Extended – Product Lifecycle Management – Presented by Herman Smits, USG Engineering & Martin Arens, Thales

Extended – Product Lifecycle Management – Presented by Herman Smits, USG Engineering PLM&CAD & Martin Arens, Thales-Nederland, at the Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference on November 08, 2017, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

At the High Tech Systems Park in Hengelo, Thales has established the Smart Industry FieldLab ‘the Garden’ with a number of parties. Within ‘the Garden’ there are currently four projects executed. One of these projects is about introducing and implementing Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in the industry. Martin Arens, Project Manager E-PLM and Herman Smits Business Development Manager USG Engineering, take you into what is being developed in the E-PLM project. Not only the technical content and tooling side are exposed, but also the work processes and skills of people to collaborate and share knowledge.

Herman SmitsAbout Herman Smits
After a career in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Mr. Herman Smits moved into the areas of PLM and IoT.

As a BDM for a specialized team of consultants and member of the Steerco E-PLM, he signals the merge of digital – and physical worlds and the opportunities it offers industrial companies.


Martin ArensAbout Martin Arens
Carrier started more than thirty years ago at Hollandse Signaal Apparaten (now Thales).

Experienced in radar development, software engineering, process improvements, managing international departments, project management and organizational changes.

Interested in sports like football, tennis, skiing, running, cars and motorcycles. Team player, creating structure, connecting people and NLP practitioner.

USG EngineeringAbout USG Engineering PLM&CAD
PLM&CAD is a team of highly specialized consultants with focus on services based on PTC software (Windchill, Creo, ThingWorx).

The team is engaged in large, global PLM deployments, and also in smaller IoT proofs-of-concept. Augmented Reality (AR) for industrial companies is one of the new focus areas.


thalesAbout Thales-Nederland
Thales is an international company with 64.000 people in 56 countries active in Aerospace, Space, Ground transportation, Defence and Security.

In The Netherlands, Thales employs almost 2000 staff members and is active in military radars, command & control solutions, communication equipment, e-ticketing, cyber security solutions and cryogenic coolers.

Intelligent Sensor Networks ConferenceAbout Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference
The Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference will take place on Nov 08, 2017, at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Sensors and sensor networks are becoming more and more essential for industrial or business use. Real time information from ‘the real world’ to support decision making and control of vital processes will be an integral part of business processes.

The 8th edition of the international Intelligent Sensor Networks Conference will focus on the following areas:

  • Industrial Internet / Smart industry / Industry 4.0 (Industrial process control)
  • Smart infrastructure (from buildings to bridges)