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BOM and global manufacturing options

BOM and global manufacturing options

Everything becomes global these days. The same applies to manufacturing. It comes in variety of forms. To compete in a global market, manufacturing companies are looking how to leverage global locations for low cost labor, bringing manufacturing closer to customers across the globe and many others. These and many other…

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What Aras “great fanfare” means for PLM industry

What Aras “great fanfare” means for PLM industry

Aras is probably doing something right. At least this is an immediate thought that comes to my mind when I see a line of press releases with announcements about significant deals or agreements. The last one about Aras and Airbus partnership just came few days ago – Airbus and Aras…

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Configurable BOM – an ultimate PLM platform test?

Configurable BOM – an ultimate PLM platform test?

Platformizaiton in PLM is an interesting trend. If this is a first time you hear about “platformization”, you are not alone. The term was “coined” by CIMdata – analytical and consulting outfit focusing of PLM and manufacturing. You can read more here – Platformization: The next step in PLM’s evolution….

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The role of Bill of Materials (BOM) in PLM competition

The role of Bill of Materials (BOM) in PLM competition

It is hard to overestimate the value of bill of materials (BOM) in product design, engineering and manufacturing. It is everywhere – product design and configuration, engineering, manufacturing, operation, etc. BOM is equally important and complex. In my earlier articles, I touched multiple dimensions of BOM complexity¬†– disciplines, product lifecycle,…

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When BOM is not BOM

When BOM is not BOM

Bill of Materials (BOM) is a central part of everything in product development. Sometimes, people call it product structure. Manufacturers are using BOM to define list of raw materials, parts and sub-assemblies with corresponded quantities need to manufacture a product. This is over simplistic definition. As usual, devil is details…

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How to migrate into “future PLM platform”?

How to migrate into “future PLM platform”?

One of the topics I touched in my yesterday post about future PLM platforms¬†is platform migration. The ability of customer to make a move is significantly dependent on how existing environment can be migrated. You can catch up on some of my earlier thoughts about PLM migrations by reading the…

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Why unbundle 3D is hard for PLM vendors?

Why unbundle 3D is hard for PLM vendors?

Unbundling is an interesting trend in many industries these days. It is relatively new marketing and business activity that helps to create new business offering, packages and product configurations. In many situations “unbundling” is a disruptive factors in many industries. Here is how it explained in Wikipedia article: Unbundling is…

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Bill of Materials (BOM): process or technology challenge?

Bill of Materials (BOM): process or technology challenge?

The importance of Bill of Material in product development and manufacturing hardly can be undervalued. BOM is a cornerstone of almost all processes and activities – from early requirement and design and to manufacturing, services and support. Therefore, efficient BOM management is an absolutely important element of product development processes….

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PLM and Integrated Project and Process Tools

PLM and Integrated Project and Process Tools

Let me start today from asking you a question. How do you run your company? Regardless on size, scale and nature, the answer is simple in my view – processes and projects. It won’t surprise you if I say sometimes projects go out of schedule, and processes are stuck. Every…

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From PDM to PLM: Unify or Integrate?

From PDM to PLM: Unify or Integrate?

Earlier, this year, I post a blog called – Integrated PDM and PLM: Wrong Question? In the beginning, this blog post was inspired by Jonathan Scott’s presentation on SolidWorks World 2011. Aras EPLM announcement last week, made me think a bit more about PDM / PLM trends. The idea of…

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