As California’s manufacturing trade association, we’re always looking to find services that provide operational excellence and efficiency for the modern factory floor. We’re excited to announce a collaboration to do just that.

We know from our membership that your operations must be hyper-advanced, clean, productive and cost effective to manufacture products competitively at mass scale in California. Yet the state’s high costs and policy challenges, and your razor thin margins, make it difficult at times to compete as a domestic producer.

That’s why we’re joining forces with Autodesk to demonstrate how manufacturers can modernize to compete and grow in the state. Many manufacturers are revolutionizing their operations with “smart manufacturing technologies,” and over the next year CMTA and Autodesk will be providing opportunities to understand how you can implement these strategies and be confident that your digital transformation will be safe and effective.

A recent survey of Directors, CEO’s, and Senior Executives found that “Digital Transformation Risk” is their #1 concern in 2019.

Harvard Business Review

What is Smart Manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing covers a broad range of manufacturing methodologies that leverage computer-integrated manufacturing, new levels of automation and adaptability (digital) for response to rapid design changes, digital information technology, and a more flexible technical workforce.

Demand for customized products and shoring up supply chain vulnerabilities are quickly driving global manufacturers to technologies that create flexibility, speed and touch button control from engineering to production to distribution. Only a digital platform with applications and engineering data available in the cloud can generate advantages in this new manufacturing paradigm, and California can and must lead the way.

Smart manufacturing is more than a buzzword. It’s a new methodology widely used today. Autodesk customers are integrating new smart manufacturing technologies that can optimize design-to-manufacturing processes and help create highly differentiated, cost-effective, and competitive products that meet today’s market needs.

That’s good for California manufacturing. Here’s how it works.

Today, most product development processes are sequential. Typically, each step must be completed before moving on to the next. This creates bottlenecks and stoppages as critical path items get more attention. There are time and costs that are locked-up In these processes:

Note: Oversimplified view of the typical sequential product development process.

Autodesk helps companies “do more with less” with components that make their entire platform available in the cloud — (both applications and data) so that the software and data created can be used concurrently by anyone, anywhere at any time. Autodesk has integrated software from several disciplines — design, engineering, simulation, viewing, manufacturing (both subtractive and additive), and documentation. The Autodesk portfolio is fully integrated and designed to share data with each other via a unified data platform and reads and writes data from other widely used computer aided design (CAD) tools.

Whether you want to automate processes, connect teams and workflows, or visualize your data — one can now create custom applications. Using the Autodesk Cloud Platform, companies can now have the flexibility to modify their processes from sequential to concurrent processes, creating operational efficiencies, and unlocking time and costs.

Note: Autodesk’s design anywhere, build anywhere view of the typical concurrent product development process.

This is why CMTA is collaborating with Autodesk, to bring California manufacturers the latest information and advocacy regarding interconnected, data-rich and highly automated production called smart manufacturing.

Let us know if CMTA can connect you with the right people at Autodesk, and watch for our second Autodesk webinar in the near future.

Gino DiCaro, California Manufacturers & Technology Association