The Future of PLM resides in Brussels, PLM Publication Citations, Considering Document Management Solutions?


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                December 15, 2014 - Vol16 #25

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The Future of PLM resides in Brussels
by Roger Tempest
The Launch Meeting for the PLM International Research Foundation in January is likely to be a pivotal meeting in the long-term development of PLM.

More than 50 organisations worldwide have been involved in the initiative so far in the preparatory phase. We now have the clearest picture ever produced of what advanced PLM should look like in 10 years' time. The meeting in Brussels on 27-28 January is a platform for users, vendors and researchers to discuss the aims, the practicalities, and the structure of international PLM collaboration.

Users should participate in Brussels because the future capabilities of PLM are too important to be left to chance. Forward-thinking industrial companies need to ensure that PLM will be able to match their new ways of manufacture and product creation into the long-term future.

Vendors should participate in Brussels because if the PLM-IRF is established it will create a single PLM research programme that unifies the globe.

The power and publicity of the world's top universities developing new PLM knowledge together will generate an unparalleled drive for adoption in countries that may have neglected PLM until now.

Researchers should participate in Brussels to show the depth of academic support for PLM research, and add their own input to the research scope that has been developed so far.

This is an international meeting. It is open to participants from any type of organisation and from any country. The only requirement is an interest in shaping the future PLM of 10 years' time. Being at the Launch Meeting in January can give special insights, and opportunites to influence the way that the initiative moves forward.

Registration for Brussels is now open, and you can find more information via


Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG, which is helping to drive the PLM-IRF in partnership with the PLM Institute and IFIP WG5.1.

PLM Publication Citations  
According to Google Scholar, as of December 12, 2014 Product Lifecycle Management: 21st Century Paradigm for 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:

  • New Method for Intellectual Content Driven Generic Product Model Generation
  • Product Lifecycle Management and Compliance with International Standards: a Case Study Analysis in the Footwear Industry
  • An Approach for a Model Based Development Process of Cybertronic Systems
  • Scope Change, Flexibility and the Management of Projects

New Method for Intellectual Content Driven Generic Product Model Generation was presented at the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics by László Horváth, Imre J. Rudas (Óbuda University, Budapest, Hungary). Strong demand for definition of multidisciplinary products in virtual engineering environments enforced development of product models towards higher level of abstraction in product lifecycle management (PLM) systems. In order to achieve this, the requirement, functional, logical, and physical (RFLP) structure was included in leading industrial product models. This paper introduces a new method for the knowledge communication between human definition and generation of R, F, L, and P elements. This method is based on an abstraction concept which was developed and published at the Laboratory of Intelligent Engineering Systems. It applies the new initiative, behavior, context, and action (IBCA) structure in order to realize a new abstraction which allows for development of knowledge representation of procedures for RFLP element generation. IBCA structure elements and their connections fill the gap between engineer requirement and associated knowledge definition and elements of RFLP structure. Details

Product Lifecycle Management and Compliance with International Standards: a Case Study Analysis in the Footwear Industry by Simona D'Amico, Luca Giustiniano, Luca Pirolo (University LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy) and Maria Elena Nenni (University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy) was published in the International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management. As the globalisation of markets in the footwear industry became more evident, several restrictions have been imposed by international directives, standards and regulations, as well as by market requirements.

Such external needs are progressively pushing the footwear manufacturers to introduce continuous improvements in their production processes and in the firm management in general. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the awareness of the adoption of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in the fashion industry, in order to describe the state of the art in the Italian context. To this extent, conformity to industry-related technical regulations was investigated as a first step towards the international development of companies. The paper presents the preliminary results of a survey conducted in the Riviera del Brenta industrial district in the Veneto Region of Italy. Details

An Approach for a Model Based Development Process of Cybertronic Systems by Martin Eigner, Christian Muggeo, Thomas Dickopf, Karl-Gerhard Faisst (University of Kaiserslautern, Germany) was presented at the 58th Ilmenau Scientific Colloquium. Modeling today's products means modeling interdisciplinary 'product systems' integrating various authoring systems with the technical-administrative product structure and the related processes. This paper introduces System Lifecycle Management as a key concept to cope with risen requirements in the development process for so-called Cybertronic Systems. Along with an approach based on methods of Model Based Systems Engineering the outlined challenges are studied in the research project mecPro. The overall concept considers engineering processes as well as engineering data. Within the project a framework for modeling a product system in the early development phases (left wing of the V-model) will be defined which guarantees traceability and also manageability of such complex Cybertronic systems. Details

Scope Change, Flexibility and the Management of Projects, by Daniel Adler (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia), was published in the Review of Integrative Business and Economics Research. Managing scope on projects is universally recognised as a challenge for business. This paper argues that the activity theory concept of contradiction is a useful method with which to re-frame debates around the origins of scope change that moves away from an either or approach to one based on trade-offs between, for example, efficiency and flexibility. Scope change is demonstrated to be a natural part of projects, and that managers who embrace it can benefit from the opportunities that arise. Using one live manufacturing project as a case example, the paper concludes that both hard and soft paradigm stances in terms of project management can be accommodated under the activity theory banner of contradiction, giving rise to the potential transferability of this classification across all types of projects. Details


Considering Document Management Solutions?
by Scott Cleveland
Companies begin looking for document management solutions for many reasons ....

They have all kinds of information stored in many places. Information could be stored on a company server, a desktop computer or maybe even in something like Share Point. Yet, still, it is often difficult, if not impossible, to find a file.

What we all want is a single version of the truth. It would be great if you could go to one place, do a simple query [like a Google search] and quickly get a file. And, wouldn't it be great to know that you actually have the latest [released] file?

A Solution
Years ago, we used a vault analogy to discuss document management. When you wanted a document, you went into a vault [a few companies had a real bank vault] to find your file in a file cabinet. You would 'check out' the file from a document management person and take it to your desk. While it was checked out, no one else would have access to it. You needed proper access to even enter the vault. How do you control the access when you have it at your desk? Do you have permission to copy the document? Do you have permission to change the document? Do you make sure that you return the document to the vault? If you have changed the document, did you document that change? How is all this managed?

Today's document management software can provide vault functionality plus more. It can reside inside the 4 walls of your company or in a cloud facility. Access to information in the vault is accessible through a web-based user interface or desktop software.

Check In
When you check in a file, the software takes into account your access privileges. Upon check in, you are presented with a list of attributes [metadata] that you populate. The attributes are in a relational database and the file is stored in a directory owned by the software. Access is controlled by your identification.

Check Out
When you wish to find a file, you can search on any of these attributes to quickly find your file. If you don't have authority to view / check out this file, the software will deny your access. If you have authority, it will let you look at or check out the file.

When you check the file back in, the software won't overwrite a file. Instead it keeps versions. You can easily see the history of the file. You will know who accessed it and when they did. Most often, the software can show you what has changed.

If you are interested in moving files through some kind of approval process, then make sure your solution includes some kind of workflow option.

Investigating document management solutions
The first step to arriving at a solution selection is education - you'll need to learn more about your requirements and about the potential solutions available to you.

If you are just starting and need some help, contact me to learn more .... 


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


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