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Intelligent part number is dead. Long live meaningful attributes?

Intelligent part number is dead. Long live meaningful attributes?

Part numbers are hard. What started as a simple number and references to a part company usually purchase from a supplier, turned out as a complex data management problem with high level of integration complexity. Part number is a fundamental element of all processes in manufacturing company – started from design…

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Save button is dead. Welcome to product lifecycle.

Save button is dead. Welcome to product lifecycle.

It is official. There is no need to have “save” button in a modern design software. The software is smart enough to take care of saving your work into local or cloud storage. Actually, you don’t want to take care of that differences too. If you are “connected”, the changes are…

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Existing PDM paradigm is dying in the hands of Onshape

Existing PDM paradigm is dying in the hands of Onshape

Old concepts are sticky. Think about QUERTY keyboard. It was designed almost 150 years ago with a special reason – to prevent typewriter hammers to jam.  Characters were mounted on metal arms or type bars, which would clash and jam if neighboring arms were pressed at the same time or…

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Part Numbers. Intelligent & Dumb. Can we have both?

Part Numbers. Intelligent & Dumb. Can we have both?

I think, most of PLM people are considering the fight about pros and cons of intelligent numbers is only related to product development and manufacturing. But the problem is more generic. It is about every number in enterprise software. Account number, order number, support ticket, etc. Thanks for Ed Lopategui that brought…

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The future of the part numbers transparency

The future of the part numbers transparency

Back to New Year celebration, I bought the iTwinkle Light made by GE in Home Depot. It has many features, connects to your smartphone to control light patterns, sound, stream music, etc. But, unfortunately, I had few broken lights or cable or some cable disconnect. In general, it is not a…

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From intelligent part numbers to part number intelligence

From intelligent part numbers to part number intelligence

One of the fundamental things in product development and lifecycle is related to part numbering schemas. The discussion about part numbers is always emotional. Sometimes it feels like a disagreement about picking your child name. The dilemma is usually presented as “intelligent vs. non-intelligent” part numbers. You can read few recent…

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Why standards is not a silver bullet to create PLM innovation platform?

Why standards is not a silver bullet to create PLM innovation platform?

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many to chose from. Engineering.com article Moving Towards Product Innovation Platforms put a great deal of focus on opportunity to use standards to solve the problem of data integration and interoperability in product development, engineering and manufacturing. I captured few very…

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How chip in every physical item will change PLM platforms?

How chip in every physical item will change PLM platforms?

The sensors are getting smaller and more efficient. The last BGR blog featured remarkable new sensor chip pulls power out of the air so it never needs to be charged. The Telegraph article – Marc Andreessen: ‘In 20 years, every physical item will have a chip implanted in it’ few days ago…

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How to close PLM-IoT loop?

How to close PLM-IoT loop?

My recent article “What is wrong with PLM of Things? led me to have discussions online and offline about integration of IoT and Product Lifecycle Management applications. In general, I think, the topic is still hugely misunderstood and the level of confusion among technological vendors, manufacturing companies and average consumer is very high….

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What is wrong with “PLM of Things”?

What is wrong with “PLM of Things”?

CAD and PLM companies are in a full swing to embrace IoT technologies. Why not? IoT is probably the most visible hype in technology and industry these days. And it is easy to understand. Just look around – everything from thermostat to toothbrush is connected to internet.  Every day we…

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