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PTC LiveWorx 19

How Pioneers are putting transformation into practice

The Engineering sector is set to transform within the next five years

While the engineering sector has always been alive to innovation, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the use of advanced visualisation technology.  

Within the next five years, visualisation technology will transform the manufacturing and engineering industries, and it’s important not to be left behind. While this is a big statement, it certainly isn’t an over-statement – we’ve already seen visualisation adopted at every stage in the engineering journey, with phenomenal results.

Innovative, cost effective and agile

Those who adopt early will be more innovative, cost-effective and agile in the long-run.

The fact is, working in immersive visual environments is cost-effective, safe and collaborative.  There’s no need to upset existing workflows or production environments. Ideas can be conceptualised, considered, tested and refined, all within an immersive visual environment.

This presents an exponential opportunity to many industries, but particularly to engineering and manufacturing, as it makes it easier to find the equilibrium between the need to innovate and  the need to control costs and reduce risk. 

Bringing bigger ideas to life

From what we’ve seen with clients such as Rolls-Royce and Raytheon, the immersive visual environment lets people bring great ideas to life; to encourage them to experiment and, ultimately, to allow them to be braver. 

This almost unlimited scope to experiment creates a culture of innovation, where people really can do more things, better.  

Our recent work with Rolls-Royce’s nuclear and aero engine divisions is the perfect example.  

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Working with Rolls-Royce

20,000+ components

detailed within an immersive visual model

Incredibly detailed

visualisation right down to the individual screws

Visualisation has been adopted by Rolls-Royce to improve collaboration within the design and manufacturing teams, allowing in-house and external stakeholders to work with an immersive model comprising all 20,000+ components which make up a typical aero engine, right down to the individual screws.  

This level of collaboration is invaluable, as a design change in one area can have consequences for another.

The company has reported that the use of visualisation technology has enabled engineers to come up with more ideas than they would in 2D because they can clearly see the obstacles they face and work out how to overcome them.

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"Our engineers come up with more ideas than they would in 2D. As a result, we are integrating Visionary Render into our product familiarisation, factory planning and instruction for fitters."

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Efficiency and Cost Avoidance

The use of visualisation supports connected collaboration, improving efficiency and enabling cost avoidance.  This, in turn, supports reduced design cycles, faster ramp-up of manufacturing and improved safety and compliance.

Realising the digital thread

In this phase we are concerned with using visualisation so that companies can connect and collaborate across functional groups and externally with their suppliers, partners and customers, supporting faster time to market, tighter integration for the digital factory and full data for training, development and contextual instructions.

Re-engineering your market

This is about improving competitive advantage, using visualisation to build barriers to market entry and the ability to monetise data with visualisation.

Visualisation in business transformation

Increasing interest in the benefits of visualisation throughout the production cycle supports a wider trend where business transformation and digital transformation are strongly intertwined.  Most large manufacturers are already engaged in realising the distinct benefits of the  a digital value chain and the Industrial Internet of Things.

Though it’s relatively early days, it’s already clear that visualisation stands as a key part of the digital transformation process. And while advanced visualisation technology is ‘business unusual’ today, it certainly won’t be so in the near future. It’s inspiring to see forward-thinking companies take the theory of visualisation into the practical environment.  We’re already seeing a number of clients use the immersive visual environment to push the boundaries of what’s possible at every stage in the production cycle.  

Concept and design stage

The use of visualisation in design means maximum capture of value at the earliest stages as a result of greater collaboration between the various teams; getting things right first time for faster progress, fewer re-works and shorter time to market.. 

Engineering stage

Standardised engineering processes can be created with visualisation, improving quality outcomes and improved competitiveness.

Procurement and fabrication stage

Visualisation is enhancing collaboration between manufacturers and their suppliers, leading to improved (and faster) methods of fabrication.  The ability to share the same vision of an engineering project significantly reduces the time it takes to bring ideas to life.

Training & Live Implementation Stage

Visualisation supports training and maintenance regimes.  Teams can benefit from immersive training experiences and the use of visualisation in live environments to maintain standardised practice.  In a manufacturing environment, this will improve output and decreases down-time.

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