Industry 4.0 and Virtual Twins, same subject?

In today’s world, industry faces many challenges, such as competition, demand, regulation and the environment. Dassault Systèmes and its network of partners, of which XDI is a member, are committed to supporting manufacturers in these fields.

To meet these challenges, the industry needs to transform itself and adopt new technologies that make it more agile, efficient and sustainable. This is what we callIndustry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution. But what exactly is Industry 4.0? And how does it relate to Dassault Système software such as Solidworks and Catia? That’s what we’ll be looking at in this article.

SolidWorks, Catia, 3D software, is this Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 is the name given to the fourth industrial revolution, which is characterized by the integration of digital technologies into production processes. Industry 4.0 aims to create intelligent systems capable of adapting to customer needs, optimizing resources and communicating with each other. For example, a Factory 4.0 can use sensors, robots, drones or 3D printers to automate certain tasks, collect data in real time and adjust production according to demand. Even if it’s commonly acknowledged that Industry 4.0 is more about the shop floor, the whole digitalization of products and processes is clearly intimately linked to these topics.

Dassault Système is a world leader in the field of
design, simulation and
simulation and product lifecycle management (PLM& PDM) software. Dassault Système offers solutions tailored to different industrial sectors, such as aeronautics, automotive, healthcare and energy. Its flagship products include Solidworks and Catia. These tools are grouped together under the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

SOLIDWORKS and Industry 4.0

Solidworks is a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) program for creating 3D models of parts and assemblies. Solidworks is used by over 6 million users worldwide, mainly in the fields of mechanics, electronics and architecture. For example, an engineer can use Solidworks to design a mechanical part in 3D, visualize it from different angles, easily modify it and share it with colleagues.

CATIA and Industry 4.0

Catia is a 3D, computer-aided engineering and manufacturing software package for the design of complex products such as airplanes, cars and ships. Catia is used by over 3 million users worldwide, including major aerospace and automotive manufacturers. For example, a designer can use Catia to create a 3D model of an aircraft, simulate it under different flight conditions, validate it according to safety standards and transfer it to the production line. it’s what we call a Digital Twin

Industry 4.0 and Dassault Système software are closely linked, as they aim to accelerate innovation, improve quality and reduce costs. Thanks to this software, manufacturers can design virtual products that faithfully reproduce the real-life behavior of physical products. They can also simulate different scenarios and test product performance before manufacturing. Finally, they can connect products to each other and to their environment, to create personalized, optimized experiences.

In addition to 3D design solutions, tools like DELMIA, for example, will help manufacturers to digitalize their manufacturing processes. To be continued in a future post.

Cassandre Maximoff
Marketing & Communication Officer

I have the pleasure of managing XDI’s communications on all channels, especially here on the website!

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