approach this topic can help us innovate and enhance what we are doing, so this should be a good session.
If you haven’t booked your schedule yet, you can do so here.
See you in LA!