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Why PLM is failing to manage multi-disciplinary BOM?

Why PLM is failing to manage multi-disciplinary BOM?

Products are getting complex these days. Look on every small electronic gadget in your hands. It is actually combined from multiple pieces – mechanical parts, plastics, electronic and software. Traditionally you are using separate tools to design these parts – MCAD, PCB design, software tools. Then it gets tricky a…

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Active Workspace: The transformation of search user experience

Active Workspace: The transformation of search user experience

To access product information is one of the most important roles of PLM system. Time ago, organizing data in folders was good enough solution. Not anymore. Google changed the way we think about accessing information. Searching engineering and manufacturing software is tricky. There are many things that influencing the way…

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How to stop blaming engineers for PLM sales problems

How to stop blaming engineers for PLM sales problems

It is hard to sell PLM. Sigh… Even today. Even with all modern open source, cloud, browser, web, mobile, big data, SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and other cool product and technological buzzwords. How to get PLM right? Startups and large companies are trying to bring new ideas and products to the…

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Cloud CAD will have to solve PDM problems at first place

Cloud CAD will have to solve PDM problems at first place

The race towards CAD in the cloud is getting more interesting every day. I’ve been watching SOLIDWORKS World 2015 live streaming┬áthis morning. Overall SOLIDWORKS show was very impressive, as usual. I look forward to keep watching it following days. However, what caught my special attention today is a presentation of…

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What I learned about PLM from six years of daily blogging

What I learned about PLM from six years of daily blogging

Here is my personal story about blogging. I started to blog more than six years ago. The idea of blogging came to me from intensive meetings with customers that I had as Dassault SmarTeam CTO. I spent time discussing implementations and problems customers are experiencing with PLM solutions. These discussions…

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How to transform old CAD-PDM integration paradigms

How to transform old CAD-PDM integration paradigms

Integration of CAD and PDM is a field with long history of battles, innovation and failures for the last 15-20 years. You can hardly undervalue the importance of integration between CAD and data management tools. For some time in the past CAD and PDM were separate systems. Engineers had to…

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Multiple dimensions of BOM complexity

Multiple dimensions of BOM complexity

Bill of Material topic is getting more attention these days. No surprise. BOM is a center of universe in manufacturing (and not only) world. People can disagree about terminology applied to BOM management. Depends on a specific domain people can call it part list, specification, formula. But at the same…

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MBOM collaboration and cost of change

MBOM collaboration and cost of change

The only thing that is constant is change. This is very much applies to everything we do around BOM. Engineering and manufacturing eco-system are full of jokes about engineering changes. You maybe heard about renaming “engineering change order” into “engineering mistake order” as well as the correlation between number of…

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Manufacturing BOM dilemma

Manufacturing BOM dilemma

Manufacturing process optimization is one of the biggest challenges in product development these days. Companies are looking how to low the cost, optimize manufacturing process for speed and to deliver large variety of product configurations. The demand for these improvements is very high. The time when engineering were throwing design”over…

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Part management is stuck between PLM and ERP

Part management is stuck between PLM and ERP

Few days ago, the discussion about PLM revenue model took me into part management route. This is not entirely related to revenue and business models, but my readers mentioned part cost reduction as one of the most visible ways to present PLM ROI. I have to agree, to manage parts…

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