How are enterprises leveraging service providers/ technology providers for Industry 4.0? (Deals/Contracts/ Partnerships)
Sandvik and IBM Usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the Mining Industry with IBM Watson. Barminco, Hindustan Zinc, Petra Diamonds and Vedanta Zinc International tap into the Sandvik and IBM relationship to improve operations and safety in underground hard-rock mining. OptiMine® Analytics with IBM Watson IoT for predictive maintenance and optimization, analyzes, learns and communicates with equipment operating thousands of feet underground
Electrolux implements digital manufacturing worldwide. With Tecnomatix and Teamcenter, Electrolux creates a uniform, digital manufacturing process.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engine & Turbocharger, Ltd. (MHIET) has deployed the PTC Windchill product lifecycle management (PLM) solution across its global operations.
Schréder, a leading independent outdoor lighting manufacturer, is moving its PTC Windchill® product lifecycle management (PLM) solution from on-premises to the PTC Cloud.
Dassault Systèmes is enabling Royal Enfield a unit of Eicher Motors Limited to drive innovation and efficiency across the design and product development lifecycle for all existing motorcycle models and in their recently expanded product portfolio to manufacture genuine motorcycle accessories.
Dassault Systèmes announced that Naval Energies, a leader in marine renewables, is using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop new offshore floating wind turbines and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) turnkey solutions, and drive its leadership in marine renewable energies.
Dassault Systèmes announced that Eurostar, a leading international high-speed rail service operating through the Channel Tunnel, has chosen DELMIA Quintiq applications powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to optimize its resource and maintenance planning.
Dassault Systèmes and BHP have engaged in a long-term strategic partnership to leverage the application of digital technologies to mining. The ambition is to improve operations by leveraging 3DExperience platform and applying technologies proven in other industries to the core mining fundamentals of geoscience and resource engineering.
CLAAS selects 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Already using solutions from Dassault Systèmes, CLAAS migrated all solutions and data to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform as part of its digital transformation strategy.
U.S. Air Force Awards Siemens Government Technologies Contract for Teamcenter. This is a $24,586,803 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the reactivation and maintenance of Teamcenter software.
General Aeronautics has deployed 3DEXPERIENCE on the Cloud. General Aeronautics specializes in UAV or drone manufacturing, leveraging the 3DEXPERIENCE platform for a wide range of civilian, humanitarian, and military projects.
LTTS won a deal with an American automation major to re-engineer designs of two of its control peripherals along with certifications. LTTS will also be responsible for contemporizing the design to current standards to increase their efficiency.
AVEVA and Cognizant expand R&D partnership to build next-gen industrial software.
Altran selected by Sanofi as a strategic partner for digital manufacturing transformation.
Lufthansa Technik Group Embarks on Digital Transformation Journey with PTC Windchill and ThingWorx
Schindler Group and Telefonica ink big IoT deal. Telefónica will be the IoT and network connectivity partner for Schindler’s digital offering for smart elevators and escalators, Schindler Ahead, a cloud platform
Dassault Systèmes announced that the in-house LCI (Cooperative Innovation Laboratory) of Groupe Renault used the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to transform its innovation processes to the cloud and introduce Renault EZ-FLEX, an electric experimental vehicle aimed to understand the last-mile delivery of goods in future smart cities.
PTC announced that Groupe Beneteau is using PTC’s Windchill PLM platform to create a digital thread for the development of its customized sailing yachts, powerboats, and luxury leisure homes.
European Space Agency awards contract to Siemens and Sonaca for development of design for additive manufacturing applications
Hexagon is acquiring AMendate, a German-based start-up providing simulation software solutions that support the generation and optimisation of designs for additive manufacturing. AMendate will join Hexagon’s MSC Software business, a global leader in computer-aided engineering (CAE) simulation software and services.
How are enterprises organizing their Industry 4.0 activities? (GICs/ R&D Best Practices/Solutions)
Honeywell Announces Fully Automated Robotic Unloader for DistributionCenters.
Microsoft teams up with BMW for the IoT-focused Open Manufacturing Platform.
GE Healthcare and Rockwell Automation Collaborate to Drive the Next Generation of Bioprocessing Automation. Collaboration will help drug manufacturers improve efficiencies, get to market faster and deliver personalized medicines with innovative solutions.
Foxconn intends to invest in the Phiippines and to set up an R&D Center in the country in South East Asia along with another in Singapore as the global conglomerate’s R&D hubs in Southeast Asia.
Schnieder Electric launches Smart Factory in US. Before advising others on Industry 4.0, vendors need to implement it in their own backyard. That’s what Schnieder is doing.
Altair plans to expand its R&D center in India and hire 100 data scientists. Altair is actively focusing on simulation in Indian auto sector which it hopes will grow 3X in next three years
How are Industry 4.0 service providers building their solutions and capabilities?
TECHNIA strengthens its position of a leading pure-play PLM service provider with acquisition of KPASS with footprints in France and Japan. Following the transaction, TECHNIA will generate annual net sales of approximately €110 million and have 680 employees in: Austria, Benelux, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Japan, Norway, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, UK and the USA.
Wipro engineering arm buys Incite Cam’s automation business. WIN Automation would be able to address turnkey physical automation projects as well as digital factory initiatives and complete Industry 4.0 solutions
L&T launches ‘Nxt’ generation tech, services for Industrial clients. ‘L&T-Nxt’ will focus on the areas of AI, IoT, virtual reality, augmented reality, geospatial solutions and cyber security to offer automation solutions to industrial clients by leveraging its diverse customer base and domain knowledge expertise.
Merger of SAP PLM Solution Providers – Cideon America and LeverX joining their activities
Dassault Systèmes and Cognata Announce Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Launch of Safer Autonomous Vehicles
Siemens announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) end-of-line quality testing business of Saab Medav Technologies GmbH, a global provider of state of the art signal processing, communications intelligence and analysis for air, land and naval applications, as well as NVH solutions for industrial quality testing.
PTC buys one of its SI partner Factora to boost its field service and Industry 4.0 implementation expertise.
Accenture acquires Zielpuls, a technology consultancy headquartered in Germany. The acquisition will bolster the capabilities of Accenture Industry X.0 in the design of smart products and services for automotive companies and will be expanded to support clients in the medical technology, industrial equipment and high-tech industries. The fifth Industry X.0 acquisition by Accenture in last 10 months.
Accenture Expands Industry X.0 Footprint with New Innovation Centre in Bilbao, Spain
Microsoft bets on a real-time operating system for IoT devices with Express Logic acquisition. Will it increase ThreadXRTOS usage or will it go Windows Mobile way?
Aptean, a global provider of mission-critical enterprise software solutions, has acquired OPTIWARE, a leading provider of Overall Equipment effectiveness (OEE) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) solutions. The acquisition of OPTIWARE extends Aptean’s capabilities in European marketplaces
Schneider Electric, Vericlave partner on cybersecurity. Schneider Electric will provide Vericlave’s advanced encryption technology to further secure and protect its customers’ critical IT and OT systems from the risk of cyberattack.
Cyient signed a partnership agreement with OneStrand Inc. to offer interactive technical publication solutions. Cyient’s clients will be able to leverage the new services across the product lifecycle and better manage engineering technical data from initial creation to archiving.
Partnership between L&T Technology Services and Kudelski Group for industrial, automotive security.
Tata Communications is looking to improve its MOVE IoT Connect offering by enhancing its customer management capabilities. To this end, the firm is looking to leverage Infonova – a cloud-based digital platform developed by global technology consulting firm BearingPoint.
Magic Software launches FactoryEye for Industry 4.0 applications. A high-performance, low-code, flexible and hybrid platform by collecting and analyzing big data. It offers dozens of prebuilt connectors to a range of enterprise applications and MRP systems, such as SAP, JD Edwards, and Infor, as well as MES, CRM, and PLM systems.
Altran is collaborating with Siemens to develop innovative connected solutions using MindSphere, the cloud-based, open IoT operating system from Siemens.
AWS announced the general availability of several new services focused on IoT. AWS IoT Things Graph is described as a fully managed service that helps people build IoT applications without doing any coding. The service works allows customers to connect various devices and cloud services via a simple interface
Stone Technologies selects Sierra Wireless IoT Solutions to expand business into Industrial Monitoring Market
Wipro to acquire ITI for $45 million to augment its capabilities in Industry 4.0 and PLM. The acquisition complements Wipro’s core strengths in Industry 4.0 and will allow Wipro to offer end-to-end solutions in Digital Engineering and Manufacturing.
Cisco to buy IoT security management firm Sentryo
QuEST Global acquired Dakota Moon, a Nevada based engineering and supply chain services provider to the aerospace industry.
Quest Global acquired Dakota Moon, a Nevada based engineering and supply chain services provider to the aerospace industry
Accenture acquires Deja vu Security that specializes in security design and testing of enterprise software platforms and internet of things (IoT) technologies
Cognizant doubles down on Industry 4 0 services in life sciences manufacturing with the acquisition of Zenith Technologies. Cognizant gains 800 employees across US, Ireland, Germany, Singapore and India.
TCS has partnered with SAP to launch an Intelligent Field Inventory Management (iFIM) solution, powered by SAP® Leonardo, which leverages IoT and blockchain to help medical device manufacturers streamline surgical kit handling.
Dassault Systèmes acquires Medidata Solutions for $5.8 billion and strengthens its position in life sciences and clinical trials. So integration of life sciences R&D with larger ER&D is finally happening.
Aras and Modelon announce strategic collaboration for Integrated System Modeling to support Enterprise MBSE in the Digital Thread.
Altran collaborates with Siemens to develop Innovative Connected Engineering Solutions on MindSphere
Expleo, is partnering with Picomto to support manufacturers with a single dedicated solution for digitalising all their technical documentation, from work instructions to operating methods and maintenance procedures. This dedicated solution is set to enhance the productivity of operators and order pickers by creating, managing, sharing, exploiting and analysing technical information visually within a connected environment. The Digital Instructions solution is based on the Picomto software developed by Allianzes, with bespoke integration by Expleo. It enables rapid preparation and publication of digital instruction sheets illustrated with visual content (photos, videos, 3D models, etc.), as well as recording instruction viewing and implementation data (current and future cycles, work progress, scheduled/actual lead time, scrap rates, etc.).
Capgemini acquires Altran and emerged as a full stack EIIR provider.
Accenture has opened a new Innovation Hub in Shenzhen, its first in China. The new Accenture Innovation Hub specializes in advanced applied research and development (R&D) activities in artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and Industry X.0.
Siemens to acquire its distributor ESTEQ to accelerate digitalization for customers in Southern Africa
Aspen Technology and Hexagon, announced a new level of collaboration that will more closely align AspenTech’s conceptual, basic engineering and cost estimation solutions with the detailed engineering suite from Hexagon PPM, to enable a fully data-centric workflow across the asset lifecycle.
Industry 4.0 news
Critical Rockwell Automation Bug in Drive Component Puts IIoT Plants at Risk.
CNH Industrial announced the release of its first 3D printed spare parts. These four parts for buses and agricultural equipment. The parts, each 3D printed from an industrial polymer, can be printed in just 24 to 36 hours, perfect for fulfilling urgent orders.
Over 65% of manufacturers run outdated operating systems (a good percentage still runs Windows XP) and we are talking about their quick transformation to Industry 4.0.
Automotive OEM TVS Motor Company picks 14% stake in IIoT platform firm Altizon Systems for $2.5 Million.
Embedded with IoT sensors, engineers at University of New Hampshire create self-diagnosing self-reporting “smart” bridge. It provides valuable information about its health–the stress it deals with, the ease at which it moves, what’s happening around it and even under it.The information about structural performance, like weight on the bridge, the behavior of the towers during a bridge lift, strain and acceleration, as well as traffic patterns, weather conditions, sea level and tidal information. It will also provide bridge design engineers unique and innovative information to help create the next generation of bridges with maximum safety, reliability and efficiency.
Industry 4.0 Resources: Consultant/ Analyst Updates
Roland Berger: Autonomous production: New opportunities through Artificial Intelligence? (Link)
Pareekh: Capgemini Altran acquisition and the emergence of full stack EIIR service providers (Link)