PLM Benefits Toolset Review in Geneva, PLM Publication Citations, Update on Ignition Recall, Roadmap to Greener Computing, Choosing a PLM Solution, ICE 2014


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                          May 26, 2014 - Vol16 #11

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PLM Benefits Toolset Review in Geneva
by Roger Tempest
The PLM Financial Framework has generated a toolset for quantifying the Benefits of PLM, but that is only half the story. The methodology needs to be applied in real companies, and that is almost a transformational exercise.

Instead of "guessing" about PLM improvements (or, at best, using limited basic metrics), the impact of PLM will be shown naturally by the company's accounting and reporting system. This will make the value of PLM clearly visible to everybody, allowing informed decision-making about progress and new projects.

Furthermore, the means of getting there is as valuable as the end result. The full toolset includes process charts for working from a 'Validated Vision', approved by the Board, through to the long-term PLM and business aims. As well as the central PLM Financial Handbook there will be an updated Maturity Reference Manual, Benchmarking Handbook and Self-Assessment Toolkit for the PLM Team to use.

This toolset means that the PLM Team can confidently take PLM out into the business, involving managers and VPs from the whole organisation in the process of establishing the Benefits that PLM should achieve.

PLM development becomes proactive and collaborative, and the fact that the results will be quantified reinforces the effect.

All of these tools will be reviewed and validated at a new workshop that will be hosted by the PLM Institute in Geneva on 01-03 July. As well as demonstrating the details of the Metrics Algorithm and its supporting logic, the Agenda includes sessions on how to reach Board level; how to establish the planning framework; and group discussions on how to overcome barriers in the delegates' own companies.

Registration for Geneva is now open, and there is more information on the PLMIG web site.



Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. More information about the toolset or the workshop is available via


PLM Publication Citations  
As of May 23, Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 440 times in journal articles, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • E. Poirier et al; Dimensions of Interoperability in the AEC Industry Details
  • S. Kubler et al; Group fuzzy AHP approach to embed relevant data on "communicating material" Details
  • V. Tarassov et al; Lifecycle Ontologies for Complex Technical Systems Details

Dimensions of Interoperability in the AEC Industry introduces a conceptual framework that develops the interoperability construct across multiple dimensions. The framework defines emerging collaborative project delivery systems within the AEC industry by relating the technological, organization and procedural dimensions and situating them within the contextual dimension.

In the context of product life cycle management, it's not uncommon to use intelligent products to ensure an information continuum throughout the product lifecycle (e.g., for traceability purposes).

Integrating intelligence and information into products themselves is now possible through numerous technologies (RFID, communicating materials). However, these technologies currently have low memory capacities (several kilobytes or megabytes). As a result, a process is required to determine the relevant information that should be stored on the product. Group fuzzy AHP approach to embed relevant data on "communicating material" proposes a multiple-criteria decision-making (MCDM) method based on a fuzzy Analytical Hierarchy Process (fuzzy AHP). An application is proposed to embed context-sensitive information in a "communicating textile".

Lifecycle Ontologies for Complex Technical Systems is devoted to the problems of lifecycle analysis and modeling for complex technical systems. The lifecycle includes the stages of design, production and use. A new approach to representing and integrating lifecycle knowledge based on ontological modeling and information granulation techniques is suggested.



Update on Ignition Recall  
The April 7 and April 28 issues of 2PLM referred to GM's ignition-related recall of over 2 million vehicles. On April 24, GM reported first quarter results which included the impact of a $1.3 billion pre-tax charge for recall costs in the quarter (details).

On May 16, GM announced that With parts production running seven days a week on multiple shifts, General Motors plans to produce enough repair parts by October to have the ability to repair the majority of the vehicles impacted by the ignition switch and ignition cylinder recalls (details).

On May 16, The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today announced that General Motors (GM) has agreed to pay a record $35 million civil penalty and to take part in unprecedented oversight requirements as a result of findings from NHTSA's timeliness investigation regarding the Chevrolet Cobalt and the automaker's failure to report a safety defect in the vehicle to the federal government in a timely manner (details).

On May 16, GM announced that it has come to an agreement with the NHTSA for failing to report in a timely manner the ignition switch defect. As part of this agreement, GM will pay a $35 million fine. (details).

Five more recalls
On May 15, GM announced it has informed the NHTSA of five safety recalls covering about 2.7 million vehicles in the US. The largest of these recalls covers 2,440,524 previous generation passenger cars for taillamp malfunctions. GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $200 million in the second quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter (details).

Four more recalls
On May 20, GM announced it is recalling about 2.42 million vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. GM expects to take a charge of up to approximately $400 million in the second quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs announced in the quarter. This amount includes a previously disclosed $200 million charge for the five recalls announced May 15 (details).

Product Recalls and Product Liability
Product Recalls and Product Liability are important parts of PLM. Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation gives some examples. In 2001, as a result of high tyre failure rates, Ford Motor Company announced it would replace all 13 million Firestone Wilderness AT tyres on its vehicles. It took a charge of $2.1 billion to cover the costs of replacing the tyres. In October 2003, Nissan Motor Company said it would recall 2.55 million cars at an estimated cost of 15-16 billion yen ($138-148 million) due to an engine defect. In a few months in late 2009 and early 2010, Toyota announced recalls of more than eight million cars due to concerns over accelerator pedals and floor mats. The cost was estimated at around $2bn.



Roadmap to Greener Computing  
May 9, 2014 saw the publication of Roadmap to Greener Computing. An introduction to green computing and green IT, this book addresses how computer science and the computer infrastructure affect the environment and presents the main challenges in making computing more environmentally friendly.
The authors review the methodologies, designs, frameworks, and software development tools that can be used in computer science to reduce energy consumption and still compute efficiently. They also focus on Computer Aided Design (CAD) and describe what design engineers and CAD software applications can do to support new streamlined business directions and improve the environment.


Choosing a PLM Solution
by Scott Cleveland
Choosing a PLM solution isn't a simple task. There are horror stories about companies spending lots of money on a solution only to have their implementation end up being a large fiasco.

There are a lot of things to learn in order to make an informed decision.

PLM stands for product lifecycle management - therefore you will be managing product information. Product information includes CAD files and bills of materials. Product information needs to get to the factory floor.

What does that mean?

A large contributor to the horror stories is integration. Most implementations include someone writing code to make one software package talk to another.

There are two critical places where an application needs to read/write to another application: CAD to PLM and PLM to ERP.

You can eliminate one of these integrations by choosing PLM software that already offers a tight integration to your CAD software. This eliminates lots of headaches as well as saving time and money.

You can reduce the complexity of the integration between PLM and ERP by finding a service provider that has previously written code that integrates your choice for PLM and your ERP software. It will still cost you, but since they know what they are doing they won't be learning on your dime.

Save some headaches and some cash ....

When looking for PLM software, start with alternatives that already work with your CAD software. This will save you a very expensive integration.

If you would like some help, drop me a line ....



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

ICE 2014  
The ICE International Organizing Committee announced that the final program of the 20th International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation (ICE 2014) is on line.
ICE 2014 will be held on June 23-25, hosted by the i.lab research centre in Bergamo, Italy. It will include 100 IEEE papers, 30 international workshops, 4 keynotes, 2 industrial visits, 1 doctoral workshop. Details


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Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that it has acquired Nimbic, Inc. Details 


Autodesk, Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2015. Revenue was $593 million. Details

CENIT Group announced that, in the first three months of 2014, it generated sales revenues of EUR k 29,793. Details

Cimatron Limited announced its financial results for the first quarter of 2014. Revenues for Q1 2014 were $11.0 million. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. reported revenues of $252.2 million for the company's fiscal first quarter ended April 30, 2014. Details



PTC announced ThingWorx sales leadership - Jason Dietrich, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and David Westrom, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development. Details 


Aras announced that TitanX has selected the Aras solution suite for enterprise PLM. Details

CDS announced that Brother International Corporation is using the CDS Catalog as a Service and CAD as a Service solutions integrated into its website. Details

Delcam announced that Impcross has standardised on the company's software for its future design and programming needs. Details

Engineering PLM Solutions announced that El-Bo Produktion A/S chose RuleDesigner Configurator for composite panel kits design automation in NX. Details  

EOS announced that Spritzguss + Formenbau Bergmann has purchased the EOSINT M 280. Details

Lectra announced that the Trayton Group has selected Lectra's Versalis and Vector. Details

Lectra announced that Matalan is implementing Modaris. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Volkswagen AG has selected Adams/Machinery. Details

NGC announced that Vald'or Apparel is implementing NGC's PLM. Details

Traceparts announced that GE Industrial Solutions chose TraceParts to publish its 3D catalog. Details 


Archway Systems, Inc. announced VersaCAD 2014. Details

Autodesk announced that it is introducing new CAM capabilities into Autodesk Fusion 360. Details

AVEVA announced AVEVA Engineering 14.1. Details

CAD Schroer announced Version 5.2.1 of STHENO/PRO. Details

Creaform announced a 3D scanning solution for 3D printing applications. Details

Creaform announced the release of VXremote. Details

Delcam announced a range of enhancements to Delcam Electrode. Details

Elysium Co. Ltd announced the release of ASFALIS EX6.0. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced the latest version of Brava! Enterprise. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced Brava! Doc Merge. Details

Intergraph announced SmartPlant Fusion 2014. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced Solid Edge ST7. Details

Tacton Systems announced Tacton Configurator Studio Testbench. Details

3D Systems announced its Cube 3 and CubePro 3D printers. Details



Informative Graphics Corp. and Generis announced enhancements to CARA, both in the current 3.5 version and in version 3.6. Details

Lattice Technology announced that they are now a Siemens PLM Solution Partner. Details

Lattice Technology, Inc. announced support for 3Dconnexion products. Details 

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Luxion announced that Siemens' product lifecycle management (PLM) software business has chosen Luxion's KeyShot as its new rendering solution for Solid Edge software. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that GrabCAD Inc. has licensed Siemens' Parasolid software to provide 3D model interrogation, inspection and visualization within its Workbench application for cloud-based product data management (PDM). Details 


The Coordinate Metrology Society announced the availability of its CMS Level-Two Certification, a hands-on performance examination for users of portable CMMs (coordinate measuring machines). Details

Dassault Systemes announced the renaming of recently acquired Realtime Technology (RTT) to "3DXCITE". Details

Dassault Systemes announced that it unveiled a 3D realistic simulation model of a whole human heart. Details

Dassault Systemes announced the introduction of its newest brand, BIOVIA. Details

InnovMetric announced that, for the fiscal year 2013 ending March 31, 2014, its sales revenue increased by 37% compared to fiscal year 2012. Details

MathWorks announced that SNIC selected MATLAB. Details

MathWorks announced that two of China's top-ranked mechanical engineering schools have signed an agreement to provide MATLAB, Simulink, and 16 other MathWorks products for all of their students and faculty. Details

The PLMIG announced that the next event in the "PLM Financial Framework" series will be hosted by the PLM Institute at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 01-03 July 2014. The PLM Financial Framework initiative has developed a practical and comprehensive methodology to show the costs, benefits and commercial value of implementing PLM. The Geneva event will act as a 'PLM Benefits Toolset Review Meeting'. All of the material will be presented and explained, and the Agenda includes working sessions to show how it can be applied in practice. Details

PROSTEP, Inc. announced that it purchased key assets and intellectual property of EOS Solutions. Details

PTC announced that it has successfully submitted UDI data to the preproduction version of the US Food and Drug Administration's Global Unique Device Identifier Database (GUDID) through the Electronic Submission Gateway (ESG) in the required HL7 SPL format. Details

ZWCAD Software Co. Ltd. announced that it has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Promising Engineering Design Solution Providers by CIO Review magazine. Details

"Presentation et temoignage ORACLE AGILE PLM" will take place on June 3 at the PLM Institute in Geneva. It will include the launch presentation of the French-language version of Agile e6, and a presentation of e6 use at Bubendorff, a leading manufacturer of electric roller blinds. Details



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