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Dassault Systèmes brings improved data traceability to high tech

In this week's news roundup, read about Dassault Systèmes' new traceability software for high tech, 3D Systems' scanner for iPad, and the growing focus on supply chain risk management.

Dassault Systèmes targets high-tech with traceability, containment package

French vendor Dassault Systèmes announced the release of its new Global Traceability and Containment software for high-tech manufacturers this week. The package, part of the DELMIA Apriso line of manufacturing operations management software, is designed to improve the tracking and containing of adverse quality events. Global Traceability and Containment consolidates product and event data from multiple plants, partners and disparate systems and organizes them into one repository with real-time data access, according to the release.

"Long-term success in the high-tech manufacturing industry is heavily dependent upon speed and lead time," said James Mok, DELMIA industry director for high tech at Dassault Systèmes. "This new solution lets high-tech manufacturers accomplish both, resulting in dramatically higher production yields and quality."

Manufacturing software vendor Apriso was acquired by Dassault Systèmes in 2013.

3D Systems adds scanners to its portfolio

Global 3-D printing company 3D Systems has released its latest product, the iSense 3D scanner for Apple's iPad. Available now for pre-order on Cubify, the scanner allows users to scan and upload digital copies of any physical object or environment, which can then be printed as 3-D models, the company said.

To create a digital scan, users attach the iSense scanner to an iPad and walk around the object to scan it. The image file can then be cropped and enhanced before printing. Users can print with their own 3D Systems printer or through the company's cloud print services.

Companies taking supply chain risk management seriously, study says

A new report from Accenture shows that more businesses are realizing the importance of supply chain risk management. According to the report, titled "Accenture Global Operations Megatrends Study – Focus on Risk Management," 61% of business leaders now consider risk management to be a critical component of their supply chain strategies.

The report also found that companies are centralizing responsibility for supply chain risk management, with 43% having a centralized risk-management plan that is led by a C-level or vice president-level executive. Those identified in the report as supply chain "leaders" were said to be nearly three times as likely as other companies to have plans in place for increasing their investment in risk management by 20% or more in the next two years.

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