2PLM July 3 2017


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              July 3, 2017 - Vol19 #5

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Professional PLM [3]: How It Can Be Done
by Roger Tempest
In this series of articles we have reached the view that "PLM is too important to let it be done by anyone who does not understand PLM".

This has been expanded into the premise that PLM is a specialty in its own right; of sufficient complexity that its practitioners should be certified to carry it out; and of sufficient value to the business world to warrant its being recognised as a profession. We now need to determine what steps should be taken to establish that professional status.

What we don't have today is a clear career path for PLM practitioners. There is no agreement about:-

  • what a PLM Professional should know
  • the specific skills that a PLM Professional should have
  • the experience a PLM Professional should have
  • the tools a PLM Professional should be able to use
  • the different PLM Professional roles and job titles
  • what constitutes a senior PLM Professional
  • how to evaluate a candidate for a PLM position
  • how to demonstrate PLM expertise

What we do have today are most of the building blocks that we need. There are well-established commercial and academic training programmes that are around the right level. For a professional qualification, their content would need to be reviewed so that all recognised courses meet the same agreed criteria - but nevertheless, the providers are there.   

There is at least one PLM Certification programme that is advanced enough in its detail and industrial collaboration to become the template for a new standard.

And it seems that there is tremendous pent-up demand, with many PLM practitioners tired of working in a kind of industrial "twilight" where their effort and achievements are rarely seen. They would like a vehicle to express their views and to publicise their skills and experience.

The Professional PLM initiative needs detailed input to formalise exactly what it is that makes PLM an important industry specialism. This will need face-to-face debate - preferably in a way that balances ideas from Europe and the United States.

There seem to be two ways of achieving this: either by running Workshops at which PLM practitioners can agree the aims and parameters of PLM as a profession; or by forming a Steering Group of companies that will provide a central base of support and direction.

So for the next week or so the discussion moves from the "What" to the "How". If you have any views about Workshops, locations, timing, or possible host locations; or about becoming part of a Steering Group; then please let us know via the link below.

 Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Feedback is welcome via profession@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:

  • H. Marques, D. Coelho (University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal); A Product's Generalized Life Cycle under a Design Entrepreneurship Perspective: A Case Study Details
  • C. Rivera, J. Poza, G. Ugalde, G. Almandoz (University of Mondragon, Spain); A Knowledge Based System architecture to manage and automate the electrical machine design process Details
  • M. Holler, F. Uebernickel, W. Brenner (University of St.Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland); Defining Archetypes of e-Collaboration for Product Development in the Automotive Industry Details
  • Y-M. Tai (National Pingtung University, Pingtung, Taiwan); Effects of product lifecycle management systems on new product development performance Details 

  • O. Saarinen (Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland); Consideration of environmental aspects in machinery and construction companies in South Karelia Details
  • R. Quesada Díaz (University of Skövde, Sweden); Support component reusability by integrating augmented reality and product lifecycle management Details
  • F-M. Binninger (Berlin, Germany); Managing the Diffusion of Innovations, Handbook of the Management of Creativity and Innovation Details
  • J. Xu (Sichuan University, China), L. Xu (Xihua University, Chengdu, China); Integrated System Health Management: Perspectives on Systems Engineering Techniques Details
  • D. Kyei (Maranatha University College, Accra, Ghana), A. Bayoh (Perez University College, Pomadze, Ghana); Innovation and Customer Retention in the Ghanaian telecommunication industry Details


"Basics of PLM" Online Course
The May 2017 session of the online Basics of PLM course (details), which started on May 15, has moved into its 8th and final week.

The July 2017 session of the course starts on Monday July 3 and will run until Wednesday August 30.

"Basics of PLM" is the first module in the PLM Institute's online modular training program.

The eight parts of the "Basics of PLM" course run on a weekly basis, allowing students to complete the course in about 2 months. The total student involvement for the course is about 35 hours.  

"Basics of PLM" gives a general introduction to Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) from a multidisciplinary business perspective. It covers all the main components of PLM, and will help those working with PLM in a company to understand the basics of PLM and why it's so important. Its objective is to allow them to participate more fully in a company's PLM Initiative and other PLM activities.  

Preparing to be ISO Compliant
by Scott Cleveland
ISO calls for your company to have a Quality Manual that includes documentation of all of your procedures. As you write your Quality Manual, you will uncover your requirements for any needed software.

Managing Documents
A basic user needs the ability to store documents and to retrieve them.

Beyond that, your requirements for document management should include:

  • A Secure Vault - Documentation will need to be stored securely. Only people with proper access will be allowed to 'check in' or 'check out' any documents.
  • Version Controls - Unlike MSWord, the software will not allow you to write one file over another. It should assign a new version or revision number to the file while keeping the original. A user needs to know that they have the latest released version of a document.
  • Metadata - It is best that your software provides for metadata [information about the file] so that searching for the document does not require you to know the exact name of the file.

Managing Processes
Documents within a company go through some kind of authoring process to create the initial version of a document. After that, documents go through a change process. 

These processes need to be documented and followed.

During an ISO audit, you will be required to show the auditor your documented processes. Additionally, you will be required to show [prove] that you follow those processes.

When asked about the history of a document, you will need to show how a document changed through all of the process steps. For example, you will be asked how a document went from version 1 to version 5. You will be asked to show all of the versions. You will be asked who made the changes [and if they had the proper access]. You will be asked to show approval signatures [electronic or otherwise].

Finding a Software Solution
The better your requirements document, the easier it will be for you to select a software solution. A thorough requirements document will also make it easier for the solution to be implemented.

Selecting the right software for your company is not a simple task. Contact me if you would like some help.


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


Process Management Tips
by Scott Cleveland
Process management is a big part of ISO 9001-2015 compliance. As you write your Quality Manual, you will be documenting your processes. It's likely that you will think about fixing some of those processes.

I have assembled some thoughts for you to keep in mind.

Get everyone on the same page
As with any successful project, you could use a 'champion'. The champion will get all of the players on the same page. The players need to know why this is good for the company and why this is good for them. There will be a lot of pressure on effective communications.

Your team players will need to know:

  • Why are we addressing these processes?
  • What's the driving issue or issues?
  • What's the primary goal/objective?
  • How will we define success? How will the team players know they were successful?
  • What is the role of each of the players? Why have they been selected?
  • What are the deliverables?
  • Are there any constraints?
  • What's the deadline?
  • What does the project plan look like?
  • How will the team players fit this work into the needs of their regular job?
  • What's in it for the players?


Develop an ISO Compliant Culture
Success will come easily if your champion is able to create a culture around ISO 9001 compliance.

That success will show up as increased revenues and decreased costs - what company wouldn't like that?

It can be useful to enlist help from someone that has done this before. Contact me if you would like some help.


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



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Dassault Systemes announced that it acquired a majority stake in Outscale. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. announced that it appointed Andrew Anagnost as the company's new president and CEO. Details

Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the election of Maggie Wilderotter to its board of directors. Details

EOS announced the appointment of Dr. Adrian Keppler to the position of CEO. Details

Prostep announced that management of the prostep ivip Association goes from Dr. Steven Vettermann to Dr. Alain Pfouga. Details



aPriori announced that Rafael selected aPriori for Product Cost Management. Details

Centric Software, Inc announced that Deuter Sport GmbH selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Details

Centric Software, Inc announced that Kering Eyewear selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Manabe Zoki Company Limited selected MSC Apex. Details

PTC announced that Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. adopted PTC Service Parts Management SaaS. Details

Sopheon announced that California Olive Ranch Inc. selected and deployed Accolade Express to enhance the management of its new product development (NPD) processes. Details 


CAD Schroer announced MPDS4 and MEDUSA4 Version 6.2. Details

Corel Corp. announced CorelDRAW Technical Suite 2017. Details

EOS announced EOSTATE Exposure OT. Details

International TechneGroup Incorporated (ITI) announced CADfix Plant & Process Simplification. Details

Lantek announced its Global Release 2017. Details

Lectra announced Versalis LeatherSuite V6. Details

Mastercam announced that Mastercam is now connected to MachiningCloud. Details

NEC Corp. announced industry-specific Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) templates for Obbligato III. Details

Open Design Alliance (ODA) announced version 4.3 of Teigha. Details

PDF3D announced PDF3D V2.14. Details

Siemens announced STAR-CCM+ version 12.04. Details

Tacton Systems announced a new version of Tacton solutions for SAP. Details

TechniaTranscat announced Lite3D product portfolio 2017.3. Details

Theorem announced Visualize 3D Creo-JT V19.4. Details

Theorem announced Visualize 3D SolidWorks-JT V19.4. Details

Zuken announced CADSTAR 18. Details



The Altair Partner Alliance announced the addition of Additive Works' Amphyon to its software offering. Details

ANSYS and Synopsys announced a partnership. Details

Dassault Systemes and Airbus APWorks GmbH announced a partnership. Details

Dassault Systemes announced a partnership with AVIC. Details

ModuleWorks announced cooperation with ZEISS on a unified CAD/CAM solution for ultra-precision machining. Details

TraceParts announced that it teamed up with SamacSys. Details

Vera announced partnerships and product integrations with Autodesk and PTC. Details



Altair announced it acquired Carriots S.L. Details

AMC Bridge announced that it was certified for Autodesk Inventor 2018 software. Details

AMC Bridge announced that it was certified by Autodesk as a member of the Forge Systems Integrators program. Details

ANSYS announced an integrated solution available from KRONO-SAFE and ANSYS. Details

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced that the "Distinguished DFMA Supporter of the Year" award, offered annually at the Boothroyd Dewhurst International Forum on Design for Manufacture and Assembly, was given this year to Fred Johnson, senior technical cost engineer at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. Details

CONTACT Software announced that it makes use of open-source components, including the open programming language Python. Alongside C++, Python forms the basis for CONTACT's development environment and software stack. Details

Creaform announced that it will extend its expertise in non-destructive testing to the aerospace industry. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that it is helping PSA Retail. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that the Swiss University of Applied Sciences Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie is using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

EPLAN announced EPLAN Preplanning version 2.7. Details

IronCAD announced an update to Multiphysics for IronCAD. Details

John Stark Associates announced that in Q2 2017 Google Scholar added 31 journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation. This compares to addition of 40 in Q2 2016. The total for the first six months of 2017 was 73, compared to 69 in the first six months of 2016, and 53 in the first six months of 2015. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Actran was awarded the 2017 Institute of Acoustics Peter Lord Award. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced a reinforced commitment to supporting the open file formats and open source tools represented by the OpenDRIVE, OpenSCENARIO, and OpenCRG standards. Details

PTC announced that it received the 2017 Compass Intelligence Awards for Industrial Internet of Things Company of the Year (IIoT) and IoT Innovative Product of the Year Vendor for the Consumer Market. Details

Roima announced Roima Newsletter 3. Details

Siemens and the University of South Carolina announced an in-kind grant of Siemens hardware and software with a commercial value of $628 million. Details

Siemens announced that a team of researchers, led by Siemens Corporate Technology, and including Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, was selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to participate in their Transformative Design (TRADES) Program. Details



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