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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                 November 17, 2014 - Vol16 #23

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PLM-IRF Global Research Meeting in Brussels
by Roger Tempest
 
The PLM International Research Foundation initiative has now reached the point where it needs to hold an open meeting so that the issues, practicalities and potential of advanced PLM research can be discussed in a round-table format.

A Launch Meeting will therefore be held in Brussels on 27-28 January 2015. A Draft Agenda has been published, and we are asking for comments and feedback on its content. This will help us to focus the 2-day programme for maximum effect.

The Draft Agenda includes keynotes from the European Commission and from industry. On Day 1 participants will debate the aims and potential for PLM in the future.

 
Day 2 will cover the proposed structure of the new Foundation, and attempt to establish a 'Pathfinder Group' that will develop the PLM-IRF during 2015.

This will be an entirely open meeting, for PLM practitioners from any type of organisation, and from any country. The aim is to capture the views and expertise of everyone who wants to shape the way that PLM might look in 10 or 20 years' time.

You can find more information, and send in your feedback on the Draft Agenda, via plmirf@plmig.com.


 
PLM Publication Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of November 14, Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, was the PLM publication most frequently cited in scientific journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • Citation #478;  7 November 2014; Y. Liu; Workflow Engine-driven Universal Product Lifecycle Management System Framework for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises
  • Citation #477; 31 October 2014; M. Franke et al.; Semantic Web Service Wrappers as a Foundation for Interoperability in Closed-loop Product Lifecycle Management

PLM is the management of the enterprise's products all the way across their lifecycles in the most effective way. However, at present, the PLM system in the market is not very appropriate to the small and medium-size enterprises. Workflow Engine-driven Universal Product Lifecycle Management System Framework for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises, by Yang Liu (Taishan University, China) was presented at the 2014 International Conference on Information Science, Electronics and Electrical Engineering. It presents a workflow engine-driven universal PLM system framework, which is constructed by four layers: client layer, application layer, business logic layer, data layer. This can be directly used as the PLM system, or can be used to customise the autonomy PLM system for the small and medium-size enterprises. The workflow engine-driven universal PLM system framework is implemented by Java enterprise edition and service-oriented architecture, which has the advantage of lightweight, cross-platform, and so on. Details

Closed-loop PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) is an approach to facilitating closing information loops between the individual phases and processes of the product lifecycle. These systems are heterogeneous, decentral and distributed throughout the network and over multiple lifecycle stakeholders. Stakeholders, and thus IT systems, may enter or leave the value chain of the product lifecycle. This means that many different applications, tools and corresponding data formats and standards are required to be integrated in a dynamic way, creating challenging data integration problems. The pervasive availability of relevant product information throughout the lifecycle for all stakeholders is required for the realisation of an efficient closed-loop PLM. Consequently, interoperability between the different IT systems is key to closed-loop PLM. Current interoperability approaches have several drawbacks in this regard. Semantic Web Service Wrappers as a Foundation for Interoperability in Closed-loop Product Lifecycle Management, presented at the 3rd International Conference in Through-life Engineering Services, focuses on the design and delivery of semantic interoperability services to meet the requirements of closed-loop PLM.
 

The objective is to establish a general and highly flexible information exchange between different stakeholders. For this purpose, an overview of different approaches to interoperability, including Web Services, is given. Then, interoperability problems in closed-loop PLM are discussed. Subsequently, the paper, by Marco Franke, Konstantin Klein, Karl Hribernik, Dennis Lappe, Marius Veigt, and Klaus-Dieter Thoben (BIBA - Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH) details how these syntactical and semantic integration problems are currently addressed by Web Services. To resolve the hitherto unsolved problems, an extension of Web Service technology called Web Service Wrappers is proposed. Finally, the benefits of the extension are presented on the basis of an exemplary closed-loop PLM use case. The exemplary use case addresses the information flow between the test process of an aircraft and its maintenance activities, bridging the gap between beginning-of-life and middle-of-life phases of the product lifecycle. A critical examination of the research results and an outlook towards future work conclude the paper. Details

Meanwhile, Global Product: Strategy, Product Lifecycle Management and the Billion Customer Question was cited on October 27 2014 in Ensuring Data Quality beyond Change Management in Virtual Enterprise by S. Bondar, C. Ruppert, and J. Stjepandic.

Concurrent engineering in distributed development environments like those in the automotive or aerospace industry sets enormous demands on the organisation for a close collaboration between the companies and departments involved. Seamless data communication in all phases of the product development process is a prerequisite for cost-optimal and successful collaboration processes. Automotive suppliers that develop system components for a number of different OEMs or Tier-1 suppliers face the challenge of ensuring that they make the CAD data available in the format required by their customers and with a high level of reliability and, if data translation is involved, that they take the system configuration of the respective customer into consideration. The main problem in this process chain is the insufficient data quality. Ensuring Data Quality beyond Change Management in Virtual Enterprise, published in the International Journal of Agile Systems and Management describes the approaches taken in cooperation between the supplier portal http://www.opendesc.com and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Details

 

PLM as a Strategic Asset
by Scott Cleveland
 
From Kevin Prendeville, global managing director with Accenture's Product Lifecycle Services practice: Today's competitive business environment requires that top management see PLM as a strategic corporate asset, a cross-functional, enterprise-wide business discipline that augments innovation, helps drive revenue growth, and reduces costs of everything from engineering rework to regulatory compliance.

A company can look at PLM as an overhead cost or they can look at it as a strategic asset.

For years I was told that managing engineering data was like the stepchild to engineering. Most PLM implementations start in engineering [that may be changing]. This was the last thing that engineering would spend money on. Most people in the company knew that they needed to have an engineering 'vault' to store their information. They begrudgingly financed their PLM implementation to manage data and charged it as overhead.

Look at PLM as a strategic asset
The result of a successful PLM implementation is that engineers can move from idea to design efficiently. They can trust that they have a single version of the truth. They can collaborate from that truth.

 
Changes can be managed efficiently. They can confidently pass their design information to manufacturing with a minimum of errors. This environment allows them to move from idea to design in the shortest time. They can reach the marketplace ahead of their competition or supply their customer with goods in a timely fashion.

We used to talk about throwing information over the wall to manufacturing. Today, that pass can be electronic from the PLM software to the ERP software. Manage the changes within your PLM environment and it will make sure that the single version of truth is passed to manufacturing.

PLM enables you to get the right information to the right person at the right time. Isn't that a strategic asset?

Contact me to learn more about PLM and how it can help your company ....

 

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


Products of the Intelligent Market
 
In the Products of the Intelligent Market chapter of the Smart Market book published in October 2014, Julius Golovatchev and Oliver Budde describe the consequences of the changing environment for the energy sector on the product development of smart energy products. Then they present an corresponding approach for holistic product lifecycle management (PLM).

Established companies in this industry face a tougher business environment in which the capability to introduce innovative and intelligent products and services faster to the market becomes key. The migration of customers became more dynamic, forcing energy and utility companies to retain customers through new innovative products and services. As a consequence of the growing demand for tailored products and the dynamics of technological developments, the range of added value services offered by energy and utility companies will grow and become more complex. This increases the complexity of developing, selling and retiring products in consideration of quality, time and cost. In particular, product complexity is increased through the diversity of the products and the dynamics of the market.

Complexity is an important issue for the energy industry that needs to be well-managed. Providers must be prepared to handle the ever-increasing complexity.
If they are to master the related organisational and technical IT challenges, they will have to develop a holistic product lifecycle management approach which will enable them to adapt their product portfolios quickly.

Based on their experience from several PLM implementation projects in this area, the authors propose an integrated product development and implementation framework, a PLM framework for energy providers. It's based on a modified model which has been implemented successfully in the telecommunications industry, a field which is structured similarly. The framework encompasses the four dimensions of PLM strategy, PLM process, product architecture, and PLM IT architecture. It should be used by energy providers as an orientation for their processes and products in the future.

The current results will help energy providers to develop and implement new innovative smart energy products faster and with higher quality. The approach for the management of smart energy products (PLM Framework) contributes to the appropriate configuration of innovation and product management in energy sector companies.

 


 

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Financial

 ANSYS, Inc. announced its third quarter financial results. Q3 2014 GAAP revenue was $234.0 million. Details

Cimatron Limited announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2014. Q3 revenues were $11.2 million. Details

PTC reported results for its fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2014. Q4 GAAP revenue was $367 million. FY'14 GAAP revenue was $1,357 million. Details

Rand Worldwide announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. Revenues were $20,782,000. Details

Stratasys Ltd. announced third quarter financial results. Total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was $204 million. Details

3D Systems announced third quarter revenue of $166.9 million. Details

People

Elysium Inc. announced the addition of James Martin as the Director of Business Development. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced that Joe Arezone has been appointed Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Details

Rand Worldwide announced the appointment of Lawrence Rychlak as President and Chief Executive Officer. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced the hiring of Tyler Barnes as the company's Vice President of Marketing. Details

 

Implementations

Aras announced that Cofely Energy & Infra BV selected the Aras solution suite. Details

AVEVA announced that Tekfen Engineering has migrated to AVEVA Everything3D. Details


Lectra announced Kuangda Automobile Fabric Group has chosen Lectra's Vector fabric cutting solution. Details

NGC announced that the Antigua Group, Inc. has selected NGC Software's Extended PLM. Details 

Developments

COMSOL, Inc. announced COMSOL Multiphysics 5.0. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced FARO CAM2 SmartInspect 1.2. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced the release of Brava! Enterprise 7.2.1 for IBM Content Navigator 2.0.3. Details

IronCAD announced IronCAD DCS 2015. Details

KPIT announced the release of iLink PLM Adapter for Oracle JD Edwards. Details

Lectra announced Optiplan V3R4. Details

Luxion announced KeyShot 5.1. Details

Mentor Graphics announced new capabilities including a new Functional Mock-up Interface for Flowmaster. Details

Perception Software announced AgileXPLORER Free Edition. Details

 

Relationships

Atheer announced that it has joined Dassault Systemes' Technology Partners Program. Details

Bentley Systems and Siemens PLM Software announced that they have integrated Bentley's Vortex point-cloud technology with the process simulation tools in Siemens' Tecnomatix software. Details 

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ModuleWorks and Alphacam announced that they have confirmed their partnership. Details

Zweave announced that it joined the PTC Channel Advantage program at the gold tier. Details

ZWSOFT and Luxion announced that ZWSOFT has chosen KeyShot as rendering and animation solution for ZW3D CAD/CAM software. Details 

Other

Dassault Systemes announced the launch of "Engineered to Fly," its latest aerospace and defense industry solution experience. Details

IDC anounced its "Worldwide Internet of Things 2014-2020 Forecast: Forecast Update and Revenue by Technology Split" study, forecasting a worldwide IoT market of $3.04 trillion in 2020 with an installed and connected base of IoT units of approximately 30 billion. Details

MachineWorks announced new features from the latest release, including "intelligent multithreading". Details

OpenText announced that it has been named as one of Canada's top 100 Employers for the fourth consecutive year. Details

 

 

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