ABB and Dassault Systèmes have formed a global partnership to offer customers in digital industries unique software solutions.
The partnership will combine the strengths of ABB Ability digital solutions and Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
ABB has already adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to model and simulate its solutions before delivering them to its customers.
With the new partnership, ABB will develop and provide customers with advanced digital twins, enabling customers to run ABB’s solutions and their operations with improved overall efficiency, flexibility and sustainability.
The companies will, in a staged approach, focus on factory automation and robotics, process industry automation, as well as electrification solutions for smart buildings.
The first joint solutions will be showcased at the upcoming industrial Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany from April 1-5.
Innovation and growth
“This game-changing partnership will serve our customers to lead in innovation and growth, fundamentally transforming their entire value chain to tap the vast opportunities of industrial digitalization,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer in a statement.
“Together, we are offering an open, end-to-end digital portfolio – from digital twin to asset health – that gives our customers a competitive edge, building on our combined offering, domain expertise and global reach,” he said.
“ABB is adding Dassault Systèmes to its strong partner network for industrial digitalisation, including Microsoft, HPE and IBM. We look very much forward to working with the entire global Dassault Systèmes team to drive innovation and customer value.”
Bernard Charlès, Vice Chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes said industry success is no longer determined simply by the ability to manufacture goods.
“Today’s leaders will be determined by superior mastery of technical know-how,” he said.
“This is the new competitive differentiator and it’s happening now due to a convergence of digital technologies that are transforming every aspect of industrial business.
“Our partnership with ABB will draw from decades of combined expertise to help customers make the most of this powerful and dynamic trend.”
The partnership will initially focus on:
Factory automation and robotics
Digital twin experiences for end-to-end optimization of processes and systems, combined with the flexibility of robotics automation, will give factories the agility to adapt to increasingly dynamic markets.
This includes ready-to-operate manufacturing solutions and services, along with joint consulting for industrial business transformation, to optimize and speed the launch of new products.
Electronics makers can increase the production of new but short-lived products quickly, while food processors can alternate between locally tailored seasonal offerings while producing at high speed.
In highly automated industries such as automotive, the digital twin experience of factories allows an integrated design and manufacturing environment to support new assembly processes with flexible and reconfigurable cells.
It also makes it possible to link separate systems, such as connecting logistics automation systems to robots at work on manufacturing lines that rely on precise parts delivery for optimal production performance.
The digital partnership between Dassault Systèmes and ABB around digital twin systems will enable a seamless workflow during design, engineering and operation of buildings, as well as connected sustainable transportation solutions.
The available information, in combination with Dassault Systèmes’ virtual universe 3DEXPERIENCE, also allows greater customer interaction during the design specification phases and operation.
Through the new partnership the two companies will provide customers an end-to-end offering of advanced open digital solutions.
This will enhance competitiveness, while increasing flexibility, speed and productivity.
ABB has already a strong digital solution offering within the industry through its offering ABB AbilityTM.
Launched in 2017, it offers more than 210 digital solutions to plan, build and operate industrial operations with higher productivity and safety at lower costs.
Dassault Systèmes works with companies of all sizes in 11 industry sectors.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform integrates technologies and capabilities into one cohesive digital innovation environment to deliver digital continuity.