Geneva PLM Conference 2011 Registration Open, Standardisation Moves To Milan, Why look at PLM?


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               July 18, 2011 - Vol14 #8

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2011 Geneva PLM Conference
by John Stark
The website for the Geneva International Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Conference and Exhibition opened on July 14. To register, click on Registration Process.

The Conference will be held at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland on September 6-7, 2011. It's been structured to benefit everyone working in the PLM area: if they are just starting out in PLM, or if they have long experience of PLM; if their organisation is taking its first steps in PLM, or if it's way down the road to PLM.

On both days, there are three parallel tracks, and participants can attend the presentations that will be of most value.

The Conference addresses PLM across the product lifecycle: innovation; development; manufacturing; use/support; retirement/disposal. It has a strong focus on the successful use of PLM in industry, with most of the speakers being from industrial companies.


Standardisation Moves To Milan
by Roger Tempest
The PLM Standardisation programme that launched in Sweden and Germany will continue with a new workshop for the Italian region on 27-28 September. The event is run in partnership with Promise Innovation and Holonix, and will be hosted by the PLM user company Nearchimica.

The Standardisation Initiative is developing exactly as predicted at the start of the year, and the first results are now available. Delegates in Gothenburg generated the framework for a new standard for PLM Governance (see 2PLM June 06). The Munich Workshop prompted the first edition of the PLM Best Practice Library (2PLM July 04), which has been published in the Q1 2011 PLM Journal.

The Milan Workshop is an opportunity to build on these results and to extend the range of subjects. It will give Italian companies the chance to discuss their own PLM issues, and to see how PLM is being applied in the Italian region. Because of the nature of Italian industry, there will be a particular focus on PLM for SMBs, and the Workshop will include the first presentation of the 'Path to PLM', which is a structured implementation framework based on best-practice knowledge and experience.

As well as the industrial emphasis, the Workshop includes a view of the technological future via its association with Promise Innovation who are guiding the QLM standard through The Open Group

The concepts that underpin QLM will have a far-reaching impact on the way that through-lifecycle PLM can be made more comprehensive and accurate, increasing the ability to manage the product once it has "gone out of the door".

If you were not able to go to Sweden or Germany then the Milan Workshop is an opportunity to catch up with the series. Participants in Milan will also receive the Summary Documents from Gothenburg and Munich, and those of future workshops during the year. The results will also be published as part of PLMIG membership via the forthcoming issues of the PLM Journal.

The events are completely open, so you can go to any one in the series, whether you are a user, vendor, service provider or academic. Choose the workshop that is most convenient for travel, or most convenient for your diary. To find out more information or to register, contact


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


Why look at PLM?
by Scott Cleveland
There are many reasons for a company to look at PLM. Among the most frequent are Document Control and Engineering Change Control. Here are some of the issues to address when looking at these areas.

Document Control
How are you managing your 3D CAD files? When you pass a drawing from one engineer to another, does he/she get all of the files necessary to work on that drawing? 3D CAD files have dependencies - parts associated with libraries and sub-assemblies; sub-assemblies associated with assemblies and requirements; test procedures associated with designs; technical manuals associated with products; etc. How do you maintain these dependencies/associations/ links?

Have you accidentally overwritten a released document? Have you sent the wrong drawing to the factory floor? What did that cost your company?

How are you managing your bills of materials? Are you using an Excel spreadsheet? How does that bill of materials get into your MRP/ERP? Do you have part numbers for associated items like work instructions, technical manuals, etc.? How do you find/track them?

Did you know? Studies of companies in a paper environment have shown that engineers spend 25% of their time looking for documentation. Even 10% is expensive ....

Engineering Change Control
Does it take a month to turnaround a change request when you would like it to take a week at most?

Have you hired a program manager to follow around change requests to provide status to originators and management - because you have no visibility into your change control process?

Is the right version of your bill of materials on the factory floor? Are all of the part numbers correct? Have you sent the wrong drawings to manufacturing? How much did that error cost?

Did you know? Studies of companies using a paper based change control process have shown that it costs an average of $2,500 per change request just to manage the change request.

My Thoughts....
In my experience there are huge time and dollars savings to be made in the areas of Document Control and Engineering Change Control.

Your Thoughts....
What's your experience been? Have you made savings in these areas? Are you looking to make savings?


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



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OpenText announced it has acquired Global 360 Holding Corporation. Details


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Autodesk, Inc. and Bayer Technology Services GmbH announced an enterprise agreement for the global use of Autodesk software. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Tork Trux is using Autodesk Product Design Suite. Details

AVEVA announced a new customer win with GUANGXIN Shipbuilding & Heavy Industry Co. Ltd. Details

Cadac Organice announced that it has signed a framework contract with AP Moller Maersk. Details

Catalog Data Solutions announced that Brother International Corporation has implemented its CDS Catalog. Details

CSI announced that Norden introduced CSI PDM Anydocs. Details

CSI announced that Aero Stanrew have chosen to implement DDM. Details


Dassault Systemes announced that DELMIA solutions are being used for product and process simulations at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Details

ICP Solution announced that Groninger & Co. GmbH, after an extensive evaluation process, has selected Oracle's Agile PLM for Industrial Manufacturing (Agile PLM). Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile Company, Ltd. selected MD Nastran, MSC Adams, and MSC Easy5. Details

Omnify Software announced that Petra Solar has implemented the Omnify Empower PLM solution. Details

Z Corp. announced that The Beck Group has begun using Z Corporation technology. Details


Active Sensing, Inc. announced the availability of PDXpert product lifecycle management software Release 6.6, which offers enhanced capabilities for importing, updating and exporting PLM data. Details

BETA CAE Systems S.A. announced the release of ANSA v13.1.4. Details

CD-adapco announced the release of STAR-CD and es-ice v4.16. Details

CD-adapco announced the release of STAR-CCM+ version 6.04. Details

CENIT announced Release R13 of FASTSUITE. Details

CGTech announced VERICUT Composite Applications Version 7.1. Details

Dassault Systemes announced the availability of Version 5 Release 21. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. unveiled SolidWorks Education Edition 2011-2012. Details

ESI Group announced the release of VA One 2010.5. Details

Gibbs and Associates announced that it has released GibbsCAM 2011. Details

Lantek announced the launch of its Manufacturing Execution System Lantek Manager. Details

Lightworks announced the release of Lightworks Author 2001, Service Pack 5. Details

Luxion announced the release of KeyShot 2.3 with native support for Creo Parametric. Details

Materialise Dental NV announced SimPlant 2011. Details

MathWorks announced the release of Simulink Design Verifier 2.0. Details

SEAL Systems announced availability of PDF Longlife Suite Version 3. Details

Tech Soft 3D announced a new component toolkit, HOOPS Publish. Details

Think3 announced the release of the new ThinkDesign 2011.1 beta version. Details

VariCAD announced VariCAD 2011-1.08. Details

Vero Software announced the release of VISI 19. Details

Zuken announced the latest version of E3.series. Details


Aras announced membership in the SolidWorks Partner Program. Details

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SPEC announced SPECapc for 3ds Max 2011. Details


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