Gothenburg and Munich Registration, PLM Conference 2011, PLM: What's the use?, Documents in Constant State of Change


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               April 25, 2011 - Vol14 #2

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Gothenburg and Munich Registration
by Roger Tempest
Registration for the Nordic region and German region PLM Standardisation workshops is now open, and already there is a user-vendor mix of participants.

The launch workshop, for the Nordic region, will be held at the Novotel Gothenburg on 24-25 May. This will be followed by a workshop for the German region hosted by the Bundeswehr University Munich on 07-08 June. These workshops are the start of a rolling programme that will continue through many countries and become a driving force for PLM improvement.

The series is planned to continue with workshops in the UK and the USA. (If you would like to chat about the location and format of the UK event, I will be at the PTC Technology Forum in Sutton Coldfield on 12 May.) Participants at any workshop get all of the other results from the series, giving them a global picture and, by the end of the year, a completely new toolkit of working standards that address the current problem areas of PLM.

If you think that there are some deep-seated problems with the current PLM scenario, and have invested time and effort in trying to improve them within your organisation, then these workshops will enable you to develop these ideas with your peers. Many companies have established good internal standards, but these are all "islands". If PLM is to be more effective then we need practical standards that can be applied throughout the extended customer and supply chains.

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

PLM Conference, September 2011
by John Stark

Our planning for the PLM Conference and Exhibition to be held at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland on September 6-7, 2011 is continuing. The Conference will address PLM across the lifecycle: innovation; development; manufacturing; use/support; retirement/disposal. Presentations will address a wide range of PLM subjects including Application Architecture, Business Process Management, Change Management, Cleantech, Data Cleansing, End-of-Life, Implementation Guidelines, Innovation Management, the Internet of Things, Mechatronics, NPD/NPI, Open Systems, Portfolio Management, Standards, Strategy, Sustainability, etc.

The Conference Program is in preparation, and the speaker list should be finalised by mid-May. The current number of speakers by sector is:

  • Aerospace - 1
  • Apparel - 1
  • Automotive - 1

  • CERN - 5
  • Consumer Goods - 1
  • Machine - 2
  • Medical Device - 3
  • Pharmaceutical - 3
  • Plastics - 2
  • Power Industry - 2
  • Process Industry (other) - 2
  • Transportation (other) - 2
  • Utility - 2
  • Watch - 4
  • Academia - 2
  • Government - 2
  • Research (other) - 2
  • Standards - 2


If you're interested in participating, please contact John Stark. 

PLM: What's the Use?
by Henk Jan Pels
Inventing and creating is in the human genes. For more than 20,000 years, Mankind has been constructing tools, first from bone and stone, later from bronze and iron. The engineer wants to make Nature work for him, and technology becomes ever more subtle and complex.

Is it also getting more fun? Of course it's great to contribute to the design of the largest aircraft or the smallest processor, but there's also a trend of ever more non-engineers interfering with the design - and that's not always fun. (A typical example is IT people implementing PLM systems that should bring shorter time to market, lower cost of change and faster innovation - but after implementation you don't experience support of your design activities, but new dull administrative obligations. So, please leave smart design to the engineer and let Sales and Service care for lifecycles.)

Why do I write this? As a researcher and consultant, I've been involved in EDM, PDM and PLM for over 20 years. I started finding out what these terms actually mean, what these system are supposed to do, and under which conditions a company may benefit from what functionality. What I found convinced me, more and more, of the immense potential of product data technology. However I've always been astonished that application of PLM lags far behind its technical possibilities. Only in recent years have I begun to understand that PLM doesn't improve the work of individuals, like CAD systems do, but rather the process in which people cooperate in creating the product. For those who focus on their own work - as engineers tend to do - and have little awareness of the overall process in which they operate, PLM systems cannot seem very useful. Even among the Engineering Managers and CTOs I have met, surprisingly few consider Engineering as a process. That explains to me the ever-deepening gap between PLM possibilities and PLM application.

In the following columns, which were previously published in the Dutch-language magazine "De Constructeur", I plan to explain to the Engineering world the promises that PLM brings and how they can be realised. I hope to evoke some critical comments from PLM-practitioners, who are mostly, I realise, not engineers themselves. My approach is from the industrial engineering point of view, meaning that I focus on structuring processes around people and tools, rather than on the development of the tools.

From Paper to PLM
Product specifications used to be recorded in drawings in order to let Production know what to produce. The drawings were archived in vaults to protect them from fire and competitors - and that worked well. When CAD systems appeared, companies continued to archive the paper prints - and engineers kept the floppies, typically in a shoebox in a cabinet. However, for changes or reuse they needed to retrieve the proper floppy, which became increasingly difficult. This opened, in the late '80s, the market for early EDM systems. Soon it was realised that departments other than Engineering could also benefit from fast access to the CAD files, so in the early '90s the EDM systems were followed by PDM systems. By 2000, the PDM vendors had added so many functions to their PDM systems, that they needed a new term to distinguish their offer from what the customers already had. Out of a number of proposals, the term PLM survived, loaded with the ambition to surpass the borders between companies and to support not only design and manufacturing, but also operation, maintenance and recycling. However, it took some 5 years more before a clear consensus emerged about the real content of PLM.

Aim of PLM
The aim of PLM is more than just improving the communication between creators and users of product information. The real ambition is to enable a company to respond better to the actual needs of the customer. Since individual customers tend to have individual needs, the company has to create increasing product variety. Since the needs of a customer tend to change while using the product, the customer requires a service, possibly embodied in a physical product, which continuously keeps in balance with his evolving needs. This view of the world pictures PLM as a business approach centred around the question: how should I develop my competences in design, production and delivery, such that I can properly respond to new needs of my customers, with tailored products that, during their life, optimally serve the individual customer as well as Society as a whole.

In other words: PLM enables the transformation of product lifecycle processes, from conception to demolition, to such a level of flexibility and agility that they can continuously respond to real-time customer needs.

To be continued. Henk Jan Pels is Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, Information Systems, at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands. He can be contacted here.


Documents are in a Constant State of Change
by Scott Cleveland
You store your company's documents in a protected directory or maybe even SharePoint. Someone within your company wants a copy of one of those documents. They go to the storage location and download a copy. Are they in possession of the latest released document? How do they know? If they use the wrong document, what are the consequences?

My Thoughts....
Documents are in a constant state of change. Documents are created, changed and changed again until they are either deleted or archived. When a person downloads a copy, where does it exist within this process? How do they know? How can they find out?

If we are talking about engineering drawings, the consequences can be costly. Years ago, an aerospace company started with the wrong version of a drawing. By the time they figured out what had happened, they had incurred $250,000 in unnecessary costs.

If this doesn't bother you, studies have shown that engineers spend 25% of their time looking for information. If you have 10 engineers earning $80,000 per year, your company will be spending $200,000 annually for them to look for information. Document management vaults can dramatically reduce that cost and these vaults will always provide you with the latest released document [unless you request otherwise].

After surviving the recession, now is the time to embrace efficiency. Your documents exist within a process - now is the time to manage them that way.

Your Thoughts....

How does your company manage their documents within their process?


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


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