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Dassault acquires Ortems to improve supply chain planning software

Steve Rogerson
June 14, 2016
Dassault Systèmes has acquired fellow French company Ortems so it can extend its design software platform to include supply chain planning and operations.
Ortems is a provider of on-premise and on the cloud capacity constraint-based production scheduling and dispatching software. Dassault is best known for 3D design software, 3D digital mock up and product lifecycle management products.
The acquisition of Ortems, based in Lyon, France, will extend Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform for next generation manufacturing, supply chain and delivery, by reinforcing production planning and scheduling. This will work with its Delmia Quintiq supply chain planning and optimisation software to plan, execute and optimise global industrial operations in manufacturing industries.
Ortems complements Delmia Apriso, which provides a unified experience to all users in digital manufacturing, manufacturing operations management, and supply chain planning and operations, built on a single referential data model.
Ortems’ agile manufacturing and PlannerOne products are used in the manufacturing operations management of smart factories, where a synchronised manufacturing IT system supports the link between virtual design and physical production. More than 16,000 users in 60 countries at aerospace, automotive, industrial equipment, high-tech, life sciences, packaging and consumer goods industrial companies use its products to schedule their daily production runs. Customers include AIA, Almirall, Courvoisier, Depuy, Eckes Granini, Europastry, GE Power, Givaudan, Heineken, Knauf, Mecaplast, Merck Serono, Nexans, Monin, Sanofi, Sidel, Solvay and Thalès. Ortems’ 2015 revenue was close to €5m.
“The art of manufacturing today means constantly inventing and reinventing,” said Bernard Charlès, president and CEO of Dassault Systèmes. “Advanced innovation and collaboration platforms that bring together great minds, ideas, solutions and information make this possible. In just over a decade, Ortems’ highly talented team has developed an ecosystem of technology, customers and partners in this specialised segment for large and midsize companies. We welcome Ortems’ contribution to the 3DExperience platform as we complement and extend the manufacturing experience for our customers.”
Manufacturing plants are inherently unstable due to machine stoppage, workforce and skills shortage, changing orders and supply chain disruptions. Ortems provides scheduling decision support tools to absorb the complexities of a business and to produce the optimum schedule based on unlimited what-if simulations, instantaneous interactive modifications, impact analysis and exception management to support demand and short- and mid-term production schedules. Users can automate, optimise, compare production schedules to meet delivery dates, and increase resource use and profitability.
“Manufacturers in both discrete and batch industries face critical challenges due to increased globalisation, and seek to stay ahead in a global competitive market through digital transformation,” said René Desvignes, president and CEO of Ortems. “As part of Dassault Systèmes, we can bring a unique manufacturing operations management portfolio to the market that closes the loop between process design and production execution on the shop floor, and supply chain planning in global industrial operations.”
He said that manufacturers could respond rapidly to constantly changing customer requirements by enabling agile manufacturing strategies with more flexible, connected, sustainable and smart factories.
“Ortems is a cornerstone of business transformation to become more agile and demand-driven while optimising cash and assets, as well as an effective answer to the challenge of tier-one suppliers to continuously synchronise flows with OEM manufacturers’ assembly line requirements,” said Frédéric Marcotte, supply chain senior manager of the Mecaplast Group. “Mecaplast Group chose Ortems in order to standardise and optimise the production scheduling process across our 26 automotive equipment plants in 18 countries. Following a first step defining and validating the core model in one of our facilities in Spain, 15 plants on three continents have already been successfully deployed in only ten months.”
Matthew Littlefield, president of LNS Research, added: “Advanced planning and scheduling with constraints-based optimisation is a critical component for capturing increased value from a manufacturing execution system and manufacturing operations management implementation. Our research shows that it can improve on time delivery significantly.”
The Ortems acquisition by Dassault Systèmes he said was a clear continuation of its strategy to extend beyond manufacturing simulation and address the complete set of execution and planning requirements of manufacturing customers. LNS Research expects Ortems to be synergistic with its other recent acquisitions, including Apriso and Quintiq.
And Xavier Mathias, procurement business applications leader at Airbus Helicopters, said: “Three years ago, Airbus Helicopters selected Ortems as its backbone system for planning under constraint. After several implementation projects in various functional domains around the same application instance, Ortems is fully integrated in our information systems landscape, strongly connected to SAP ERP. From sales and operations planning to daily manufacturing operations, soon Ortems will be our single tool supporting our challenges around planning optimisation.”