The virtualisation of production systems makes it possible to model all the operations necessary for the manufacture of the products or services before starting production, so as to eliminate all the problems which may occur, or to optimise planning, for example. Simulating a machine breakdown, modelling the arrival of a new production centre makes it possible to plan the best actions to put in place to maintain flexibility.
The Enterprise of the Future must be able to collect data continuously on the quality of the product during production or the quality of the manufacturing process during operation. This data makes it possible to react to any malfunctions or to new requests. This data must also be "interconnected” with planning tools or even design tools in order to ensure maximum flexibility.
This groups all operation management activities: purchasing, subcontracting, planning, scheduling, store management, etc.…
Digital engineering groups all the applications which allow the design and simulation of products and processes before production start-up.
The inspection of products involves the use of increasingly innovative technologies, with or without contact, which are integrated into production lines, so as to ensure the quality of products during all the manufacturing phases. The detection of potential faults can be carried out during the process without extending the cycle time.