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Join us for this FULL DAY Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series! | Tuesday, May 9

On average, 80% of complex products are developed by a globally distributed network of suppliers and partners. Given this complex network of actors, an OEM’s ability to collaborate efficiently has an impact on their ability to manage costs, schedules and produce innovative products. PLM Connections is dedicating an entire day to roundtable discussions on collaboration best practices lead by industry leaders. Topics include a review of various collaboration paradigms, standards based data exchange, model based definition, multiCAD product development and other topics related to distributed product development in the increasingly digitized world.


9:15-10:00 am
Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series - Part 1

JT Enabled Digital Transformation @ Daimler AG

Sebastian Handschuh
Head of IT4Powertrain Daimler-Renault-Nissan Cooperation
Daimler AG

Alfred Katzenbach
Katzenbach Executive Consulting

Digital Transformation at Daimler is nothing new. Daimler is several years into a digital transformation process where users across the enterprise and throughout the supply chain work and collaborate with precise 3D models based on JT (ISO 14306). Expansion of JT continues with new use cases being deployed. The former CIO for Product Development, Professor Alfred Katzenbach will explain Daimler’s rational to seek greater CAD independence. Dr. Sebastian Handschuh, Manager “Engineering Collaboration Concepts & Standards” and head of former DrivingJT@Daimler initiatives will give an update on Daimler’s progress (over 17 million JT files under management) and lessons learned.

10:00-10:15 am BREAK

10:15-11:00 am
Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series - Part 2

Supplier Collaboration in the age of Systems Engineering @ Ford Motor Company

Anoop Jharia
Global Supplier Integration Lead
Ford Motor Company

The Ford Motor Company is aggressively expanding the traditional role of PLM to include a seamless integration of the product’s requirement, design and validation information and processes. Because a major portion of vehicle development is by suppliers, a robust closed-loop and multi-discipline collaboration solution is required. This is forcing Ford’s digital innovation team to rethink the future of collaborative vehicle development.

11:00-12:00 pm
Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series - Part 3

Roundtable Discussion

Dr. Sebastian Handschuh, Daimler AG
Prof. Alfred Katzenbach, Katzenbach Consulting
Anoop Jharia, Ford Motor Company
Dave Watters, Nissan NA

Daimler, Ford and Nissan Q&A and discussion.

12:00-1:30 pm LUNCH


1:30-2:30 pm
Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series - Part 4


Newport News Shipbuilding’s Digital Journey: Drawings to 4GD based Visual Work Instructions

Frank DeLar, Jr
User Application Liason
Newport News Shipbuilding

Brent Woodhouse
System Engineer
Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) has begun a journey toward a full Digital Enterprise across all Programs.  NNS has been building ships with drawings for 130 years.  With a transition to Siemens Teamcenter 9.x and NX 8.5 with 4th Generation Design (4GD), NNS started realizing the potential of using 4GD worksets to support assembly and manufacturing.  The NNS journey is a “brown field” story about transitioning from paper work packages referencing drawings to providing a digital work instruction that provide “Only what is needed to execute the work”.

This effort has expanded from a concept two years ago, to greater than a 1,000 electronic work instructions executed and the declaration of the next Aircraft Carrier, Enterprise (CVN80), to be drawingless. It has been a challenging journey, both technically and culturally, impacting every aspect of the NNS business model.  This brief will give a snapshot of this journey, lessons learned, and opportunities that presented themselves because of a focus on workers’ point of view.

Closed Loop Supplier Collaboration @ Mercury Marine

Praveen Sreedhar
Solution Architect
Mercury PLM Services

Mercury Marine relies on a diverse network of suppliers to deliver world class marine products. Historically collaboration with suppliers was done on an ad hoc bases involving multiple fragmented systems often with unpredictable results.

Mercury Marine realized the need to create closed loop processes with suppliers to meet three major goals: Product leadership with innovative products, Speed to market to beat the competition, Early supplier collaboration as a tool for innovation supporting co-design and co-development. Fundamental to this was the need to ensure real time design integration with global manufacturing and supply partners, effective supplier sourcing, track supplier performance, efficiency and document control with secure design data exchange. This session will focus on MM’s new approach to supplier collaboration and lessons learned in solution deployment.

2:30-2:45 pm BREAK

2:45-3:15 pm
Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series - Part 5


MBD Collaboration- Part 1: Finding the right data

Jim Zwica
Senior Engineer
Caterpillar Inc.

In order to enable and benefit from enterprise PLM companies must look at where and how their data is created and consumed. Lack of data structure or heavy data fragmentation may disrupt workflows and reduce the potential of PLM tools. This session will cover common data issues and methods to better align data for everyone to benefit.

MBD Collaboration- Part 2: Ensuring Data Fidelity

Andy Attfield
Product Manager
Siemens PLM Software

As Engineering unlocks its Model Based Definition to the entire business. JT becomes the Published Design Authority for Continued Engineering, the Enterprise and for collaboration with the Extended Enterprise.

Businesses benefiting from this level of digitalization introduce audit requirements to ensure the content, integrity and fidelity of the JT Neutral Model Based Definition.

Standards emerging from Aerospace and Defence industries such as NAS9300 for LOTAR and MIL-31000A for the TDP are helping to identify best practices.

This session reviews processes for geometry and PMI validation in relation to these standards and the quality dependent workflows that JT serves.

3:15-3:30 pm BREAK


3:00-3:45 pm
Optimizing Supplier/Partner Collaboration Series - Part 6

MBD Collaboration- Part 3: Protecting Intellectual property

Keng Lim
NextLabs, Inc.

Organizations need to share sensitive information throughout the supply chain but must ensure their intellectual property is always secure. This session will focus on how customers use enterprise Digital Rights Management (DRM) to achieve data protection throughout the extended enterprise (at scale) and the business benefits and rational for implementing DRM.

Three Essential Dimensions of MBD Collaboration - Roundtable Discussion

Jim Zwica, Caterpillar
Andy Attfield, Siemens PLM
Keng Lim, NextLabs

Open discussion on the essential elements of MBD -

  1. Finding the right data for your purpose
  2. Ensuring accuracy of 3D geometry
  3. Protecting Intellectual Property (Digital Rights Management)

Revised 4/27/17 | Schedule subject to change.