Vimana Announced as Analytics Platform for Autodesk Software
Autodesk has selected Vimana as the analytics platform for its Fusion Production software.
Vimana is collaborating with Autodesk as the analytics platform for Autodesk’s Fusion Production software. The partnership leverages Vimana’s analytics and Autodesk’s engineering planning and design into one integrated solution. The software combines machine monitoring, production scheduling and job tracking using cloud computing for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for smart manufacturing.
This collaboration will enable factory production managers to harness the data gathered through production processes and make it visible in real time across the extended supply chain. Designers can view downstream processes to improve design for manufacturability. The software connects people, data and machines to provide manufacturing and operations teams with real-time visibility and instant access to production data in a single tool, the company says.
“We are excited to be combining technologies that yield a strategic, differentiated IIoT solution for contract manufacturers. The future of manufacturing is dependent on leveraging strategic partners and is ecosystem-driven. Fusion Production software does both,” says Rick Moran, president and CEO of Vimana.
“Collaborating with Vimana will enable Autodesk to provide our customers leading-edge manufacturing analytics for real-time visibility and insights into production performance to gain operational excellence. Customers are looking for robust data analytics and a unified workflow from CAM through production to the finished product,” says Swen Niebann, business line manager for production at Autodesk.
A panel discussion at the recent Top Shops Conference focused on various points of view regarding the value of connecting machine tools to a network for monitoring performance and recording results. Because machine monitoring helps a shop make better decisions about manufacturing processes, it is a good example of data-driven manufacturing in action.
For two shops in northern Indiana, using MTConnect for machine monitoring was just the start. Both shops are now ready to implement other promising applications.
Introduced at IMTS 2008, this communications protocol for CNC machines and other manufacturing equipment is already helping shops and plants implement effective machine monitoring systems. Although these "early adopters" are motivated by the long-term promise of enterprise-wide efficiency gains, their experience with pilot projects shows that benefits derived in the short term are substantial and worthwhile.