PLM in Newspapers, BPM Technical Issues, MOL Structural Monitoring

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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               July 19, 2010 - Vol13 #8

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PLM in the Newspapers
by Roger Tempest
News about PLM is often published in the form of case studies. This seems fairly obvious - to tell the story of what one organisation has done, so that others can read it and follow in the same direction.

But has anyone ever read a case study and thought: "Aha, now I know exactly what they did and how to copy it"? This seems unlikely, because most case histories do not carry enough information. In an effort to give the stories general appeal the detail is stripped out (disappointing the technical reader) and the study is published in a specialist PLM publication (out of reach of the general reader).

Case histories therefore fail on two counts. They are not detailed enough to be useful for reference (the CL2M contributions in 2PLM are an honourable exception!); and they are not published in the general press where most business people will read them.

So what is currently on the business pages? The New York Times carries news that the S.E.C. has settled on a fine for Goldman Sachs, and that Google has made a disappointingly small amount of revenue. Die Welt reports problems with air conditioning on the summer trains. Le Monde informs us that Sean Connery is under investigation for a possible fraud committed in the 1990s, and Norway's Aftenposten says (I think) that the Postal Service has been fined 102m Kroner for transgressing competition regulations.

The challenge is to get PLM into this space, and it should be possible. Although the most obvious business news concerns takeovers and financial results, themes such as Business Process Re-engineering, manufacturing technology and globalisation have all been reported in the past. It is time that the business world became aware of what PLM is doing.

The PLMIG aims to develop a story-telling and reporting format that works, and then to get news articles published. When we have found the secret, the articles should be reproduceable in many countries. It will take a while to find the right formula, but we will pursue this in our PLM in the Popular Press feature. If you would like the news of your PLM successes to make the outside world, we would be glad to talk to you to find out how it can be done.  



Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. You can request more information or find out how to participate via


BPM Technical Issues
by Scott Cleveland
In 2009, AIIM surveyed companies that had implemented BPM solutions. In that survey they asked each company to identify the 4 biggest technical issues they experienced.

Here is the top 4:

  • Integration with other systems
  • Unexpected exceptions requirements
  • Over-complexity of process creation and rules engine
  • Shortcomings within the end user interface

My Thoughts....

I want to share these with you so that you can mitigate their impact.

Integration - Solutions to real business problems will likely require some integration. You don't need to do a complete integration, just make it so software packages can read/write where and when they need to.

Exceptions - Another word for scope creep. Scope creep is a project killer and stopping it may be difficult. Educate your team on the consequences.

Complexity - Choose the right process to implement. Do not take on the most complex process - take on a process that has visibility and the solution will be of value. Work your way up to the difficult processes building on your successes.

User Interface - If the solution is not easy to use, people won't use it. This comes back to managing change. Make it easy for the user to use, then the change won't seem so great.

In this uncertain economy, effective process management is a key ingredient to success that allows you to break out as a market leader.

Your Thoughts....

What steps has your company taken to be a market leader?



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

CL2M Case Study 8 : MOL Structural Monitoring of Heavy Machinery
by David Potter
This case study is based on one of the 10 commercial applications developed during the EU PROMISE Project. It briefly describes how common PROMISE technologies were applied in order to address product lifecycle management of heavy construction machines and in particular fatigue monitoring of their major load-bearing structures.

This application closes the information loops between middle-of-life (MOL) product operation and product recycle, reuse, remanufacture or disposal at end-of-life (EOL). However, to effectively impact these focus areas the demonstrator must also close the loop with manufacturing and design (BOL).

The demonstrator is designed to enable predictive maintenance of heavy vehicle structures using smart embedded systems and specialised sensors - devices that register real time fatigue damage on welded structures. These fatigue sensors were integrated using a common PROMISE PEID (Product Embedded Information Device) enabling them to communicate both data and alarms via a wireless UPnP connection. The PEID also integrates information from the on-board vehicle Electronic Control Unit (ECU), including operating time and other key indicators such as payload data from sensors linked to the main hydraulic cylinders, giving a profile of the application severity.

The design life expectancy of each welded structure for standard applications is known at beginning-of-life (BOL), and quality controls are made during manufacturing to check for weld geometry and crack detection. The fatigue life of the structure depends on weld geometry and size of cracks existing at BOL. Fatigue damage sensors are attached to the structures at specified positions identified by the design engineers. Finally, the structure is equipped with an RFID tag encoded with BOL data including unique identifiers and quality measurements. When the final assembly of the machine is completed, the consolidated BOL information is recorded in the PROMISE PDKM (Product Data Knowledge Management) system.

During its life, the mission profile, changes of attachment and variations in payload are recorded in the on-board PEID. At periodic dealer service operations, the information is transferred to the PDKM/DSS (see PROMISE Decision Support System). The analysis of this information and its transformation into knowledge uses specialised algorithms that are part of the DSS.

The maintenance needs can be decided also taking into account the consolidated knowledge from similar machines with common structural components, and the fatigue lifetime of each structure can be re-calculated.

If any component needs replacement, the identity and pedigree of the new component is recorded on its own RFID tag, on the machine's PEID and also in the PDKM.

The implementation of a structural monitoring system allows the optimisation of the design, maintenance and sustainability of these heavy load vehicles and their main structures. Benefits include:

  • Structures customised to customer use
  • Improved dealer maintenance of structures
  • Rebuilt machines and re-use of structures with warranty (feasibility and expected durability)

Field results knowledge developed from field experience will improve internal design processes and support to customers and dealers:

  • Design engineering for new product (validation & design optimisation)
  • Custom products (design optimisation)
  • Product support service to dealers and final customers

Expected cost reductions from this application:

  • 5% to 10% weight reduction on lifting structures (increase in machine productivity)
  • Decreased machine downtime due to unexpected fatigue failures (during whole lifetime period, from warranty period to end of life)
  • Increased percentage of re-usable structural parts

Registered users who are logged in to will be able to access the full public text of this PROMISE demonstrator case study by following this link: Case Study 8: MOL Structural Monitoring of Heavy Machinery. There is no charge for registration.

In the next issue of the 2PLM newsletter, I will present the ninth in this series of case studies, dealing with the application of PROMISE technologies to support beginning-of-life adaptive production of automotive components. .



David Potter is Chief Technical Officer, Promise Innovation International Oy, and former Chairman of the Project Steering Board of the EU PROMISE Project.


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Hexagon AB announced it entered into an agreement to acquire Intergraph Corporation. Under the terms of the agreement, Hexagon will pay a cash purchase price of 2 125 MUSD for Intergraph on a cash and debt free basis. Details

LMS International announced that it has acquired 100% of Emmeskay. Details

Noesis Solutions announced its acquisition by Cybernet Systems. Details


Lawson Software, Inc. reported revenues of $197 million for its Q4 of fiscal year 2010, which ended May 31, 2010. Details


INUS Technology announced the appointment of Calvin Hur as CEO of both INUS Technology and its U.S. affiliate Rapidform Inc. Details

Lectra announced the appointment of Laurence Jacquot as Director of Industrial Operations and Hardware R&D. Details


CD-adapco announced that Wilson Sporting Goods Co. is using CD-adapco's STAR-CCM+ software. Details

Centric Software announced that Bravo Sports has implemented Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM). Details

Human Solutions GmbH announced that The Hainan Mazda Motor Company adopted its 3D CAD manikin RAMSIS. Details

MathWorks announced that TriVector Services used MathWorks products. Details

PTC announced that Seiko Epson Corporation has expanded the use of CoCreate. Details

WFX announced that Sid Factor 7 signs on to WFX Web PLM On-Demand. Details


Autodesk, Inc. announced the availability of Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2011. Details

Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. announced the CFdesign 2010 Summer Update. Details

CCE announced an updated version of its CAT5Works product that supports CATIA V5 - Release 20. Details

Cenit AG announced Cenit Fastsuite V3 R12. Details

Delcam announced the launch of the 2010 R2 version of its PowerINSPECT inspection software. Details

EMC Corp. announced the latest version of the EMC Documentum Media WorkSpace. Details

ESI announced the release of Virtual Performance Solution 2010. Details

IntegrityWare announced the release of SubD-NURBS. Details

Lattice Technology Inc. released XVL Studio Ver. 9.1. Details

Lattice Technology Inc. released version 7 of its XVL Converter software products. Details

LEDAS Ltd. announced version 4.0 of LGS 2D. Details

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced the global availability of its expanded Regulatory Reporting platform. Details

Pilgrim Software, Inc. announced availability of SmartSolve 8.2.30. Details

PROSTEP AG announced that its new OpenDXM GlobalX app can be used on iPhones and iPads. Details

PROSTEP AG unveiled OpenPDM 7.0. Details

Zuken launched CADSTAR Lite. Details


Autodesk, Inc. and FARO announced a collaboration. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that EskoArtwork has joined the DS Software Community Program. Details

Delcam announced expanded sales and support in Canada. Details

Extensible CAD Technologies announced ProNor AS has become the exclusive Reseller for InspectionXpert and Office2PDM in Iceland and Norway. Details

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Kineo CAM announced that Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology has integrated its software libraries into CALIGO software. Details

PTC announced it is a Microsoft Partner Awards winner as Microsoft Global ISV Industry Partner of the Year. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced the license of two D-Cubed software components into Planit's Cabinet Vision products. Details

3D Systems announced that it added TPM, Inc. to its network. Details


Aras announced that Series B financing has been closed with the help of DLA Piper LLP (US) attorney Michael K. Barron. Details

Aras announced that the CMPIC has certified Aras as a CMPIC Preferred Vendor. Details

CGTech announced the formation of a subsidiary company in Brazil. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that it launched a Collaborative Multi-Discipline Engineering (CMDE) initiative. Details

Delcam announced it will participate in the Euro 5.2m COPERNICO (Cooperation Environment for Rapid Design, Prototyping and New Integration Concepts) project to help develop the factories of the future. Details

INUS Technology, Inc. announced that Rapidform XOR 3D scanning software received a "GOOD Software" certification. Details

MSC.Software announced that EADS Innovation Works will switch to the Enterprise Advantage License Unit licensing system. Details

Objet Geometries and 3Shape A/S announced a jointly developed solution that integrates with the 3Shape Dental System 2010. Details

PROSTEP AG announced it opened a branch office in Cologne. Details

PTC announced the expansion of its technological literacy movement in China. Details

Siemens IT Solutions and Services announced it is offering Teamcenter as a cloud-based solution. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced an in-kind software grant, with a commercial value of $27.5 million, to the New Mexico State University College of Engineering. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced a project with Microsoft using Microsoft Windows Azure platform cloud computing services to run Siemens PLM's Dimensional Planning and Validation application. Details

Surfware Inc. announced a grant of SURFCAM CAD/CAM software to Arkansas State University. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced that it acquired the business and assets of CEP and PROTOMETAL. Details


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