Tag Archives: PLM

Leading Practices to Become a Model Based Enterprise

PLM and CAD Standards More and more companies are transforming into model based enterprises (MBE) to help ensure the completeness, accuracy and accessibility of product data. Companies that successfully consolidate the product definition, improve data quality and build trust will reap significant benefits, including fewer product design changes and reduced product development time. There are five fundamental things companies should consider ...

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Amazing PLM Governance

In this blog series, I provide insights as to why PLM has true potential to be so transformational for life sciences companies, but many aren’t getting there. We have come a long way – we have developed a defensible strategy, picked technology, and developed a change campaign. Now we need effective governance models in place to help mitigate risk, remove obstacles and ...

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Succeeding with Outsourcing? Time to Reinvest for Success!

With a hypersensitivity towards profit margins, too often companies justify outsourced manufacturing with lower costs and better-looking accounting numbers. But this cost-cutting craze is at odds with many apparel companies' long-term focus on being or becoming market leaders. While efficiency is important and outsourcing can help to reduce manufacturing costs, these companies can't cut their way to creating the next design trend. Instead...

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Why Your PLM Solution Has Not Delivered Value Yet

More than two-thirds of organizations with Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions in place don’t realize the expected value from their implementation. As PLM system implementations have become more prevalent, analysis of PLM value has shifted from the theoretical to the empirical. There is now a sufficient historical basis to examine where the promises of PLM have fallen short and why. ...

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Calling All Engineers: Beyond Form, Fit and Function for Formulated Products

Like most engineers, I learned about rules of interchangeability back in school. These rules help companies decide whether a product change should require a new item number or simply a revision of the same item number. The standard “form, fit and function” (F/F/F) definition has served the needs of discrete manufacturers well for a long time. But what about formulated products?

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Mega Capital Projects and Product Documentation: How PLM Can Help

Investment activity in infrastructure and other major capital projects has regained its upward trend following the 2008 crash. The quantity and scale of mega capital projects is encouraging for the engineering and construction industries. However, recent studies have indicated that despite the growing volume, success rates and the profitability of these projects are flat.

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Four Reasons to take a Rapid Prototyping Approach to Your PLM Implementation

Many companies view product lifecycle management (PLM) implementations the same old way they’ve viewed enterprise system implementations (like ERP) for years. As a result, companies tend to follow the same waterfall implementation approach. The waterfall approach, which originates from very structured project methodologies in the manufacturing and construction industries, is a linear and sequential approach to software implementations.

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How Connected Will Retail Become?

A major theme at NRF this year was the Internet of Things (IoT). The show floor was packed with booths showcasing beacons and talking about how retailers can be more “connected,” “intelligent,” and “smart.” The number of companies sprouting up with products intended to better connect retailers with consumers is overwhelming. Whether you are already implementing these ideas or are still trying to understand where to start, here are some recommendations.

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