I’m heading to ProSTEP iViP Symposium 2015, which will take place later this week in Stuttgart. Here is what website says about the event.

500 experts and decision-makers from industry and research are expected to come together for this two-day conference… nearly 40 presentations and a half-dozen workshops, experienced and industry-wide known experts from manufacturing industry, research and science, and IT companies present both new and proven approaches to solving problems involving every aspect of PLM in three parallel sessions.

The tagline for the event – Smart Engineering. In my previous life I was working for Smart Solutions and SmarTeam. Since then, I’m careful about loaded “smart” names :). But, I’m really impressed with the program and list of topics. Navigate here to learn more about sessions and people presenting at the event. I’m looking forward to keynotes from IBM and Robert Bosch. System engineering, connected services, collaboration, mechatronics – this is only a short list of topics in the program.

The topics of connected services and integration are my favorite ones. There are several sessions in the program speaking about cross domain collaboration, engineering collaboration, cross-enterprise collaboration, configure to order, PLM integration challenges on the second day.

I’ll be sharing my thoughts about BOM in PLM and ERP environment – PLM and ERP are Separated by a Common BOM.  I look forward to the challenge of speaking about “stückliste” in Germany and hope to have an interesting conversation afterwards during evening gathering.

What is the conclusion? It is hard to find independent PLM conference these days. So, I look forward to the opportunity to speak with people and learn more about PLM reflections from Germany. This post will become a live blog. I’m going to maintain it during the week. You can post your questions and comments. I look forward to that.

Best, Oleg




Day #1: 4-May-2015

Keynote – The ‚What‘ and ‚How‘ of Connected Services

The keynote presentation delivered by Dr. Matthias Klauda, Robert Bosch GmbH

Fascinating presentation delivered by Dr. Kauda focused on the future of vehicle connectivity from different perspectives. It was about the whole eco-system of connecting vehicle to the cloud services and providing a set of new services – parking, concierge, gas optimization, road assistance. The data is the most important element to make it happen. The main challenges are connectivity, security and car E/E architecture.




Keynote Continuous Engineering – Managing Complexity with Speed

The presentation is delivered by Bret Greenstein, IBM Software Group (IBMIoT) 

IBM is investing heavily in the setting a system and eco-system to deliver IoT solutions. There are few very important things when it comes to the establishing of a platform for Industry 4.0. The critical factors are the ability to have an open platform to integrated disparate sources of information. Among other challenges is the ability to live up to the level of complexity of software introduced in many devices. Product as a service shift is a significant one.




Keynote – Trends in industrial automation and impact on the world. by 

Prof. Alexander Verl, Fraunhofer

This keynote speech was fascinating and helping to think about industrial revolution cycle, robots and future it will take in our life. I found two parallel tracks in this presentation – how to improve robots and how to protect people from robot influence. Will robot replace humans? Not sure how long it will take, but things are going towards that direction.




Integrated (Production) Process Planning 

by Dr. Nils Macke, ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Joseph Jungwirth, ZF Friedrichshafen AG

A very interesting approach of organizing process planning by integration between multiple systems and building planning cockpit in SAP.




Collaborative Model based Systems Engineering  – Challenges and Chances

by Hans Martin Heinkel and Peter Heidl, Robert Bosch GmbH

This presentation about collaborative environment for MBSE was focused on the mind-shift that requires to move into System engineering approach. They key point was related to a switch into “sharing information” mode. This is something that will allow to contract, sharing and collaborate on the information between OEM and partners.




Coexistence as a PLMMigration Strategy

Paulo Villaça, Embraer S.A.

Embraer presentation was covering the process of migration from home grown legacy ERP system into PLM environment. It clearly focused around one of the most important topic of management of Bill of Materials. Legacy system was a centerpiece of common BOM. In a new environment Embraer is moving into “BOM view” approach with multiple views and synchronization between EBOM and MBOM. At the same time, Ebraer is clearly position PLM system as a place where MBOM should be created and maintained before the transfer to ERP. Another clear conclusion from Embraer is to avoid “big bang” migration approach.




3D CAD from the cloud

by Don Rekko of Canopy Cloud

Canopy Cloud is an outfit focusing on leveraging cloud for desktop virtualization. Using this approach, Canopy is running existing CAD system in a cloud environment and unlocking CAD design (files) for collaboration.



PLM and ERP are separated by a common BOM (Bill of Materials) 

I had a privilege to share my thoughts on the one of most controversial topics in PLM – Bill of Materials.

You can look on more details about my presentation keynote here



Day 2: 5 May 2015.

Configure to Order: A Project Report on the Implementation of a Holistic Approach to a Manufacturer of Special Transport Trailers

by Roland Fuhrmann, Faymonville S.A. and Markus Feldmann, CONTACT Software GmbH

This session presented an interesting approach of creating environment for highly configured products – special trailers. It includes creating of 150% BOM structure that can be used to create a specific BOM for the vehicle early in the process and manage creation of order materials in PLM environment. It demoes new product – MBOM manager developed by CONTACT software.





Transition to a centralized Development Platform: similarities between aCAD / PDM Migration and Relocation

by Thomas Schanz, Mahle International GmbH and Daniel Schreiter, :em engineering methods AG

Migration of data between PDM/PLM environment is a huge challenge. This presentation speaks about how to organize a process of gradual migration of large amount of data between 2 PDM environments.




JT Enabled Future Scenarios for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

by Rudolf Dotzauer, Continental Automotive Group and Dr. Sebastian Handschuh, Daimler AG

This session had some promotional taste for JT. Nevertheless, I found very interesting use cases for connected vehicle and other downstream applications that requires reach 3D data.




Closing Keynote: Strategic Development of Engineering IT in Mercedes-Benz cars

by Dr. Siegmar Haasis, Daimler AG

The final keynote at ProSTEP iViP Symposium shared a deep insight of Daimler’s Dr. Siegmar Haasis on the current status and future priorities of Engineering IT organization in Mercedes-Benz cars. As part of that, you can find a very interesting summary of PLM 2015 project (migration from CATIA to NX).









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