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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               November 21, 2011 - Vol14 #17

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London Workshop Registration
by Roger Tempest
In 2 weeks' time the next workshop in the PLM Standardisation series will take place in London at the Headquarters of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The IMechE is not only hosting the Workshop, but will take an integral part in the proceedings. The IMechE Vision is to improve the world through engineering, and this workshop will apply that same approach to PLM.

The opening session begins with a PLMIG presentation of the background to PLM standardisation, and the best practices that have been generated during 2011. The IMechE will present their views on PLM, and then the floor is open for everyone. The afternoon is a group working session based on the delegates' own ideas, and on Day 2 the group decides the Agenda and which PLM elements should be worked on.

With vendor participation, a neutral setting, and the IMechE lead, this promises to be one of the most interesting and productive workshops in the series. It is the first time that a professional institution has actively supported PLM in this way, and the Workshop will create a template for other industry bodies to do the same.

Users, vendors and consultancies all participate at the same level with no commercial drivers, which creates an unprecedented exchange of ideas. Not only will we formalise more PLM best practices, but we have the chance to show how the industry itself can develop over the next five years.

You can use the group discussions at the Workshop to work on issues that are affecting your own implementation, and to influence the way in which new standards and best practices are developed. The Workshop will take place on 01-02 December, and Registration is open until 25 November. Details are available from the PLMIG web site or via


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

The PLM Paradigm and the PLM Grid Paradigm
by John Stark
A Paradigm
A paradigm is a generally accepted framework or model for a particular concept. It's a commonly agreed way of thinking or communicating about something.

The PLM Paradigm
PLM is a paradigm (way of thinking) about the management of a company's products.

The previous paradigm had been serial and departmental: develop a product in Engineering (or R&D); produce in Manufacturing; support in Maintenance (or After-Sales). Software was the responsibility of the IT Department (or of the functional department using it); processes were the responsibility of the Quality Department (or IT, or the functional departments involved in the processes); responsibility for product data was even less clear (maybe IT was responsible, or Quality, or the functional departments that created and used the data).

By the end of the 20th Century it was becoming clear that this serial, departmental paradigm led to slow, costly, low-quality and ineffective results. In the 21st Century, the paradigm of PLM emerged, a joined-up holistic approach addresing the management of all of a company's products across the lifecycle.


The PLM Grid Paradigm
The PLM Paradigm is a paradigm for how to manage products - it's not a paradigm for implementing and applying PLM. It doesn't tell you how to organise for PLM.

Another paradigm is needed for thinking and communicating about "how to do PLM". That's where the PLM Grid, which was described in the previous issue of 2PLM comes in. It's a paradigm for "how to do PLM".

The Grid shows the 5 phases of the product lifecycle (Imagine, Define, Realise, Use/Support, Retire/Dispose) along the x-axis. The components of PLM (such as the PDM application, other applications such as CAD, business processes, product data, people, the product, etc.) are shown on the y-axis of the Grid.

The PLM Grid helps answer questions such as What exactly is PLM? How do we do it? Where are we with PLM? What should we do next? The Grid can be used to define PLM, communicate about PLM, plan for PLM, organise a PLM project, measure PLM performance, measure progress to PLM goals, and identify next steps in a PLM project.

The PLM Grid 2012 Workshop will help you learn more about the PLM Grid and how to apply it in your company.


John Stark can be contacted here.


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LASCOM announced the cession of its CAD activities to AriCad. Details

McLaren Software announced that its parent company, UK based IDOX plc, has acquired CTSpace from the Sword Group. Details

Siemens announced the acquisition of Vistagy, Inc. Details



Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012. Revenue was $549 million. Details

CENIT announced that during the first 9 months of the year, CENIT Group achieved sales revenue of 77.94 m EUR. Details

Cimatron Limited announced financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2011. Revenues for Q3 2011 were $9.6 million. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced financial results for Q3 ended October 31, 2011. Revenues were $250.5 million. Details

Rand Worldwide, Inc. announced results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012 ended September 30, 2011. Revenues were $21.9 million. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. announced that Stacy J. Smith has been appointed to the Autodesk board of directors. Details

Invention Machine announced the appointment of four senior executives: Stefan Lamm, Eric Israel, Ken Klapproth and Greg Johnson. Details 


aPriori announced that S&C Electric Company has selected the aPriori software platform. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Cleaner Air Solutions is using software from Autodesk, Inc. Details

Cadac Organice announced that Nexus has implemented its SharePoint based solution for Engineering Document Management and Control. Details

Catalog Data Solutions announced that ITT Control Technologies has selected CDS Configurator, CDS Catalog and CDS Model Server. Details

Configure One announced that General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies selected Configure One's Concept Enterprise Product Configurator. Details 

Dassault Systemes announced that Cessna Aircraft Company has selected its Version 6 solutions. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Fisker Automotive has relied upon CATIA for virtual design and ENOVIA for product data management and collaboration in the development of its Karma and Surf models. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Strata selected Dassault Systemes PLM solutions. Details

Intergraph announced use of Intergraph design and engineering solutions by Bayer Technology Services. Details

Intergraph announced that Sinclair Knight Merz has chosen Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise. Details

Lectra announced the implementation of Lectra Fashion PLM at La Jolla Group. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Setforge Engineering selected MSC Software's Marc. Details

Z Corp. announced that Integra Products Ltd is using Z Corporation 3D printing technology. Details 


Aras announced the Alternative Structure Browser for Large Assemblies add-on solution for the Aras Innovator PLM platform. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Autodesk ForceEffect, a mobile simulation app for iPad, is available on the App store. Details

CCE announced an update to its EnSuite software. Details

CIDEON Software announced Release 4.2.7 of the CIDEON Conversion Engine for SAP. Details

Cortona3D announced Cortona3D Viewer 7.0. Details

DP Technology Corp. announced ESPRIT 2012. Details

Delcam announced it added a range of direct modelling options to the 2012 release of its PowerSHAPE CAD software. Details

Farnell announced functionality of version 6.0 of its CadSoft EAGLE PCB design software. Details

Geomagic announced its 2012 product line for reverse engineering and inspection. Details

The IntelliCAD Technology Consortium announced the release of IntelliCAD 7.1. Details

Kubotek USA announced Expert Mold Design - S. Details

Luxion unveiled KeyShot 3. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced availability of Capital Harness MPM. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced its new release of SimManager 2012. Details

NEi Software announced the pre-release of NEi Nastran V10.1. Details

PTC announced enhanced capabilities for its Windchill family of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced Solid Edge Design1. Details

VariCAD announced VariCAD 2012-1.02. Details

Vero Software announced the release of Machining STRATEGIST V13. Details

VizUp, Inc. announced that VizUp 4.2.6 has been released. Details

Zuken announced CADSTAR version 13.0. Details

ZWSOFT announced ZWCAD 2012. Details 


Aras announced the latest release of the a9 AppConnect for Aras Innovator. Details

Aras announced that Syntel, Inc. has joined the Aras Partner Program. Details

Averna announced that it has become a member of PTC's Channel Advantage Program at the Silver tier level. Details

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Delcam announced that it appointed Edge-Team to supply and support Delcam for SolidWorks in Denmark. Details

Geomagic and SpaceClaim announced a direct integration of their products. Details

ICAM Technologies Corp. announced the signing of a Value Added Reseller (VAR) Agreement with D2D Solution. Details

KETIV Technologies announced that Sunkist Growers uses Autodesk Product Design Suite, AutoCAD Electrical, and Vault. Details

QUMAS announced a partnership with CTC Laboratory System Corporation, who will distribute, implement and support the QUMAS Compliance Platform in Asia. Details

Synergis Engineering Design Solutions announced that it has earned the Factory Specialization designation for value added resellers from Autodesk, Inc. Details

Theorem Solutions announced the latest version of the JT to CATIA V5 Ford Supplier Production Software - C3PNG P2.0 PRI F014.10 (14.0.013). Details

VCTI announced that it has signed a reseller agreement with CADFEM GmbH. Details 


The Coordinate Metrology Society announced a 58-page report entitled "How Behavior Impacts Your Measurement". Details

Dassault Systemes announced that engineering managers from world-leading corporations are recognizing the business benefits of managing their simulation processes, knowledge, and data as an integral part of their organization's overall PLM strategy. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that it has received the Global SMT magazine Global Technology Award for the Valor MSS Line Executive product. Details

OpenText announced its Business Process Solutions group bringing together the capabilities of the recent Global 360 and Metastorm acquisitions. Details

The Open Design Alliance announced that it has started a public beta program for the Collada file format that will allow users to translate 3D data from the .dwg file format to the Collada XML-based file format designed to exchange digital assets between interactive 3D graphics applications. Details

The Open Group UDEF Interested Parties Project announced publication of a book about the Universal Data Element Framework (UDEF). The title is "UDEF - Six Steps to Cost Effective Data Integration". Details

ProSTEP iViP announced the Codex of PLM Openness initiative. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that Hyundai Heavy Industries Shipbuilding Division recognized Siemens PLM Software with a technology innovation award. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced it will join GM and the DOE in sponsoring the EcoCAR 2: Plugging In to the Future program. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that the company has been recognized as the leading PLM vendor in India by Dataquest. Details 


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