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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                               September 28, 2015 - Vol17 #17

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2PLM tops 9,500 Readership Mark
by Lion Benjamins
Following a steady decline in subscribers as the economic downturn took its toll and led to slashing staff numbers, we're witnessing a strong comeback of subscribers. This week saw 2PLM top the 9,500 mark. We expect to be nearing the all-time high of 11,000 in the coming months.

CL2M distributes 2PLM, and is also the reception point for Press Releases. Each month we receive, from the PLM vendor community, more than a hundred Press Releases and other documents. We read this material in detail from two points of view. Firstly, we read it to identify the News items that we can include on the web site and/or in the ezine.

Secondly, we read it to get a general feeling about the vendor and the information that it's communicating. Often this will be standard material about its involvement with technologies and approaches (such as Internet of Things and Industrie 4.0). Sometimes these bring a wry smile.

For example, we were one of the partners in PROMISE, a 14m euro European Union funded FP6 project that ran from 2004-2008. It was a pioneering IoT project. It's good to see that, in 2015, IoT is at last getting some industry acceptance and the core architecture has been accepted as a standard by The Open Group.

At other times, the information we get will be more vendor-specific (and more interesting). For example in the first half of 2015, we noticed that many vendors, particularly small- and medium-sized, were looking to hire new people to meet their growth plans. For that reason we're offering a new kind of banner, "Movers and Shakers". Why not add a little flair to your company's image and let the world know you're moving fast and growing?

Contact me (lion.benjamins [at] to learn more.

Vendor View of PLM Delivery
by Roger Tempest
Every so often one has a chat with a vendor. The discussion tends to swing between exchanging views about PLM, and being told about the latest customer successes, like a compass needle seeking magnetic north.

PLM is sold by salesmen, and salesmen like to point out how their product is different from all the competition. PLM is bought by users, and users like to have their working life improved.

This has brought about a strange transformation in the PLM marketplace that is not entirely beneficial. Vendors have stopped selling PLM, even though users still want to buy it. In the race to be different, most of the erstwhile PLM vendors are now focusing on the Internet of Things; a 3D experience; smart innovation; the Cloud; self-implementation; or even the 4th industrial revolution. Anything but helping users to achieve better PLM.

Yet helping users to achieve better PLM is the greatest sales tool there is. Users may like to feel they are buying software that has better functionality than the software that they didn't buy, but this is not the reason the PLM project goes ahead. The project gets approved because there is a convincing argument that PLM will improve the business in a quantifiable way.

The difficulty of mobilising the user company to reach this approval is the main factor for delaying PLM adoption. My sales-oriented conversation partner had some sparkling examples of how a customer had made gains from PLM, but admitted that the adoption cycle took twice as long as it could have. 

Quantifying the financial benefits of a new implementation requires that the vendor and user work together for a while in partnership. The deeper and more effective the partnership, the quicker and better the results. Not only does it shorten the sales cycle, but it deepens the relationship. User companies are not staffed entirely by internal PLM consultants, and if one vendor in the beauty parade can help in a way that is clearly useful, that is the most effective differentiator.

What is missing is a clearly-defined, industry-wide framework for vendors and users to follow. It needs to be straightforward, accurate and thorough; and be presented in the form of standardised tools and documentation so that the many non-PLM managers involved can participate quickly and easily.

This is the aim of the PLM Delivery Workshop that will take place in Manchester, UK on 03-05 November. If you want to be able to show why you should implement PLM - and prove the benefits afterwards - then participation in the Workshop is the best way to find out how. Registration is now open, and you can find out more information via


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

PLM Citations
According to Google Scholar, as of September 25, 2015 Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 594 times in journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

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

  • J. Tiedeken, M. Reichert (Ulm University, Germany), T. Bauer (University of Applied Sciences, Neu-Ulm), J. Herbst (Daimler AG, Böblingen, Germany); Determining the Quality of Product Data Integration Details

  • T. Vosgien (Ecole Centrale Paris, France); Model-based system engineering enabling design-analysis data integration in digital design environments : application to collaborative aeronautics simulation-based design process and turbojet integration studies Details
  • C. Gröger (University of Stuttgart, Germany); Advanced Manufacturing Analytics: Datengetriebene Optimierung von Fertigungsprozessen Details


PLM Citations in Q3 2015  
n Q3 2015, Google Scholar added 33 journal articles, technical reports, books and theses citing Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation. This compares to 28 in Q2 2015 and 25 in Q1 2015.

The 2015 YTD total of 86 compares to 60 for the whole of 2014. Details


PLM Beyond Engineering ....
by Scott Cleveland
In my experience, PLM [product lifecycle management] projects tend to start in engineering.

They start in engineering because engineering has a large volume of documents that they need to manage. Engineering has some strict rules regarding document management. They must have version controls - they need to be able to quickly access the latest released version of a document. They must have access controls. Engineering changes are difficult to manage. Engineering Change Control is the most expensive process for any manufacturing company.

Product lifecycle management began as engineering document management. Engineering document management companies wanted to break out of the engineering into other departments. So, they investigated what these other departments needed to manage their documents. The common need was for a process based document management solution.

No matter your department, all documents move through some kind of process. This blog, for example, starts with a first draft. The next day, it gets an edit pass. The following day, it gets one last review and then I post [release] it.

This same kind of process could work for a data sheet or a marketing flyer. There may be other people in the process, but simply put the process is: author a document, edit a document, approve a document and release it.

Why use PLM Software?
PLM software is process based document management software. 

PLM software provides control. It makes sure that all of the steps take place with appropriate sign offs. When a person finishes their activity, they check the document in and it is automatically routed to the next person.

PLM software provides visibility. Anyone can see the status of any document. They can see who is currently working on it. They can see how the document grew to its current version. They can quickly access the latest released.

Electronics Manufacturer Example
An electronics manufacturer in Los Angeles implemented PLM some number of years ago. The initial implementation was in engineering. They started by managing their engineering design process and their engineering change process. During their management meetings, the engineering manager appeared to be very efficient.

Managers from other departments were able to see the results. They really liked the control and visibility that was available to the engineering manager, so they asked to have their information managed in a similar way - process based document management.

Today, their PLM software is in use in most of their departments.

Contact me to learn more .... 



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

Product Lifecycle Management's Two Communities
by John Stark

This LinkedIn post looks at the two communities of Product Lifecycle Management, the IT-focused community and the business-focused community. Details 

LinkedIn PLM Posts you may have Missed
Some recent posts on LinkedIn:
Sep   9, 2015  Five Reasons why PLM Project Failure Publications may be Elusive
Sep  14, 2015  Five Pillars of PLM (#9): The PLM Initiative 
Sep  17, 2015  Big Data and PLM (#7): Typical Issues with Big Data
Sep  21, 2015  Product Lifecycle Management's Two Communities
Sep  24, 2015  Big Data and PLM (#8): Dataset Examples, Project Issues


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Autodesk, Inc. signed an agreement to acquire netfabb. Details

Bentley Systems announced that it has acquired e-on software. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that it has acquired its majority-owned subsidiary, Calypto Design Systems, Inc. Details

Onshape announced $80 million in new equity financing. Details



he IGE+XAO Group announced consolidated turnover for 2014/2015 of 27,377,089 euros. Details

Oracle Corp. announced fiscal 2016 Q1 results. Total Revenues were $8.4 billion. Details



Anark Corp. announced that it has been awarded the production 3D MBE contract from Hill AFB for their Automatic 3D Part Report Generation system. Details

AVEVA announced that Kvaerner Verdal AS selected AVEVA Bocad. Details

CSI announced that Mamas & Papas have chosen to implement DDM. Details

CSI announced that Entotem Limited have chosen to implement DDM. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Ashok Leyland is expanding its use of Dassault Systemes' 3DEXPERIENCE platform. Details

Omnify Software announced that Synaptive Medical selected Empower PLM. Details

Pointwise announced that it has been awarded a 2-year, $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force. Details 


Aras announced the Aras Quality Management System application for Aras Innovator. Details

Arena Solutions announced the Arena PLM Fall 2015 release. Details

CCE announced updates of its Open Data Exchange (ODX) libraries. Details

Centric Software announced Centric Cloud. Details

FARO Technologies, Inc. announced the release of the Freestyle3D X Handheld Laser Scanner. Details

Granta Design announced the release of CES Selector 2016. Details

Hexagon Metrology announced new options for the latest version of its TIGO SF shop-floor CMM. Details

MachineWorks Ltd announced Version 7.4. Details

ModuleWorks announced a new module dedicated to Rotary or 4-Axis Machining. Details

Nikon Metrology announced CMM-Manager 3.5. Details

Open Design Alliance (ODA) announced the production release of Teigha PRC. Details

Spatial Corp announced the 2016 1.0 release of CGM Core Modeler, 3D ACIS Modeler, and 3D InterOp. Details

Theorem Solutions announced Publish 3D V18.3 for JT to CATIA Composer. Details

Zuken announced CR-8000 2015.1. Details

ZW3D announced the availability of ZW3D 2015 SP. Details



Altair announced that Brüel & Kjaer Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S has joined the Altair Partner Alliance. Details

Altair announced that FluiDyna has joined the Altair Partner Alliance. Details

Aras announced a partnership with Altium. Details

Aras and CloudSAFE announced the availability of the CloudSAFE PLM Appliance with cloud-based back-up and disaster recovery. Details

CONTACT Software announced that it is a partner in the VIB-SHP Project. VIB-SHP brings together industrial companies, software vendors and research institutes to work on new methods and IT solutions for Smart Hybrid Prototyping and make a modular system available to SMEs. CONTACT Software is also engaged in the GEMINI research project for Industry 4.0. Details

Datakit announced that Prima Power uses Datakit technology for 3D CAD data import. Details

Materialise NV announced a partnership with Arcam. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced that the newest release of Actify's SpinFire Ultimate 11.0 was built using Tech Soft 3D's HOOPS Desktop Platform. Details

TraceParts announced that IEF-Werner provides numerous drawings and documents free of charge via CAD online portal TraceParts. Details



Bunkspeed announced that following the acquisition by Dassault Systemes, Bunkspeed is now part of Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS, and will be renamed SOLIDWORKS Visualize. Details

The Coordinate Metrology Society announced a name change for its Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference. The new name of the event is the Coordinate Metrology Society Conference. Details

General Motors Co. announced it has settled certain civil actions against the company related to 2014 product recalls, including the ignition switch recall. As a result of these settlements, the company will record a charge of $575 million in the third quarter. Details

General Motors Co. confirmed that the company has reached a settlement in the form of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York regarding the company's handling of the ignition switch defect in certain older model vehicles. The Agreement includes a requirement that GM cooperate with the federal government and establish an independent monitor to review and assess the company's policies and procedures in certain discrete areas relating to safety issues and recalls. GM will also pay a $900 million financial penalty associated with this Agreement and will record a charge for this amount in the third quarter. Details

Lantek announced an increase in its sales volume in the first half of 2015. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that MSC Apex won two Stevie awards. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that MSC Apex was awarded the title "Best of 2015" by Initiative Mittelstand. Details

TraceParts announced that RS Components announced that more than one million 3D models have been downloaded via its DesignSpark 3D model catalogue. Details

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

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is issuing a notice of violation (NOV) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, and Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (collectively referred to as Volkswagen). The NOV alleges that four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars from model years 2009-2015 include software that circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. The allegations cover roughly 482,000 diesel passenger cars sold in the United States since 2008. Details

Volkswagen AG announced that it is working at full speed to clarify irregularities concerning a particular software used in diesel engines. Details



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