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Closed-loop manufacturing optimizes production for product design, planning, and manufacturing

By Blake Snodgrass
Rahul Garg
Rahul Garg, VP Industrial Machinery and SMB Business Program at Siemens Digital Industries Software

In a recent SME article, Rahul Garg, Vice President of the Industrial Machinery & SMB Program, Siemens Digital Industries Software, discusses how manufacturers face many challenges to meet customer demands for addressing tighter deadlines, supply chain issues, flexibility of processes, and the desire for individualized products.

Read the article.

Closed-loop manufacturing (CLM) addresses all these demands by synchronizing and optimizing production across product design, planning and scheduling, manufacturing execution and automation. It creates a collaborative, connected information loop where CLM continuously improves the manufacturing processes’ cost, time, and quality. 

CLM aligns products and processes by accelerating product delivery optimally with quality and cost while minimizing energy usage, continually aligning the as-planned, as-built, and as-used product information into an iterative improvement process. It’s a true loop of information that ensures that engineering teams receive timely feedback to improve a product’s evolution, evaluate alternative suppliers, and speed up problem resolution. The CLM process optimizes new products by accelerating time-to-market while maintaining fidelity to quality and compliance requirements.

The CLM process requires the following capabilities:

  • Manufacturing planning and engineering 
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and scheduling 
  • Data reuse and resource maximization

Learn more about CLM’s capabilities and how it works.

Siemens Digital Industries Software helps organizations of all sizes digitally transform using software, hardware and services from the Siemens Xcelerator business platform. Siemens’ software and the comprehensive digital twin enable companies to optimize their design, engineering and manufacturing processes to turn today’s ideas into the sustainable products of the future. From chips to entire systems, from product to process, across all industries. Siemens Digital Industries Software – Accelerating transformation.

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