Consumer Goods

Design, construction, and operation of manufacturing plants

Consumer goods companies have short engineering life cycles, moving ideas to market very quickly. This can mean mere months for time to market by aligning multi-million dollar machines, plants, and overall work processes to meet changing customer needs and expectations. With Hexagon PPM solutions for manufacturing plant design, the consumer goods industry can better design their plants, more effectively manage their plant data, improve their materials management processes, and enhance overall manufacturing plant efficiency.

At every step of the way

3D Design & Visualization

As the global economy continues to increase, fueled by increased spending in the consumer market, so too does the need to increase the capacity and extend production facilities. Hexagon PPM's plant design solutions have been used as an integral part of the planning, design, and construction of major manufacturing facilities worldwide by the leading consumer goods manufacturers using PPM's fully integrated SmartPlant® 3D plant design and SmartPlant Review visualization applications. New manufacturing facilities may now be quickly optimized using the powerful plant layout and design tools within SmartPlant 3D. Companies using PPM's plant design solutions include Procter & Gamble to support major manufacturing plant facilities' design and construction for the past three decades.


Hexagon PPM analysis solutions enhance the design engineering process because they integrate analysis with plant design to allow designers and engineers to work more closely together and seamlessly share information back and forth. This gives you the confidence that your specification-driven designs and analyses are kept in sync, which reduces error, saves engineering labor hours, and lowers costs. Our analysis solutions also automate the analyses and design of facilities that produce the materials and components that go into the manufacture of consumer goods, such as plastics, forest products, food products, and beverages.

Asset Lifecycle Information Management

For consumer goods customers, the plant must operate at optimal capacity. To meet market demands with minimal outage requires the collaboration of many disciplines, both internal and external. Coordinating the information life cycle and promoting value-chain collaboration are Hexagon PPM's Asset Lifecycle Information Management offerings.

Engineering & Schematics

An industry driven by market demands and trends needs a rigorous engineering and design solution. The consumer goods industry is based on packaged units and the need for reconfiguration based on new or enhanced product lines. SmartPlant Engineering & Schematics solutions offer the capabilities to design a consumer goods plant with packaged units and create the interconnectivities and deliverables. In addition, the software provides an easy-to-use, flexible solution for re-configuring production lines and promoting operational tasks such as maintenance.

Materials Management & Project Controls

For a typical new consumer goods facility or extension, 10 to 15 percent of the total cost is for engineering design and 50 to 60 percent of the costs are related to material. It is obvious that surplus materials caused by ineffective materials management, even to levels of only five percent, can result in the loss of millions of dollars on an average capital project. Without continuous management and project performance, it is difficult to take the appropriate corrective action to prevent schedule delays. These delays can often be even more costly when they affect the consumer goods facility owner's ability to produce and sell the product. Effectively managing these complicated business processes in an integrated environment throughout all phases of the project life cycle is vital.