Digitalization has become one of the most discussed subjects in Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan in 2017. Decree No. 8 (basic facts about it) was adopted in Belarus in the end of the year; at the beginning of 2018 the President of Kazakhstan addressed the residents of the country (in Russian) with a message about the new possibilities of development in the context of the fourth industrial revolution. In three years the global economy will become digital by 25 percent.
Dassault Systemes offers instruments to support the effective offtake of products providing for early sales, taking into account the consumers’ opinions, ensuring deliveries exactly in time and production of customized configurations. In the latest release of the portal computerworld.ru (in Russian) Dassault Systemes, provider of 3DExperience platform that centralizes data for a product or a project throughout the entire life cycle, summarizes the results of its work in the Russian market over the past year.
Alexey Ryzhov — General Director of Dassault Systemes in Russia, CIS and Central Asia
Last year digitalization has become one of the most discussed topics in Russia, too. Almost all major companies of the local market have announced their programs of digital business transformation. However, as Ryzhov recognized, so far the main share of the digital economy in Russia is trade and the consumer market, although the greatest growth potential lies in smart manufacturing and smart cities. For its part, Dassault Systemes offers instruments to support intellectual production, which is inconceivable without “smart” advisers and means to support machine-to-machine interaction.
“So far, only 3% of all possible data is actually taken off from industrial equipment, although many domestic industries have been operating modern equipment for a long time,” said Ryzhov, discussing specifics of flexible production capable to support a large number of product configurations.
The way that certain elements of the factory of the future are operating today, was demonstrated by Vladimir Pirozhkov, CEO of the engineering center of prototyping “Kinetika” created on the basis of the National Research Technological University “MISiS”, a strategic partner of Dassault Systemes, acting also in the role of a showroom for its solutions. Digital prototypes of such products, as the torch of the Olympic games or items for the uniform of the soldier of the future, the study of technologies to apply new materials, systems engineering and additive technologies ― this is an incomplete list of areas of the center’s work.
“Who will become the operator of digitalization? The digital economy needs engineers-dreamers, not imitators. The ability to work with advanced software instruments allows to place Russian specialists on a par with the rest of the world,” warned Pirozhkov.
Among the specific results of the past year, Ryzhov noted the introduction of the solution to optimize supply chains logistics and business processes at the Novolipetsk metallurgical plant Quintiq, projects with the company “Norilsk Nickel” on the use of Geovia system for automation of mining-geological works. Certain interest is also aroused by SkyWay project that involves the use of string technologies for the deployment of transport arteries of a new generation. The pilot test site, implemented at “EcoTechnoPark” near Minsk (Belarus), is aimed at creating a safe infrastructure for high-speed transportation of passengers and cargo.
Among the organizational changes of the past year, Ryzhov noted the restructuring of the sales channel by computer-aided designing system Solidworks: the number of partners has increased by 20 times, and the distribution customer service network of the company was expanded up to 70 cities of Russia and CIS countries.
What does 3DExperience technology contribute to SkyWay transport?
Let us remind that so as to improve the competitiveness of a project, design Bureaus and production facilities of SkyWay Technologies Co. are already introducing the elements of industry 4.0: the Company’s team of specialists has been working to introduce the system working with virtual models of rolling stock and track structure for six months. This system will allow to create engineering designs consistently and quickly and prepare technical documentation needed to launch their production. All the changes added by engineers in the layout, will be reflected in the final model, calculations of technical parameters and cost of the final product.
The necessity to use industry 4.0 principles is also caused by the fact that information systems allow to pass the project assignments for a contract to engineers from other countries (as in the case with SkyWay India, Indonesia and others). This is also necessary because at the early stages of entering the global market SkyWay Company will not have the physical ability to perform all of the work around the globe by itself.
You can read more details on the strategy of use and future plans of the Company-developer in an interview with Victor Baburin, Company’s Deputy General Director for development, about “industry 4.0” ― in a separate article.