The Record Issue 10: Autumn 2018

84 www. t e c h n o l o g y r e c o r d . c om W hether in the aerospace, automotive, industrial equipment or other global manufacturing industry, standard products no longer exist. Mass personalisation, the capacity to provide adaptable products at a competitive price, has become a key differenti- ator. Production has become extremely complex and represents a significant challenge for indus- trial companies – and the accompanying prolif- eration of parts, products and components has a significant impact on total product lifecycle cost and on company performance. Parts standardisation and reuse are key drivers for limiting the costs associated with new pro- gramme development, and they can also help decrease procurement costs and improve strate- gic sourcing partnerships. Procurement depart- ments can contribute to this transformation immediately if they know how to benefit from opportunities offered by artificial intelligence. There’s a lot of talk about artificial intelligence, but what exactly do we mean by it? In the context of increasing complexity, it is strategically impor- tant that the procurement department participate in design and engineering decisions as early as possible – and artificial intelligence can empower them to do that. Here we’re talking about machine learning algorithms, placed at the heart of engi- neering professions, but led by procurement. These algorithms make it possible for the two departments to communicate, opening new paths to performance and cost reduction. Procurement has a great opportunity to take advantage of this. For example, in aerospace, this intelligence is used to cross-reference existing parts between different programmes and pro- duction sites. This helps procurement to define contextualised standards, verify their implemen- tation, and optimise sourcing on a global scale. The gains realised free up capacity for innovation, which is indispensable for the future of industry. EXALEAD Sourcing & Standardization Intelligence, powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, is a business discov- ery application for parts that reveals engineering and procurement related information. In doing so, it helps procurement professionals to level the playing field with suppliers through rapid visibility and comparison of parts hidden any- where inside the enterprise. It gives procurement teams their own support tool, as purchasers have their own dashboard which also acts as a point of entry to engineer- ing. Our algorithms use 3D part signature as a universal language in order to help them better understand engineering requests, analyse past purchases and identify all possible commonali- ties with new ones. Leveraging these tools has yielded impressive results for our clients. For example, a Tier 1 sup- plier in the aerospace industry estimated savings of €15 million (US$17.4 million) per year; and an industrial machinery manufacturer estimated €65 million (US$75.4 million) per year. These examples illustrate the savings that are already being achieved by organisations, which are tak- ing advantage of artificial intelligence. But they Seamless sourcing Organisations can leverage artificial intelligence to improve their sourcing and standardisation and to eliminate the disconnects between engineering and business systems L AUR ENT B E R TAUD : DA S S AU LT S Y S T ÈME S V I EWPO I NT “Artificial intelligence enables companies to eliminate the disconnects between engineering and business systems”