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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                              January 16, 2017 - Vol18 #19

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PLM Strategy for IoT
2016 saw increasing activity around Industrie 4.0, the Internet of Things and Digital Transformation. This raised the question of how these fit with PLM. To answer the question, a 2-day PLM Strategy for IoT Workshop will be hosted by Detecon in Cologne, Germany on 14-15 February, 2017.

This participative Workshop is intended for all those working in PLM, whether users, vendors, systems integrators or consultants. 

It will create a practical working framework in order to plan for PLM over the next 5 years.

Full details of the Workshop can be downloaded here. The Registration Form can be downloaded here.


PLM Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of January 13, 2017 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 751 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

Volume 2, Product Lifecycle Management: The Devil is in the Details, had been cited 21 times.

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

  • M. Holler, F. Uebernickel, W. Brenner (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland); Challenges in Product Lifecycle Management - Evidence from the Automotive Supply Industry Details
  • S. Goto, O. Yoshie, S. Fujimura (Waseda University, Kitakyushu, Japan); Internet of things value for mechanical engineers and evolving commercial product lifecycle management system Details

  • O. Wijk, P. Andersson, T. Righard (Systecon, Stockholm, Sweden), J. Block (Saab Support Services, Linköping, Sweden); Phase-Out Maintenance Optimization for an Aircraft Fleet Details
  • M. Medrano González (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA); Analysis of product development toolsets for electrical distribution systems in the automotive industry : a study inside an original equipment manufacturer Details
  • M. Holler, F. Uebernickel, W. Brenner (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland); Understanding the Business Value of Intelligent Products for Product Development in Manufacturing Industries Details


What is Product Lifecycle Management [PLM]?
by Scott Cleveland
When discussing PLM, pundits tend to go straight to PLM software, but that is not what it is. Product lifecycle management is about managing all of the information that supports the engineering, manufacturing, sales and support of a product or service from its inception through its end of life.

Think about creating and manufacturing something like a cell phone - here is a list of some of the information you might need to manage:

Engineering Requirements - Product requirements gathered from your potential customer base. What do they want it to do? How do they want it to work?
Marketing Requirements - What things might be needed in the product in order to sell it? What are the potential marketing trade offs? If you meet all of the requirements, the product may be too expensive to sell.
Design - Engineering will design the product based on the requirements they receive. It will likely go through several iterations of testing and approvals.
Approvals - Manufacturing must be able to manufacture the product. Finance must be sure that they can make a profit on the product. Marketing must be confident that their requirements are met.
Manufacture - Manufacturing needs floor space, manufacturing equipment, a bill of materials, a manufacturing instruction package, parts, tools, labor, etc.
Testing - The product must be tested for many reasons: you don't want the batteries to catch fire; the product needs to work as designed/planned; it must be able to be supported; etc.

Marketing - Marketing must prepare plans for their new product introduction. They must have sales materials like flyers, demonstrations, user guides, advertising campaigns, etc.
Sales - In the case of cell phones, sales must create joint marketing/sales with cell phone service providers, manage the potential channels, etc.
Support - Support must create detailed plans for supporting the product and be ready to go at first sale.
Change Management - All manufacturing companies need to have a change control procedure in place. If you do this manually, you will assign a number to the change request and gather all of the associated information needed to make that change. Then all of these departments will get involved again for approvals.

This list isn't intended to be comprehensive; it's intended to get you thinking about your own product information.

As big a project as this is, PLM software can make it easier to manage all of this information.

I can help with you with your product information ....


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



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AVEVA Group plc announced that James Kidd was appointed Chief Executive. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the appointment of Martin O'Brien as vice president of the company's Integrated Electrical Systems Division. Details



Aras announced that LORD Corporation selected Aras Innovator. Details

Centric Software announced that Uniek chose Centric PLM. Details

Centric Software announced that Crocs chose Centric PLM. Details

Centric Software announced that Ackermans chose Centric PLM. Details 


AMC Bridge announced TrimbleConnect-for-SOLIDWORKS. Details

aPriori announced a new module that automates the cost calculation of Printed Circuit Board Assembly. Details

CAD Schroer announced version 2.2 of M4 ISO Isometrics for PTC Creo Piping. Details

Centric Software announced Centric PLM 6.0. Details

Datakit announced a new interface: a library to read the IFC format (Industry Foundation Classes). Details

Formtek announced Version Browser Extension version 2.3 for Alfresco 5.1.x. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. introduced Mentor Safe. Details

Open Design Alliance announced the release of version 4.2.2 of Teigha. Details

PTC announced FlexPLM Design Module for Adobe. Details

Tacton Systems announced Tacton Extension for Salesforce CPQ. Details

TFTLabs announced support of Autodesk Inventor 2017. Details

TFTLabs announced support of Solidworks 2017. Details

TXT Retail announced TXT Retail 8. Details



BETSOL announced a partnership with PTC ThingWorx. Details

First Insight announced the launch of its Optimized Line Planning solution in collaboration with PTC. Details

Materialise NV announced that it has signed an agreement with Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business. Details

TraceParts announced that RAPID launched a CAD catalog on TraceParts. Details

Trace One and CBX Software announced a partnership to provide a comprehensive PLM solution. Details



Altair announced that it won a benchmarking competition initiated by Airbus. Details

Bamboo Rose announced its Live on Day One PLM program. Details

CADENAS PARTsolutions announced that 2016 saw more than 212,000,000 digital parts downloaded from CADENAS PARTsolutions customers. Details

CCE announced use of EnSuite by L&T Heavy Engineering. Details

CMPRO announced that it earned its second software certification from the Institute of Configuration Management (ICM). Details

Collier Research Corp. announced that they have become a member of NASA's Advanced Composites Consortium. Details

CONTACT Software announced CONTACT Software News 01/2017. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that 3DEXPERIENCE platform users can plug and play an HTC Vive Business Edition head-mounted display. Details

PTC announced that it was named an IoT Platform Leader by the Experton Group. Details

A former executive of Reckitt Benckiser received a seven-year prison sentence over a humidifier disinfectant linked to the death of around 100 people. Details

PTC announced it was named "Industrial Internet of Things Company of the Year" by IoT Breakthrough. Details

The U.S. Department of Justice anounced that Takata Corporation agreed to pay a total of $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company's fraudulent conduct in relation to sales of defective airbag inflators. Details

The U.S. Department of Justice anounced that Volkswagen AG (VW) has agreed to plead guilty to three criminal felony counts and pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty as a result of the company's long-running scheme to sell approximately 590,000 diesel vehicles in the U.S. by using a defeat device to cheat on emissions tests mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, and lying and obstructing justice to further the scheme. In separate civil resolutions of environmental, customs and financial claims, VW has agreed to pay $1.5 billion. In addition, a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Michigan returned an indictment charging six VW executives and employees for their roles in the nearly 10-year conspiracy.
The settlement is in addition to the $14.7 billion settlement that addressed the 2.0 liter cars on the road and associated environmental harm announced in June 2016, and $1 billion settlement that addressed the 3.0 liter cars on the road and associated environmental harm announced in December 2016. Details



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