Two weeks ago, I attended PI Marine 2019 in Hamburg. It was the first time this marine focused event was held, so I did not know what to expect.
Here is the description of the event:
PI Marine is dedicated to increasing productivity and efficiency across the ship design, planning and manufacturing processes. Meet and network with peers from your industry, learn how leading companies are leveraging digital assets to simulate entire systems, improving delivery cycles whilst reducing waste and rework. Participate in discussions looking at the benefits and justifications for smart manufacturing initiatives such as: automated material handling, additive manufacturing, robot welding and flexible production planning.
I was pleasantly surprised at the high calibre of both the attendees and presentations for a first-time event. The event was 100% marine focused, so the presentations and discussions with the attendees were always in context of our industry, which makes for much more relevant and worthwhile discussion. I was able to get a better sense of what companies are doing (without a marketing spin) and have some open dialog on the brutal realities of the challenges we face in our industry.
Here are my top 4 takeaways:
- Business value is changing
- Digital transformation & digital twin are understood
- Difficulties of knowing where/how to start
- Culture & people are the ignored elephants in the room