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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                               July 27, 2015 - Vol17 #13

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Help Decide what PLM Delivery really means
by Roger Tempest
When you buy PLM, you should get what you pay for.  When you have implemented PLM, it should be clear to everyone that the implementation was worth doing. The difficult part is for all the stakeholders to agree that this has happened.

There needs to be a neutral, internationally-agreed structure for PLM Delivery. A clear understanding of what PLM is expected to achieve will be of benefit to everyone.

That is why the PLMIG is running a PLM Delivery Survey to capture the views of PLM practitioners. This is the first global, open poll to establish what those who are heavily committed to PLM want from their efforts. The Survey is now open, and offers you the chance to help decide what "PLM Delivery" really means.

It is important to make clear that this is not a User-only Survey. PLM Delivery involves close collaboration between a range of specialists. The Survey has been written so that it can be completed by Users of PLM or by Providers of PLM. Views from all parts of the industry are equally valuable.

Download a copy of the PLM Delivery Survey and influence the debate about successful PLM.


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via the PLMIG web site.

PLM Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of July 24, 2015 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 573 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

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

  • D. Bergsjö (Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden); The PLM user perspective: identification of user needs and their organisational impacts Details
  • R. Pinquié, P. Véron (Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Aix-en-Provence, France), L. Rivest (Ëcole de technologie supérieure, Montréal, Canada), F. Segonds (Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Paris, France); An illustrated glossary of ambiguous PLM terms used in discrete manufacturing Details


  • J. Garcia (University of Seville, Spain); Una propuesta para el uso del paradigma guiado por modelos (MDE) para la definición y ejecución de procesos de negocio Details
  • Y. Jang (McGill University, Montreal, Canada) ; Convenience matters: A qualitative study on the impact of use of social media and collaboration technologies on learning experience and performance in higher education Details


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?
June 24, 2015  Six Differences between PLM and the Previous Paradigm
June 29, 2015  Eleven Consequences of the Shift to the PLM Paradigm

July   2, 2015   If you like Products, you'll love PLM!
July   6, 2015   PLM Pains and Gains
July  10, 2015  The Road to PLM
July  13, 2015  Five Pillars of PLM
July  16, 2015  Big Data and Product Lifecycle Management (#1)
July  21, 2015  Five Pillars of PLM (#2): Business Processes
July  24, 2015  Big Data and PLM (#2)


Process Management is a Major Component of PLM
by Scott Cleveland
Early on, PLM [product lifecycle management] software companies learned from their customers that some kind of rules-based process management was a necessary component for their software to be a real solution.

Years ago, all aspects of engineering change control happened on paper.

The change request forms were on paper. Engineers typically hand-wrote the change request and passed it to document control. In the paper world, the document control department was responsible for distributing the ECR to the right person. Toward the end of this process, there was a CCB [change control board] meeting to approve or reject the request.

A paper-based change control system had some basic problems:

  • It could take as long as 2 or 3 months to approve a change request
  • The manpower of document control is an overhead expense
  • Collaboration was cumbersome. Often, engineers were unaware that a change was already pending against a drawing they were to work on
  • CCB meetings took engineers away from their tasks for hours - usually every other week
  • It could take days to find out the status of a change request
  • Since the process was manual and on paper, mistakes happened. Mistakes can be expensive in real-time and hurt your company for future business

Add together all of these issues, and you can see why the engineering change control process is the most expensive process for any manufacturing company

Process Management Provides
Control - The process management component of PLM ensures that your engineering change process is followed. The software moves the ECR to the right person at the right time. It ensures compliance so that ISO audits are a breeze. It prevents 'back door' shortcuts from happening or, at a minimum, documents them. The software can make sure that 2 people can't work on the same file at the same time.

Visibility - Users can quickly see the status of a change request. They can see who is working on the request at any moment in time. If an engineer wants to make a change to a drawing that is being worked on, they can see who has it and call them. They can quickly see what the latest version is.

Today's PLM software can ensure that the right information gets to the right person at the right time resulting in much shorter turnaround times for your change requests.

Contact me if you need some help ....



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


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AVEVA Group PLC and Schneider Electric SE announced that they have reached a non-binding agreement on the key terms and conditions of an acquisition of selected Schneider Electric industrial software assets (including, among others, the former Invensys software assets) by AVEVA. Details 


Dassault Systemes announced IFRS unaudited financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Q2 Total Revenue was 715.7 million euros. Details

EMC Corp. reported second-quarter 2015 financial results. Consolidated second-quarter GAAP revenue was $6 billion. Details

Infor announced results for its fiscal 2015. Details

SAP SE announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. Total Q2 2015 revenue was 4,970 million euros. Details



Delcam announced the appointment of Charles Jones as Industry Marketing Manager. Details

Selerant announced that Sandra Gebauer joined Selerant as the North American Director of its Regulatory and Scientific Affairs (RSA) team. Details



Centric Software announced that Paul & Shark selected Centric Software to provide its product lifecycle management (PLM) software. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that LF Corp selected the "My Collection" industry solution experience. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Elixir Aircraft chose Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

TraceParts announced that NSK chose TraceParts to offer its customers an online CAD library of its bearings and linear motion parts. Details

Zuken announced that Enics invested in CR-8000 Design Force. Details

ZW3D announced that it has been chosen by Jiangsu DaZhong Electromotor Stock Co., Ltd. Details 


BETA CAE Systems announced ANSA/Eπilysis/μETA v16.0.0. Details

CGTech announced VERICUT 7.4. Details

Delcam announced the 2016 version of its PowerMILL. Details

Dimensional Control Systems announced 3DCS Variation Analyst Version Details

eQuorum Corp. announced Version 9.1 of ImageSite. Details

Gerber Technology announced YuniquePLM V6.1. Details

Hexagon Metrology announced PC-DMIS 2015. Details

Machining Cloud announced the v1.9 Machining Cloud App. Details

Materialise NV announced the Materialise 3DPrintCloud. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced Flowmaster version 7.9.4. Details

Open Design Alliance announced the release of version 4.1 of Teigha. Details

Polygonica announced that the upcoming release of Polygonica will include functionality for automatic feature recognition on polygonal solids. Details

PTC announced new capabilities for its Integrity product family. Details

Theorem Solutions announced V18.2 of its Visualise 3D and CADverter products for CATIA V5 R25. Details



CONTACT Software announced a new partner. The AMT Group will offer CIM DATABASE PLM, Project Office and Workspaces, as well as a full range of services, to new and existing customers in China. Details

ICAM Technologies Corp. announced a PLM Solution Partner Program Agreement with Siemens. Details

Machining Cloud GmbH announced that it joined the PTC PartnerAdvantage Program. Details



The Adept Group Limited, Inc. announced Product Line Strategizing and Roadmapping In-depth Training (Sept 16-17, 2015, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL). Details

Ansys announced that Manitowoc Cranes is using ANSYS engineering simulation solutions. Details

Arena Solutions announced that the number of new enterprise deals closed in Q2 2015 grew 75 percent compared to the same period in 2014. Details

AVEVA announced that it has received the Frost & Sullivan award for Global Engineering Information Management Solutions Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that it has partnered with the National Institute for Aviation Research to open an innovation center at Wichita State University. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that it signed an agreement with the Technological University of Aguascalientes (TUA) in Mexico and the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research to establish a PLM Competency Center at TUA. Details

Gerber Technology announced that it has partnered with GE AVIATION (Suzhou). Details

Lantek announced a partnership with Air Liquide Welding. Details

Missler Software announced that it celebrated its 30-year anniversary with its employees and resellers. Details

TraceParts announced that Pentair extended its 3D product data and services for designers. Details

TU Kaiserslautern announced "7. PLM Future Tagung 2015", October 7, 2015 in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Details



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