What can you imagine designing and making? Dream as big or small or complex as you’d like…Someone can probably make it, and quickly. At least that’s the big impression I came back with after visiting the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) last week.
- Job shop enterprise software has much broader scope than even a few years ago. Many of these products now include some credible manufacturing execution and some have realistic costing capabilities. MESA Members Dassault, Epicor and Forcam were here.
- Product design software has moved from a hodgepodge of specialist tools to many that are either broad platform-based suites or intuitive enough for non-CAD-trained people to use them to collaborate. Some that are both. MESA Keystone Sponsors Siemens and Dassault had impressive suites to display.
- Many products for ERP, MES, PLM, and CAM now run in the cloud, a benefit for the many smaller job shops that don’t want to manage IT infrastructure and staff but do need sophisticated and secure software.
- Metrics and analytics software were also available.