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Personal SWOT for PLM professionals

Personal SWOT for PLM professionals

Engineering and manufacturing software industry is well known by very high barrier to entry. It is related to specific professional manufacturing knowledge as well as experience with software products – CAD, PDM, PLM, etc. It is not easy to make a decision about what tools to learn and what job…

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PI Congress video: Things to consider when considering PLM

PI Congress video: Things to consider when considering PLM

I attended PI Congress in Dusseldorf last month. During the conference I had a chance to share my thoughts about PLM selection process. PLM landscape is changing these days. There are multiple opportunities to get PLM differently these days. Even some of my colleagues in PLM analytic community can call…

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Why 150% BOM will be obsolete in the future?

Why 150% BOM will be obsolete in the future?

Have you heard about “150% BOM”? BOM management terminology is confusing sometimes. Ed Lopategui gave a shot to explain it in his last GrabCAD blog – 150% BOM: Buy Two, Get One Free. The following passage was my favorite: A 150% BOM isn’t sorely in need of some fitness training or…

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Why BOM Management Is Complex?

Why BOM Management Is Complex?

My last post about Manufacturing BOM raised few interesting comments online and offline. One of them by Jos Voskuil  was pretty straightforward – “What is a big deal about MBM”? Jos pointed me on his earlier post – Where is MBOM? This post as well as few other articles I posted earlier…

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Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Data, Lifecycle, Process

Bill of Materials (BOM) Management: Data, Lifecycle, Process

In my recent post about bill of materials – Bill of Materials (BOM): process or technology challenge? I touched the variety of topics related to BOM organization – multiple BOMs and need to manage BOM located in different systems. My main question at the post was around how to make the…

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Part and Document Management: Why is it Complex?

Part and Document Management: Why is it Complex?

Parts and Documents are two different objects in engineering, product development and manufacturing. While “part” usually represents physical object, “document” usually represents specification, drawing or 3D model of part. Even it it sounds obvious, Document and Part management is not an easy and simple task. In my post – How…

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How to manage Document versions, revisions and Part numbers

How to manage Document versions, revisions and Part numbers

Identifications, Part Numbers, Documents, Revisions. Despite initial simplicity these terms are often create confusion in organizations and lead to additional misunderstanding. Design and Motion blog post When a version is just a version and a revision is more  made me think again about differences between document revisions / version and…

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PLM and Magic of MBOM planning

PLM and Magic of MBOM planning

Manufacturing BOM (MBOM) is an interesting topic. After all design and engineering operation,  MBOM defines how product is going to be actually manufactured. While most of PLM / ERP debates about MBOM are going around “who owns what”, the most fascinating part that I found in MBOM is related to the…

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Holidays, PLM Education and Free Math Books

Holidays, PLM Education and Free Math Books

Holidays is a time for gifts. I remember a sentence that stuck in my memory from my childhood – book is the best gift. I didn’t find documented confirmation, but I think this statement goes back to Gutenberg era. Back that time, books were very expensive and it was a…

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