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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                           December 18, 2017 - Vol19 #14

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Final Issue of 2PLM
The end of 2017 sees the last issue of 2PLM.

PLM remains a key strategic issue for companies wanting to manage products successfully across their lifecycles. But, at the end of 2017, for most system vendors and integrators, the focus is on selling Industry 4.0 and Digitalisation, with PLM a side issue.

2PLM has typically been 50% about PLM Market News, and 50% about application of PLM. With PLM Market News steadily decreasing thoughout 2017, the year end seemed an appropriate time to cease publication of 2PLM.    

Here's a brief overview of its history. The first issue of 2PLM appeared on April 8, 2002. Before then, it was called 2PDM. The first issue of 2PDM appeared on August 31, 1998. Prior to 2PDM, there was the Engineering Data Management Newsletter. Here's a copy of the charter issue (October 1991) of the EDM Newsletter.

If you want to stay in contact with frequent contributors, please connect on LinkedIn with: Scott Cleveland; John Stark

Roger Tempest can be contacted via the PLMIG and the Professional PLM Initiative.


Professional PLM Round Table Meets in Wolfsburg
by Roger Tempest
Having formed a Round Table of leading PLM practitioners to provide a worldwide, email-based platform to debate the future of Professionalism in PLM (2PLM November 27), the Professional PLM Initiative will stage a 2-day face-to-face event in January.

This workshop-style meeting will be held in Wolfsburg, Germany on 30-31 January 2018. It will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Richard Baumann of the Volkswagen Group, explaining the benefits for engineering and manufacturing companies of professionalising PLM.

This is more than just a chance to meet and network. Volkswagen Group is part of a consortium that has been developing a formal structure for training and certification in PLM for some time. The consortium has been dealing with the issues of how to meet the need for highly skilled PLM experts within the changing industrial landscape of 'Digital' and smart manufacturing. 

The Round Table Workshop extends this to an international level, placing the Keynote within a structured Agenda that covers all of the issues surrounding the development of an international, unified PLM Profession.

The Workshop is open to PLM practitioners of any organisation, of any type, located anywhere in the world. It is part of a programme that will run throughout 2018, so that its results may form a platform for further moves towards establishing a profession for PLM.

You can see the details and find the datasheet on the PLMIG web site.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. He can be contacted at roger.tempest@plmig.com.


PLM Citations
Google Scholar shows journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication.

Citing publications referenced since the previous issue of 2PLM include:

  • K-H. Koskinen (Aalto University, Finland); Lifecycle information management in a product information model Details
  • B. Moriset (Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, France); The Digital and the Reshaping of Traditional Economies Details
  • T. Tamminen (Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland); PLM:n käyttö alihankintaverkostoissa Details
  • R. Ithiru (USIU Africa, Nairobi, Kenya); Strategic Responses to Changes in Business Environment: Case Study of Britam Insurance Company in Kenya Details

  • Y. Sharma, S. Mangla, P. Patil, S. Uniyal (Graphic Era University, Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India); Analyzing Sustainable Food Supply Chain Management Challenges in India Details
  • M. Okano (Centro Estadual de Educacao Tecnologica Paula Souza, Sao Paulo, Brazil), M. Fernandes, O. Vendrametto (Paulista University, Sao Paulo, Brazil), O. Sobral dos Santos (Potiguar University, Natal, Brazil); How new IT trends are being accepted in P/OM? Details
  • G. Vazquez-Martinez, J. Gonzalez-Compean, V. Sosa-Sosa, M. Morales-Sandoval (Cinvestav Unidad Tamaulipas Research Center, Ciudad Victoria, Mexico), J. Carretero Perez (Carlos III University, Madrid, Spain); CloudChain: A novel distribution model for digital products based on supply chain principles Details


Basics of PLM Course: First Year Summary  
The first session of the online Basics of PLM course began a year ago. Since then, there've been 25 students. From 9 countries. Completion rate is over 80%. Students have come from the automotive, automotive supplier, chemical, electronics, FMCG, mechanical engineering and medical device sectors. And from system vendors and integrators. The countries with most students are the USA and Germany. Since the initial December 2016 session, the course has been upgraded, but the course fee reduced to $800.  
Among recent feedback: "Excellent class"; "I wish I'd taken this before we selected a PDM system"; "helpful discussions with experienced instructor"; "ideal for PLM Team members".

The Geneva PLM Institute announced that the January 2018 session of the online "Basics of PLM" course will start on Monday 8 January 2018 and run until Friday 2 March 2018.


Preparing for your ISO 9001-2015 Audit
by Scott Cleveland
The focus of ISO 9001-2015 is the adoption of a quality management system. Compliance with ISO 9001-2015 is a strategic decision for a manufacturing organization that can help to improve its overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives. It can also help increase sales.

ISO 9001-2015 calls for roughly 40 procedures to be written and followed. Your company may already be following some of these, the others will need to be written. There are no standard procedures. Each company is different either by industry sector, culture or because of a different set of employees.

Companies will write procedures that fit their culture and fit with their employees within their environment. As you might imagine, this isn't a simple task.

When you've written a procedure, it's best to have the people that will need to follow the procedure walk through it to make sure that it's accurate and that it works in your environment. This will be an iterative process.

You will need to do this with each of your 40 or so procedures. As you work through these, you will be updating your quality manual.

It's important for companies to perform an internal audit. It's not likely that you will have covered everything in your first [or more] attempt. An internal audit will provide the input you need to pass an audit.

The Audit
The Auditor will want to see the written procedure. They'll want to see that you follow that procedure. They may want to speak with the person following the procedure. They'll want to see documents used to start the procedure and they'll want to see documents produced as a result of the procedure. They'll need to see the signatures that prove the procedure was followed.

The Objective of Compliance
Continually improve the effectiveness of a company's quality management system so that it can provide the ultimate in customer satisfaction. Compliance should contribute to increased revenues and higher profits.

Need some help? Please contact me if you would like to explore this further.



Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387 




PLM News

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Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Revenue was $515 million. Details

IGE+XAO announced consolidated turnover for 1st quarter 2017/2018 of 7,329,321 euros. Details



Centric Software, Inc announced that MORE & MORE selected Centric Software to provide its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

Omnify Software announced that 6 River Systems selected and implemented the Empower PLM solution. Details 


Centric Software, Inc announced its Showroom mobile app. Details 


Arena Solutions announced a partnership with BrightReps. Details 


Centric Software, Inc announced that Mud Pie implemented Centric Software's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Details

CONTACT Software GmbH announced a new White Paper - "Analytics: How to predict anything". Details

Hexagon PPM announced that UniKL MICET selected engineering and design solutions from Hexagon PPM. Details

John Stark Associates announced that in Q4 2017 (between October 1 and December 15), Google Scholar added 41 journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation. This compares to addition of 39 in Q4 2016.
The total for 2017 (between January 1 and December 15) was 145.
This compares to 138 in 2016, and 115 in 2015. Details

On 1 September 2017, the UK Food Standards Agency announced that Asda is recalling its ASDA Classic Fish Pie because a small number of ASDA Classic Fish Pies have been identified as containing ASDA Pulled Chicken and Bacon Pie. ASDA Chicken and Bacon Pie contains mustard which is not mentioned on the label. Details

On 29 November 2017, the UK Food Standards Agency announced that Morrisons is recalling Traditional Chicken & Mushroom Pie because a small number of packs have been identified to contain Fish Pies. The Fish Pie contains fish and mustard which are not mentioned on the label. Details



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