The amalgamation of the company’s 3DEXPERIENCE platform with Accelrys’ strong suite of applications opens up the extensive prospect to support and increase systemic collaboration, data and content reuse alongside product lifecycle management. These capabilities are allowing production operations in process industries to abbreviate time to market and enhance profitability by leveraging process and quality data.
Combining process development, manufacturing and quality environments to drive effective process design, performance and improvement, BIOVIA offers a Process Production Operations (PPO) solution. According to Reza Sadeghi, CSO of Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA, their PPO offering provides the data integration, aggregation, and analytical tools that take the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) space to the next level in terms of process understanding. “The ability to break down data silos with integration of data from MES databases with data historians, LIMS systems, ERP systems, and other data sources, and then to organize all of that data within the context of a single batch provides a holistic view of the manufacturing process that can’t be achieved by looking at any single source of data,” he adds.
In addition, the analytical tools available in the PPO suite go beyond the usual control charting to enable true investigative and what-if analysis not only within one process step but with correlation of upstream activities to downstream results. “Our customers find the automated monitoring and dashboarding capabilities within the product suite to be highly valuable,” says Sadeghi. “By using ‘monitor by exception’ alerting, customers are able to focus on critical areas of the production process that require their attention rather than reviewing hundreds of control charts every day.”
RDQM Innovation Framework
Many steps and functional roles are involved in getting a new product from the very earliest stages of conception to the retail store shelf. Each of these steps adds cost, and presumably value, to the process; in a broader view, innovation in the consumer packaged goods industry can be broken down into four key elements: Research, Development, Quality and Manufacturing (RDQM).
We are in a unique position as our solutions bring together the capabilities that systems have with respect to manufacturing, monitoring and scientific capabilities in this area
Fulfilling Evolving Needs
According to Sadeghi, one of the challenges in the MES domain is the amount of time it can take to fully implement and validate an MES solution, and customers can’t take advantage of process information during that time. “Several of our customers have leveraged BIOVIA Discoverant PRIMR, a lightweight, easy-to-implement data entry tool, in order to gain access to process data while the MES implementation is ongoing,” he adds. Then, using the data integration capabilities within Discoverant, they can continue using data captured both in PRIMR and in the MES system after the more robust MES is online. “The MES domain has gone beyond the traditional concerns of manufacturing planning, control, and data capture, to an understanding of the manufacturing process. True insights based on solid analysis can be fed back into the process to enable improved process performance and predictability,” explains Sadeghi.
BIOVIA has been fulfilling all the evolving needs of customers worldwide according to the technological trends. “The firms in life sciences are shifting to biologics, which has opened a tremendous opportunity for solution providers like us to revaluate our portfolio in support of a very complex manufacturing process,” asserts Sadeghi. “We are in a unique position as our solutions bring together the capabilities that systems have with respect to manufacturing, monitoring and scientific capabilities in this area.” As the company moves towards these advanced products that need to be manufactured in support of life science and pharma and new classes of therapeutic drugs, BIOVIA finds themselves to be in a unique position to transform this industry.
Other Dassault Systèmes brands in the manufacturing intelligence project space include DELMIA—powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, assisting global businesses to re-imagine their planning, management and optimization of industrial operations. DELMIA allows manufacturers to virtually experience their entire factory production from the impact of design to determining how to meet global demand. On the other hand, their EXALEAD brand enables organizations to gather, align and enrich Big Data—transform large volumes of heterogeneous, multi-source data into meaningful, real-time information intelligence to help users improve business processes and gain competitive advantage.