Håkan Kårdén, Torbjörn Pettersson, Mats Nilsson

Case Study: Business Benefits and Promises Applying a Model Based Engineering Environment with Data and Information in Focus

Saab Kockums operate in a highly competitive business designing, manufacturing and supporting warships and submarines. What makes this business extra challenging is the duration of projects, the life time of products and the engineering complexity involved. By applying a standard based and open platform the company has taken several steps along the journey of PLM maturity with current implementation of a Standards Based Backbone Architecture and starting to explore opportunities with an Innovative Shared Information Environment. Saab Kockums is now looking into win-win business opportunities involving their customers in the extended Digital Thread and Digital Twin.

Arthur Holland Michel

Drones 101 - A Compendium of the Key Issues

When Arthur Holland Michel and his colleagues at Bard College founded the Center for the Study of the Drone in 2012, they already had a sense that drones were going to become a significant topic, presenting society with a range of unfamiliar challenges and opportunities. But in the five years since then, drones have become a worldwide phenomenon that has entirely outstripped everyone's wildest expectations.

Drones are now used for everything from delivering urgent medical supplies in Rwanda to dazzling spectators at Disney World. They have saved lives and sparked complex and divisive controversies that have left regulators scrambling to catch up with a technology that shows no sign of slowing down. How can we stay on top of this issue and get ahead of the technology? How do we balance the remarkable opportunities afforded by drones against concerns around privacy, safety, and ethics? What will be the new normal in a drone-filled world?

Arthur joins PI to give a comprehensive overview of the key opportunities, challenges and the latest research into the extraordinary future of drone technology.

Martin Eigner

Conceptual Design Management

A major prerequisite to harnessing the power of technologies such as the Digital Twin is the ability to trace data across the entire lifecycle, powered by a fully integrated engineering backbone. However, to date such a system does not yet exist and in fact most organisations are not on track to achieving this in the near future. The obstacles are plentiful and a workable model needs to be established for the industry to follow.

Martin joins PI to present a framework for a lightweight federated PLM, a concept that focuses on creating new models and standards for cooperation based on MBSE. It allows for better traceability of data and ultimately enables the opportunities of today’s technology.

Sami Grönstrand

No More Documents in PLM?

In an ideal case, the PLM concept is optimized on digital, structured data and obsoleting documents with unstructured data.  Reality may, however, be different. Consider for example a company like Outotec – developing and selling very large investment goods and complete plants for minerals, metals and renewable energy, which could be generalized as an “Engineer to Order” business model. Project based deliveries are split to tens of supply packages containing fabricated structures, sub-systems, components, sensors, etc. All coming from different suppliers around the world, optimized both for manufacturing and logistics costs, and assembled first time at the final destination. Typically the vendors are of varying maturity level, thus necessitating document based way of working.


Outotec has embarked on the PLM journey, driving towards re-use of designs and structured data, managing product lifecycles all the way to closing the loop with IoT. Having said that, the PLM concept must still add value to current business here and now. A clear need emerged for efficient document management within PLM, and a solution was developed to combine the product structures with document management capabilities. Document automation, workflows, revisions and access control, PDF rendering, transmittals etc. also for the “non-product related” documents such as project management, scheduling, expediting, are all handled inside the solution, thus streamlining the collaboration and reducing manual labor and errors. PLM is creating business value!

Raphaël Domjan

Ocean to Stratosphere: Exploration with Solar Energy

Raphaël Domjan is an inspiring eco-explorer who has initiated and led a number of ground-breaking exploration projects utilising solar energy. As initiator of PlanetSolar, a revolutionary solar powered research vessel, he completed the first ever round-the-world solar trip. Now he has his sight set on reaching the highest altitude ever penetrated by a manned plane in his solar-powered aircraft.

Raphaël joins PI, as Initiator and Pilot of SolarStratos, to share his truly inspiring life journey of eco-exploration and his aspirations for the future possibilities of solar energy.

Andrew Wall

Design Anywhere, Build Anywhere - Integrating Systems and Processes into One PLM Concept at Airbus

Airbus Defence & Space (Earth Observation, Navigation & Science) is the result of several independent business units coming together under 1 umbrella to deliver a joined up approach for Development, Production, Launch and In-Orbit Support to a primary European customer (European Space Agency) although not exclusively. This means that over the years multiple tools, cultures processes have been inherited and form a very complex set of legacy interactions all of which could be harmonised to reduce costs and improve efficiencies.

Andrew will be joining us in Hamburg to talk about:

  • Creating a common ecosystem and one PLM concept across the Airbus Group
  • Understanding Airbus' “Design anywhere, Build Anywhere” approach and the benefits and challenges to this system
  • Integrating the global network into Airbus' PLM process
  • What are the common challenges to global systems interoperability?

Johan Stabeck, Irene Gustavsson

Addressing Progressive Business Challenges with a Flexible and Pragmatic PLM Model

Volvo Cars is heading towards a challenging and exciting future. Although sales are increasing, this does not mean it is time to lean back. New projects and products include autonomous driving, electrification, over-the-air services, new alliances and value stream thinking.

This formulates new challenges for their traditional PLM strategy view and forces the company to into a new way of thinking. Johan and Irene are joining us in Hamburg to discuss how taking this challenge on and being adaptive towards a disruptive world is going to ensure Volvo's prime position in the future.

The session covers:

  • Brief presentation of Volvo Car Group present situation and challenges
  • Vision and mission for our PLM strategy
  • Pain points
  • High level strategy plan