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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                               June 22, 2015 - Vol17 #11

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3rd Edition of PLM Book
Springer announced publication of Volume 1 of the 3rd edition of "Product Lifecycle Management: 21st Century Paradigm for Product Realisation".

The book explains what Product Lifecycle Management is, and why it's needed. It describes the environment in which products are developed, manufactured and supported, then addresses the Five Pillars of PLM: business processes, product data, PLM applications, Organisational Change Management (OCM) and Project Management. 

The final part of the book addresses the PLM timeline, showing the typical steps and activities of a PLM project or initiative. Details
PLM Delivery - What are the Metrics?
by Roger Tempest
During a company's search for a PLM solution, a PLM vendor will paint a picture of improved business performance, underpinned by an expensive but powerful software platform. The vendor is then asked to state exactly what the financial benefits will be.

This is where it all breaks down. The vendor cannot provide the answers without knowing some detailed facts and figures about the user's business; the user does not know how to unearth or calculate the figures; and so some kind of vague compromise is reached that (hopefully) allows the project to go ahead.

For go-ahead, a range of significant benefits must be defined. To achieve these, the user expects a certain amount of expenditure in the form of software costs, hardware costs, license fees, maintenance and support. However, the real situation is actually worse than this, because there will be customisation, documentation, bug-fixing and remedial work. The user company will probably discover that it is running a Ticketing System just to keep everything under control.

Everyone who is involved in PLM believes it is worth doing, so let's prove it. A clear system of metrics is needed that will show what a PLM implementation will deliver; predict the costs clearly; and be measurable for success when the project is completed.

We know how to define PLM metrics, with the PLM Project Justification Handbook, but we don't yet know what the metrics structure should be.

In the next few weeks the PLMIG will run a survey to determine what metrics will be most useful and important, and use the results to stage a workshop so that PLM practitioners from all parts of the industry can work together to agree on the structure.

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. More information about PLM Delivery is available via the PLMIG web site.

LinkedIn PLM Posts you may have Missed
Some recent posts on LinkedIn:
June 16, 2015. PLM: The 21st Century Product Paradigm
June 18, 2015. What's in the Scope of PLM?

PLM Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of June 19, 2015 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 559 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • W. Li (University of New South Wales, Australia); Efficiency of Manufacturing Processes: Energy and Ecological Perspectives Details
  • S. Nof, M. Moghaddam (Purdue University, USA), J. Ceroni (Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile), W. Jeong (Korea Railroad Research Institute, Uiwang, Republic of Korea); e-Work in Product and Service Development Details
  • E. Vezzetti, M. Violante, F. Marcolin (Politecnico di Torino, Italy); A benchmarking framework for product lifecycle management (PLM) maturity models Details

  • S. Myung (Youngsan University, Republic of Korea) ; Implementation Process of Enterprise PLM System Details
  • K. Larsson, F. Vidlund (KTH Stockholm, Sweden) ; Product Data Management in New Product Introduction - A Qualitative Case Study of Ericsson, PIM RBS Kista, Sweden Details
  • A. Fedotova (Bauman MSTU, Moscow, Russia), I. Davydenko (Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus) ; Ontological Modeling of Maintenance Details
  • H. Naduthodi (Anna University, Chennai, India) ; A product data management framework for the design and development of headlamps for passenger cars Details


A Purpose for PLM
by Scott Cleveland
Companies don't really purchase PLM software; they purchase a solution to a problem or problems. These problems are either costly or they are aggravating. So, companies will look for a solution to the problem.

In the case of PLM, most often the problems deal with managing engineering data or automating the engineering change process. PLM software does a fine job of managing engineering data, controlling versions and automating the engineering change process.

But, why stop there?
Make it your competitive advantage.

PLM usually begins in Engineering, but it can be really helpful to other departments as well. One such example is in Marketing for managing new product introductions [NPI].

NPI has a high level of complexity and is usually loosely managed. When developing a new product, many departments are involved. For example: Sales will put forth the customer request for a new product. Marketing will create a marketing requirements document. Engineering will create an engineering requirements document.

Manufacturing must determine manufacturability and provide their input on feasibility. Sales will provide input on pricing and market size. Finance will provide their input on profitability. Customer support will provide a plan to support the offering. And so on .... PLM software can manage all of these activities and all of this information.

Another department that can take advantage of the capabilities of PLM software is Quality Control. Procedures will be written, edited, released and followed. The process management capabilities can be very useful to Quality.

These are just a couple of examples, there are many more.

Once you have the software installed and are using it, why not look for ways to make it your competitive advantage?

Contact me if you need some help ....



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


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ANSYS, Inc. announced an agreement to acquire Gear Design Solutions, Inc. Details 


The IGE+XAO Group announced that consolidated turnover for Q3 2014/2015 was 6,962,248 euros. Details

Oracle Corp. announced fiscal 2015 Q4 results. Total Q4 Revenues were $10.7 billion. For fiscal year 2015, Total Revenues were $38.2 billion. Details



PTC announced the appointment of Klaus Hoehn to its Board of Directors. Details 


Aras announced that DWFritz Automation selected the Aras PLM platform. Details

Aras announced that JAMCO Corporation has selected Aras Innovator. Details

Aras announced that Akrapovic has selected the Aras PLM Suite. Details

AVEVA announced that SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT adopted AVEVA's Integrated Engineering & Design solution. Details

C3D Labs announced that ROSATOM has licensed the C3D kernel for use in its 3D software. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Airbus Helicopters has chosen Dassault Systemes' "Build to Operate" industry solution experience. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that its 3DEXPERIENCE platform has been selected by Aeros. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Hispano-Suiza selected Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

Engineering PLM Solutions announced that Faist implemented RuleDesigner enterprise PLM software suite. Details

Gerber Technology announced that Jacqueline Riu selected YuniquePLM. Details

Lantek announced that Tetra Pak CPS has been using Lantek Expert CAD/CAM software. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Hinowa has chosen MSC Apex. Details

PTC announced that Hasbro Inc. chose PTC Windchill FlexPLM. Details

PTC announced that Airbus Helicopters is using Windchill in the development of its H160 rotorcraft. Details 


AutoForm Engineering GmbH announced AutoFormplus R6. Details

CAD Schroer announced MEDUSA4 R6. Details

CCE announced an update of its Unified Interop for Parasolid (UIOp) libraries. Details

Concurrent Systems Inc Ltd announced the release of DDM 2015.04. Details

Datakit announced that it has expanded its range of Rhino plug-ins. Details

Delcam announced PowerMILL 2016. Details

Engineering PLM Solutions announced RuleDesigner PLM's integration to Solid Edge ST8. Details

Formtek announced that the Formtek Peer Association Extension version 2.2 is available for Alfresco 5.x. Details

GTX Corp. announced GTXRaster CAD 2016 Series for AutoCAD 2016. Details

Rasterex announced RxView & RxHighlight R17. Details

Theorem Solutions announced Publish 3D V.18 for NX users. Details

Theorem Solutions announced CADverter V.18. Details



Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced that it is collaborating with TSMC on the development of an IoT IP subsystem. Details

Dassault Systemes announced a cooperation with the National Research Foundation, Singapore. Details

Dassault Systemes announced a partnership with Safran Group. Details

Makino announced that it joined Siemens PLM Software's Solution Partner Program as a Software and Technology Partner. Details 

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PTC and Stratasys announced a collaboration. Details

Zuken announced that Quadra Solutions has become European CADSTAR Distributor of the Year for the sixth time. Details

3D Systems announced that it has partnered with e-NABLE Community Foundation. Details 


Arena Solutions announced that Arena and Blast Motion, an Arena PLM user, were named winners by Frost & Sullivan in the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Awards. Details

Autodesk announced that it joined RE100. Details

Dassault Systemes announced the launch of "Passenger Experience". Details

Dassault Systemes announced the launch of the "Perfect Product" industry solution experience. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that parts of the WiGeP-VIP group are using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

Lantek announced that its solutions optimise costs in bus and truck manufacture. Details

MachineWorks announced that it delivers hybrid manufacturing simulation. Details

Missler Software announced its 30th anniversary. Details

ModuleWorks announced that it won a national "Success through Diversity" award. Details

PROSTEP AG announced that version 8.1 of OpenDXM GlobalX has successfully completed testing performed at ERNW. Details

PTC announced that it has been named as the leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) collaboration software to aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers. Details

Siemens announced the expansion of the startup Frontier Partner program. Details

TraceParts announced that more than 13 million industrial designers are part of the engineering community with access to TraceParts CAD content. Details

3D Systems announced that it has been selected as one of Forbes' World's Most Innovative Growth Companies in the magazine's 2015 ranking. Details

3D Systems announced that GibbsCAM software for programming CNC machine tools has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2016. Details

3D Systems announced that the iSense 3D scanner is available for the iPhone. Details



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