Fujitsu Unveils New Version of VPS to Support Product Preparation Tasks
Fujitsu, the leading Japanese Information and Communication Technology (ICT) company, unveils a new version of the Fujitsu Manufacturing Industry Solution COLMINA Digital Production Preparation VPS(1). This is a series of tools developed to support the digitization of production preparation tasks in manufacturing, by Digital Process Ltd. From today, sales will commence for the Japanese market with availability in Central Eastern Europe later. This new version has enhanced function for creating a Bill of Process (BOP) that stores and manages data such as parts, work procedures, locations, equipment & tools, and manufacturing know-how in product assembly in product preparation processes. In a nutshell, it enables top-notch and efficient product by utilizing valuable data on product assembly to assist customers receive products to market faster.
This promotion of digitization of the production preparation process in the manufacturing industry through Virtual Product Simulator (VPS) is to foster customers’ business continuity in the current era of ‘new normal’. Fujitsu aims to expand its DX (Digital Transformation) efforts in tandem with the spread of Covid-19. The company offers a full-range of technology products, solutions and services to customers while its coterie of 130,000 people across 100+ countries makes this possible. It envisions shaping the future of society through its rich experience and power of ICT. No wonder, Fujitsu witnessed consolidated revenues of 3.9 trillion yen ($35 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2020.
Some of the features of this new version of VPS include VPS Standard & VPS Manufacturing support rapid and flexible BOP creation, and VPS GP4 creates more accurate BOP by enhancing the adherence on the production line. VPS Standard and VPS Manufacturing make it possible to carry over BOP from previous models to the new models. As a result, it is possible to create process sequences and process information on VPS in half the time. Process verifications can be carried out efficiently and quickly when planning a new model or producing the same product at another plant.
VPS GP4 has added functionality that automatically places equipment on the production line. This is based on layout information and equipment names set in the product model of VPS Standard and VPS Manufacturing upon inspection of the layout of a production line. This feature reduces the time required to create a layout on a production line by 20 percent, thereby accelerating and shortening verification periods.
For the road ahead, Fujitsu plans to support the continuity of its customers’ businesses in the era of ‘New Normal’ by augmenting the functions of VPS to contribute to further digitization of production preparation tasks, and also to foster customer DX initiatives to streamline productivity.
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