PLM Publication References, Reconstructing PLM for Business Transformation, Why Change what's Working?, Of PLM, IoT and M2M, Ignition Recall, PLM14 Conference


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                          June 9, 2014 - Vol16 #12

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PLM Publication References
As of June 6, Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, the most popular PLM publication, had been cited 443 times in journal articles, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • Citation #441; 22 May 2014; H. Zhang et al; A PLM Components Monitoring Framework for SMEs based on a PLM Maturity Model and FAHP Methodology Details
  • Cit. #442; 23 May 2014; W. Han; Modelling for Data Management & Exchange in Concurrent Engineering - A Case Study of Civil Aircraft Assembly Line Details
  • Cit. #443; 28 May 2014; A. Salido et al; Tests Management in CALIPSOneo: A MDE Solution Details

A PLM Components Monitoring Framework for SMEs based on a PLM Maturity Model and FAHP Methodology develops a PLM components monitoring framework to assess and guide PLM implementation in small and middle enterprises (SMEs). The framework builds upon PLM maturity models and decision-making methodology. A proposed PLM components maturity assessment (PCMA) model can obtain general maturity levels of PLM components based on key performance indicators. One developed method of the fuzzy analytical hierarchy process (Fuzzy AHP) is applied to extract the premier improvement component needed.  

Modelling for Data Management & Exchange in Concurrent Engineering - A Case Study of Civil Aircraft Assembly Line describes research to improve the dataflow performance of the Concurrent Engineering (CE) practice in the detail design stage of the aircraft Assembly Line (AL) in the C919 aircraft project. By assessing the CE performance and benchmarking, improvement opportunities were identified, and then an activity-oriented workflow and dataflow model established by decomposing the work process to detail levels. Based on this model, a Product Data Management (PDM) based support platform is proposed to facilitate data management/exchange in dynamic workflow to improve work efficiency and interoperability.

Model Driven Engineering (MDE) offers a solution to avoiding testing costs without affecting the execution quality of the applied test. Tests Management in CALIPSOneo: A MDE Solution presents a practical overview of a Model Driven Testing (MDT)-based methodology and its impact on the CALIPSOneo project, which was carried out in liaison with Airbus Defense and Space and, particularly, with the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) department.

Reconstructing PLM for Business Transformation
by Roger Tempest
Everybody likes to aim for 'Transformation' with their PLM implementation, but it is very difficult to achieve.

This issue was highlighted within the PLM Financial Framework towards the end of last year (see 2PLM November 25), and the new PLM Financial Handbook provides an explanation.

The Handbook sets out 8 Stages to achieve Basic Financial Management, in which the PLM implementation is managed via a structured set of financial metrics. These are:-

  • Positioning
  • Direction
  • Scope Check
  • Validation
  • Deconstruction
  • Calculation & Metrics
  • Roadmapping & Planning
  • Monitoring & Reporting

For companies that want to aim for the very best in PLM the Handbook includes a 7-Stage methodology for Advanced Financial Management, in which the financial benefits of PLM are shown automatically in the company accounts up to Board level. These are:-

  • Validated Vision
  • Financial Structuring
  • Reconstruction
  • Calculation & Metrics
  • Roadmapping & Planning
  • Monitoring & Reporting
  • Business Transformation

The sharp-eyed reader will notice that 'Deconstruction' in the Basic process becomes 'Reconstruction' in the Advanced. This is not just a "play on words" - the distinction is very important.

In Basic Financial Management it is necessary to Deconstruct the various claims for "PLM Value" and "Points of Pain" in order that they can be processed by the Metrics Algorithm. (See 2PLM April 28.)

To achieve Advanced Financial Management, the whole long-term direction of PLM needs be reshaped so that it is 100% enterprise-wide and no longer piecemeal; and there needs to be a realignment of the company's accounting and reporting structure to adapt to the new PLM impact. Only then can the Board see what PLM is achieving, and what more it can do.

PLM Reconstruction therefore enables Business Transformation.

This is not an easy task, and the PLM Team will need to work proactively with managers and VPs from around the whole organisation. The new PLM Financial Management Toolset provides the methodology and the working material.

The methodology and tools will be reviewed at the upcoming workshop that will be hosted by the PLM Institute in Geneva on 01-03 July. 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. This will give participants a chance to see how the new material works and to input their own requirements for the finished toolset.

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

Why Change what's Working?
by Scott Cleveland
Over the last 25 years, I've spoken to many companies about managing their engineering documentation. In those days, I was selling PDM/PLM [Product Data Management/Product Lifecycle Management] solutions. I discovered that no two companies are exactly alike.

Here we are, decades later, and still probably less than half of manufacturers have either PDM or PLM software installed. There are all sorts of reasons.

Most often the reason was 'why change what's working?'

The engineering manager would introduce me to their document control person and I would discuss how they are currently managing their CAD files and bills of materials.

If they had a problem like missing files, using the wrong file, sending the wrong bill of materials [BoM] to manufacturing, manufacturing the wrong version of their widget - they would move quickly to find a solution.

If they didn't have a problem, I pressed to learn more. The more I learned, the more I realized that these companies had an exceptional person managing their documentation.

That person had a well-oiled system in place to manage files including a creative naming convention. They had a person who performed all of the tasks required to manage engineering changes.  
They had a process in place to key in BoMs and someone else to proofread the entry. What they all had in common was that they were extremely efficient.

When I spoke again with the engineering manager, I would point out that he had an exceptional employee managing their documentation. Then I would ask, what happens when he/she goes on vacation? What happens if he/she gets sick? What happens if he/she finds a better-paying job? What happens when he/she retires?

The engineering managers understood what I was saying, but they were in no hurry to 'change what's working'.

I'm not sure that companies give enough thought about business continuity. What will you do if a key person goes absent for some reason? What if more than one can't do their job? The best time to get your engineering documentation under control is when you don't have an immediate need.

Contact me to learn more ....



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


Of PLM, IoT and M2M  
The concepts of IoT (Internet of Things) and M2M (machine-to-machine) have been around for years. IoT seems to have been discussed since the early 1990s. M2M is even older. Recently though, they've both been getting a lot of visibility. And some people talk about them as "the new PLM" - but this makes no sense.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) was defined in Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation as the business activity of managing, in the most effective way, a company's products all the way across their lifecycles; from the very first idea for a product all the way through until it's retired and disposed of.

PLM is an activity, it's something a company does. The company does it with the help of many things - applications, processes, data, people, etc.

IoT and M2M are technologies. They're made up of many things - intelligent devices, software, networks, protocols, etc.

Companies can improve their products by integrating IoT and M2M components - but they'll still do PLM to manage them.



Ignition Recall  
The May 26 issue of 2PLM referred to GM's ignition-related recall of over 2 million vehicles.

On June 5, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that GM has received the findings of an investigation by former U.S. Attorney Anton Valukas into the Cobalt ignition switch recall and plans to act on all of its recommendations. She described the Valukas findings as "extremely thorough, brutally tough, and deeply troubling." She said that 15 individuals who were determined to have acted inappropriately are no longer with the company. Disciplinary actions have been taken against five other employees.

Among other actions taken by GM to date: Restructuring the recall decision making process to raise it to the highest levels of the company.

Barra also said "if we think that cleaning up this problem and making a few process changes will be enough, we are badly mistaken." Details

Product Recalls and PLM
According to Product Lifecycle Management: Paradigm for 21st Century Product Realisation, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the business activity of managing, in the most effective way, a company's products all the way across their lifecycles; from the very first idea for a product all the way through until it's retired and disposed of. From that definition, product recalls are part of PLM.

And, from the same book, PLM is a holistic business activity addressing not only products but also organisational structure, working methods, processes, people, information structures and information systems.
So to improve the product recall activity, it's not enough to make a few process changes, you have to "change organisational structure, working methods, processes, people, information structures and information systems".

The Vulakas Report
The Vulakas report can be downloaded from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website here. (119 MB PDF download. Apparently a scan of a paper document.)

A quick review of the 315-page report found no instances of "PLM". One instance of "Product Lifecycle Management" was found - on Page 17, footnote 15, See John Stark, Product Lifecycle Management: 21st Century Paradigm for Product Realisation (Springer 2006), at 23 ("There are over 20,000 parts in a car.").

The report includes Recommendations lettered from A to O. Another recommendation could be Investigate the possibility of using PLM as the joined-up, holistic management system for products (such as cars and ignition switches) across their lifecycles.


PLM14 Conference  
PLM14 Conference aims to bring together researchers, developers, and users of PLM so as to share recent developments, shape the future of this field and advance the science and practice of enterprise systems development. PLM14 will be hosted by Keio University (Japan), on July 7-9 2014. Details 



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AVEVA Group plc announced its preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2014. Revenue was £237.3m. Details 


Purdue University announced that Debasish "Deba" Dutta will be the university's next provost, effective July 1. Dutta currently focuses on interoperability issues in product lifecycle management. Details 


Aras announced that Roki Co., Ltd. has selected Aras Innovator suite for enterprise PLM. Details

AVEVA and AMEC announced signing of a new five-year global agreement for the supply of AVEVA software. Details

Cad Schroer announced that ARA Meiringen chose MEDUSA4 P&ID. Details

CDS announced that its Catalog as a Service solution has been selected by TW Metals, Inc. Details

Centric Software, Inc. announced that Dan Post Boot Company has implemented the Centric 8 product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. Details

Elysium Inc. announced that it was approved as a certified JT bi-directional translation provider for the Daimler Supply Chain. Elysium provides Daimler AG with the official CATIA V5 to NX translation tool within the automaker's PLM2015 project. Details 

Intergraph announced that Cofely Endel has selected SmartPlant Spoolgen and SmartPlant Isometrics. Details

Intergraph announced that Cellier Activity has chosen Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise. Details

Intergraph announced that AMEC selected Smart 3D. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that China Euro Vehicle Technology AB is using MSC Nastran. Details

ZW3D announced that it has been selected by Dr. Höhn GmbH. Details

ZWCAD Design announced that Optimatic Solutions have selected ZWCAD+ 2014. Details 


Anark Corp. announced the release of Anark Core 4.3. Details

Antea announced the launch of LeoValidate, a validation tool for CGM-based technical illustrations. LeoValidate's validation engine is capable of verifying compliance with the ISO CGM standard and nested CGM profiles including WebCGM, S1000D and ATA, as well as the presentation and style rules defined in the S1000D and ATA iSpec 2200 specifications. Details

Arena Solutions announced Arena Quality. Details

CCE announced CAT5Works-Lite and EnSuite, with updates and enhancements. Details

Creaform announced the release of Pipecheck 2.2. Details

Delcam announced the 2014 R3 release of FeatureCAM. Details

Delcam announced the launch of PowerMILL 2015. Details

Flow Science announced the release of FLOW-3D Version 11. Details

Formtek announced that the Formtek Auditing Extension is available for Alfresco 4.2. Details

GTX Corp. announced the release of its GTXRaster CAD 2015 Series for AutoCAD 2015. Details

Informative Graphics Corp. announced Brava! Enterprise 7.2 for Alfresco One 4.2. Details

InspectionXpert announced that it supports AutoCAD Mechanical 2015. Details

Lantek unveiled its new 2014 portfolio. Details

Lightwork announced the latest Artisan Software Development Kit (SDK). Details

Luxion announced the release of KeyShot 5. Details

ShipConstructor Software Inc. announced ShipConstructor 2014 R2.1. Details



The Altair Partner Alliance announced that 3-matic STL by Materialise will be available through the program in 2014. Details

ModuleWorks announced a partnership with Biesse S.p.A. Details  

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QUMAS and NetDimensions announced a solution that brings the learning management capabilities of NetDimensions Learning to the QUMAS Compliance Platform. Details

Spatial Corp. and OMAX Corp. announced a 3D tool pathing solution for waterjet machining. Details

3D Systems announced an alliance with Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. Details 


CDS announced the publication of two case studies revealing ROI of its Catalog as a Service solution. Details

CONTACT Software announced that it has joined Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC). OSLC is an organization that uses established Web technology as the basis for developing standards for integrating proprietary software and product lifecycle tools and the associated data and workflows with the aim of achieving end-to-end lifecycle processes. Details

CD-adapco announced that it has integrated SPEED with STAR-CCM+. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Barilla chose its "Perfect Package" industry solution experience. Details

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) announced that it received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a commercial value of $538 million. Details

Intergraph announced it has entered into an educational training partnership agreement with Korea's Chonnam National University, Yeosu campus. Details

Lantek announced that specialized suppliers in the metal industry become more agile and cost-effective with Lantek solutions. Details

MathWorks announced that Italy's Politecnico di Milano adopts MATLAB and Simulink. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that Bombardier Aerospace has implemented a complete digital development process for the Learjet 85* aircraft's electrical distribution system. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced that Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd, based in The Orkney Islands, has used MSC Nastran and Patran. Details

MSC Software Corp. announced a collaboration with Griffith University focused on Education & Science. Details

Siemens announced that Toyota Motor Corp. has expanded its vehicle safety information management system based on Siemens' Teamcenter software. Details

Siemens announced that it has been named a "Top Supporter" of Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) for the 12th consecutive year. Details

Siemens announced more than one billion dollars of in-kind software grants for manufacturing programs at community colleges and universities in Virginia. Details

Sopheon plc announced an amendment to the terms of its convertible loan stock. Details



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