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PLM & System Modeling – Flirt or Serious Engagement?

PLM & System Modeling – Flirt or Serious Engagement?

Many years ago, I’ve been following research papers of George J. Klir related to system approach in solving problems. My favorite was a system modeling hierarchy proposed by George Klir’s. If you never heard about it and you’re interested in system modeling, check out this book – Architecture of System…

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Closed Open Source PLM?

Closed Open Source PLM?

Unless you’ve been living under the rock for the last decade, you’ve heard about open source software, hardware or anything else. As such, you might be exposed to discussions about open source PLM. The debates around open source PLM went down for the last several years. I think Aras was…

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Machine Shops and Manufacturing Digital Transformation Business

Machine Shops and Manufacturing Digital Transformation Business

PLM companies are full speed ahead in digital transformation. Every vendor is advertising how their technologies will be significantly improved by applying magical “digital word” to all existing and future technologies. We are getting digital twin, digital thread, digital process. And of course digital PLM. In the past defense labs…

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Aras PLM Platform – All or Nothing?

Aras PLM Platform – All or Nothing?

Everyone speaks about the platforms these days. The word “platform” is overused, but all PLM vendors have started to use it intensively. PLM analysts and researches put a theoretical foundation of platform development. One of them is Product Innovation Platform by CIMdata. Platforms are comprised of multiple applications and integrated…

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Manufacturing, Marketplaces and Digital Lifecycle

Manufacturing, Marketplaces and Digital Lifecycle

A few days ago, I shared my thoughts about Manufacturing Marketplaces and trends beyond generative design. If you missed my article, please check it here. One of my observations – marketplaces and manufacturing automation started in silos (eg. 3D printing, CNC machining), but eventually will come to the next level…

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What is better than free PLM upgrade?

What is better than free PLM upgrade?

There are two things in business that you can find very hard to compete with. These are simplicity and free. Think about it for a few minutes you will find many examples in your personal and business life when you have been completely sold on these two things. PLM industry…

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Manufacturing Marketplaces Beyond Generative Design

Manufacturing Marketplaces Beyond Generative Design

I missed CIMdata Industry Forum this year in Ann Arbor. So, I’m catching up these days on the topic of Augmented Intelligence CIMdata discussed there. I guess, unless you lived under the rock for the last few years, you’ve heard about Generative Design. Here is a new concept is coming…

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The route towards PLM usability and lessons from Gmail Simplify

The route towards PLM usability and lessons from Gmail Simplify

Engineering and manufacturing systems are enormously complex. One of the biggest reason is information complexity. An average PLM application is managing multiple structures of data – documents, bill of materials, requirements, activities, and tasks. Everything is connected and depended. Then you connect the novel concept of digital transformation, Internet of…

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What is needed to become an “Amazon of manufacturing”?

What is needed to become an “Amazon of manufacturing”?

Engineering and manufacturing software companies have a dream to become an “Amazon of Manufacturing”. The idea is not new and has some legs. In simple words, if you’re an individual consumer I bet you’re buying at least something on Amazon these days. And the Amazon business model and value proposition…

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