PLM Leveraging 3D Imaging

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PLM Leveraging 3D Imaging

  1. 1. PLM leveraging 3 Dimensional Imaging to meet Emerging Market Challenges Joydeep Sen GuptaMarket ScenarioThe world is shrinking, and it is creating a buyer’s market. The multitude ofmessages and the global media, in this interactive age, is contributing to afragmented market. New product launches and innovations are just a cityaway, or maybe less. It is one universe.Higher consumer awareness is leading to customer expectations. Quality,utility, fashion, aesthetic and brand value are hygiene. Customer is focusedon value - latest technology, fashion, features, customized products andservices. The consumer today is moving towards more discrete products.And due to fast changing world these products have increasingly shorterproduct life cycles.Manufacturers struggle to keep up with this dynamic consumer pattern, andit is putting tremendous pressure on them. Unable to keep up with thepace, many manufacturers are spending more time, replicating others’product, instead of innovating their own. This has diminished the time lagbetween an innovation and the challenger. Price drops are more rapid.As customers aspirations grow, they are also becoming more discrete intheir spending. They are choosing lower end of a brand spectrum.Customers are turning to big retailers for deeper discounts. Many shopperswait for end of season discount sale.Trade DynamicsTo survive in today’s marketplace, retailers are under pressure to bebetter, faster, and cheaper than their competitors. As described in figure-1, manufacturers are squeezed for pricing and markdowns from retailers.Hence, are increasingly subject to intense pressures to lower cost andincrease efficiency. This has driven manufacturers to the developing worldin search of lower cost, labor and facilities. Page 1
  2. 2. Owing to the emergence of internet, affordable global transport, business isnow global and multilingual. Over the last two decades, outsourcing hascome of age. Now many companies simply choose to market productsunder their brand name. They outsource manufacturing, product design,development and other business functions. This opens up the company tocapabilities and capacities of a large number of suppliers. It enabled themto go beyond their existing expertise. Fig. 1: Trade Dynamics Page 2
  3. 3. As many suppliers design & develop products and actively manageinventories for brands, business systems must allow a free flow of databeyond organizational boundaries. Retailers and brand manufacturers arelaunching supplier portals, which provide a means of collaboration betweenretailers, vendors, factories and agents. It coordinates processes andprovides transparency through the sourcing, production and shipmentprocess - improving productivity. But, most of them, do not allow vendorlevel collaboration on design & development. In effect, brands heavilydependent onglobal outsourcinghence could facemajor inefficienciesin cost & time.Better informationcloser to theseason, empowersthe company todevelop & sourcemore accurateproduct assortmentand quantities.Hence, they aredelaying theirdecisions nearer tothe start of the Fig. 2: Critical Growthseason, resulting in shorter turnaround time. DriversGlobal outsourcing, smaller product life cycles and an extended supplychain are the paradigms of a new market order.Cost reduction, shorter design turnaround time and a well orchestratedsupply chain are critical in this new market reality. Page 3
  4. 4. PLM driving faster product innovationPLM software is driving product development right from concept toproduction. It provides business a solution  To create, access, leverage and manage it’s enormous information bank and intellectual property across the globe.  Ensures latest, accurate, comprehensive and timely information in standardized templates, enabling multidisciplinary collaboration beyond geographical and company boundaries.  It manages product, process & people i.e.. Product development, monitors and triggers processes & workflows, and manages availability and access of information to relevant people. Resulting in reduced time to market, improved processes, reduced costs and improved business return on investment (RoI)Developments in 3 dimensional, computer aided designs (3D) has openedup opportunities for PLM software to enhance it’s utility & productivity tomeet the challenging requirements of the emerging market Page 4
  5. 5. 3D enhancing role of PLM software in product developmentInspires imaginative collaborationThe ability of 3D to visualize products as 3 dimensional realistic images,allows the design team to better capture and review and collaborate theconcepts in real time on a global scale. In many industries, 3D images andmodels can be used put to check proof of concept, avoiding non-productiveinvestments.Improves design & development efficienciesThe first 10% of the product development affects about 80% of theproduct’s total cost. Current PLM systems for consumer products majorlyuse 2D drawings for designs.Though it is possible to edit 2D images to some extent, a 3D image canbe easily rotated to give different perspective. The virtual camera viewingposition and viewing angle can be customized.Creating a 3D image may be time-consuming but, It is it highly editableand is easy to make substantial modifications.This makes it 1. easily reusable. 2. easy to make changes in a shorter amount of time.Fewer design changes, better product designs, lower production costsand a shorter time to get the product to market.Enable Virtual SamplingSample is one of the largest cost contributors in the product developmentprocess. Substantial amount of time and expense is devoted to productmaterial sampling, color sampling and product proto to sales samples.Leading brands and retailers request several millions of samples eachyear.Today, 3D solutions offer high definition, detailed and realistic images ofproducts. Designing a product in 3D lets one experience and analyzes theproduct virtually. A 3D printer can create product mockups within hours.This helps to catch design flaws and make the appropriate adjustments Page 5
  6. 6. early. It’s an efficient, cost-effective way for designers to create, improveand iterate products & designs by collaborating with product developers,merchants, factories & buyers. This enables delivery of an accurateproduct, eliminating multiple rounds of prototypes needed to find errors.More than 50% of sample requirements can be eliminated through theintroduction of 3D virtual samples.Raw materials like hardware, fabric, trims like buttons, labels, zippers etc.can be digitalized to enable the sampling process via images. This, to alarge extent, can obviate physical samples, resulting in fewer deliveries andreduction in time to market. Fig. 3: 3D Value Realization Chain3D is effectively used to create realistic simulation for digital producttesting. It allows digital testing of the exact behavior of products in the realworld e.g. Stress test, virtual dressing. 3D printing allows one to test form,fit and function. It contributes to significant time & dollar savings.Speed and Cost critical factors Page 6
  7. 7. 3D requires a multitude of dimensions to be defined to visualize a productor item. This would be cumbersome and unpractical, simply from the effortstandpoint, let alone cost and time. Most non-physical, abstract spaceswork poorly in 3D.But, one can take physical objects and use 3D scanning equipment tocapture and transform them into 3D digital models. This data can be reusedand modified to create new product models.Laser scanning and digitizing are two most common methods of collecting3D data. In laser scanning, a laser line, patch or sphere is passed overthe surface of an object to record 3-dimensional information. The same iscaptured by a camera sensor, mounted in a laser scanner. Digitizing isdone by touching a probe to various points on the surface of the object tocapture 3D information. This method is more apt for geometric and freeform shapes.One can make 3D images at home with a pair of red-blue 3D glasses, adigital camera, and some photo editing software. These images can alsoportray optimum depth with accuracy for some products.Whether the benefits of 3D displays outweigh their costs depends uponthe particular 3D rendering chosen, the nature of the task, and thestructure of the information to be displayed.3D is catalyzing the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software into amore efficient solution, transforming the product development process intoa faster, fluid orchestrated state. Page 7
  8. 8. NotesPLM: Product Lifecycle Management Page 8

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