Standardisation Starts in Sweden, Engineering Change Process, September 2011 PLM Conference Planning

   

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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                               April 11, 2011 - Vol14 #1

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Standardisation Starts in Sweden
by Roger Tempest
 
The global process of formalising the "fog" of PLM into practical, effective standards of PLM best practice will begin in Sweden in May 2011.

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.

These are not ordinary conference sessions, with an audience looking at a screen. They are compact, boardroom-style meetings where everyone works together as a group, regardless of their organisation or industry position. Each event is a chance to work on problems and best practices for two days in a concentrated, collaborative environment. The two events together will share a common agenda and leverage each other's findings, so that the results you get are twice as powerful.

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 share these views 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, and for this to happen, we need a common voice.

The series is planned to continue with workshops in the UK and the USA, which will begin to include liaison with existing standards such as PLCS and OSLC, and with industry consortia in Europe and America. Every event generates new knowledge and a wider base of support, and by the end of the year we will have made a fundamental difference to the way that PLM is understood and implemented.

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. 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 how to take part, contact standards@plmig.com.


 

Roger Tempest is co-founder of the PLMIG. Membership of the PLMIG is available via membership@plmig.com

The Engineering Change Process
by Scott Cleveland
 
A product's lifecycle begins with an idea and it moves through design, manufacture, customer support and stops with an end of life declaration. It is the most complex [expensive] process that exists in any manufacturing company. The entire process may not be well defined, but Engineering's piece, the engineering change process, will be.

My Thoughts....

The aerospace industry companies were the driving force for PDM/PLM. They had hundreds of thousands of drawings that they couldn't manage effectively and they had a paper based engineering change process in place.

Their first priority was to manage their hundreds of thousands of drawings. At that time, PLM didn't exist so they used PDM software. This allowed them to check in and check out drawings, provided access controls, provided version control and made sure that engineers had the latest version of drawings.

These aerospace companies generated around 100 engineering changes per month. They didn't need a study [even though there were many] to tell them that it was costing them $2,500 per change request just to manage the process. 


If the annual cost [$3M] didn't get their attention, the ability to eliminate expensive errors certainly did.

A properly implemented PLM solution can reduce the cost of managing change requests by an order of magnitude. Add in the cost of a PLM implementation and the payback is still less than a year. Make a $250,000 error by using the wrong drawings and the payback is immediate.

As I said last issue, just having visibility into the product lifecycle will provide huge advantages to your company.

 

Your Thoughts....

Is your company still using a paper based engineering change process? As few as 10 change requests per month can pay for a solution.

 

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


September 2011 PLM Conference Planning
by John Stark
 
Our planning for the PLM Conference and Exhibition to be held in Geneva, Switzerland on September 5-7, 2011 is continuing.

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


 

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Corporate

PTC announced that they have entered into a definitive acquisition agreement pursuant to which PTC has agreed to acquire MKS for CDN$26.20 per share for an aggregate purchase price of approximately CDN$292.5 million in an all cash transaction. MKS Integrity coordinates and manages all activities and artifacts associated with developing software intensive products, including requirements, models, code and test, ensuring comprehensive lifecycle traceability. Details 

Financial

CENIT published its 2010 Annual Report. During the 2010 business year, CENIT Group achieved sales revenue of 93.2 m EUR. Details 

People

Geometric Ltd. announced the appointment of Manu Parpia as the Managing Director and CEO of the Company. Details

Gerber Scientific, Inc. announced that Marc Giles will assume leadership responsibilities for the Gerber Technology business segment. Details

Rand Worldwide, Inc. announced that Manu M. Parpia has been appointed to its board of directors. Details

 

Implementations

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced that Dynisco chose DFMA software from Boothroyd Dewhurst. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Baltic Yachts has chosen CATIA Marine solutions. Details

Dassault Systemes announced that Parker Aerospace is implementing ENOVIA V6 Release 2011x. Details

Dassault Systemes SolidWorks Corp. announced that Cane Creek chose SolidWorks. Details

Z Corp. announced use of its 3D printing technology by Clarks. Details 

Developments

Autodesk announced eight 'Citrix Ready' verified applications. Details

Bentley Systems, Inc. announced the release of Bentley Map V8i (SELECTseries 2). Details

Cadac Organice introduced Cadac Organice Workbox 2010 R3. Details

Cideon Software announced availability of Conversion Engine Release 4.2.5. Details

Cideon Software announced release 7.1 of Cideon Import PDM / PLM and Cideon CAD Collaboration. Details

Consona Corp. announced availability of Consona Knowledge Management Version 8.0. Details

Consona Corp. announced the release of the Made2Manage CADLink Interface for SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor. Details

Datakit announced that CATIA V6 is now supported by all Datakit ranges of converters. Details

Hexagon Metrology, Inc. announced availability of their new white light measurement products. Details

Lantek announced Lantek Expert 2011. Details

LEDAS Ltd announced version 6.0 of LGS 2D. Details

MathWorks announced Release 2011a of its MATLAB and Simulink product families. Details

Missler Software announced TopSolid'Cam 2011. Details

NEi Software announced NEi Stratus. Details

Noesis Solutions released Optimus Rev 10. Details

Pointwise announced Gridgen V15.17. Details

PTC announced the release of Windchill 10.0. Details

ShipConstructor Software Inc. announced ShipConstructor 2011 R2. Details

Siemens PLM Software launched its new Teamcenter Mobility mobile device application. Details

TraceParts announced availability of the third major release of its flagship portal TracePartsOnline.net. Details

3Dconnexion announced 3DxWare 10. Details

3D Systems Corp. announced the release of a new Quickparts online customer portal offering. Details

 

Relationships

CONTACT Software GmbH announced it has obtained certification for its PLM standard interface for SAP ECC 6.0 for the new version CIM DATABASE 2.9.8. Details

Delcam announced its first Sales Partner in Saudi Arabia. Details

Fujitsu Limited and Zuken Inc. announced a partnership agreement for analysis systems for printed circuit boards. Details

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Quantapoint announced a non-exclusive reseller and distribution agreement with FARO. Details

Razorleaf announced a relationship with Rand Worldwide. Details

ShipConstructor Software Ltd. and IFS North America announced a partnership. Details

Siemens PLM Software announced that the company was awarded CRN's 5-Star Partner rating. Details

Spatial Corp. announced that Spatial's 3D InterOp Suite provides the native CAD translators for IronCAD DCS 2011. Details

TraceParts announced that its 3D library of suppliers and standard parts catalogs has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 2012. Details 

Other

Autodesk, Inc. announced the United States Air Force, Office of the Civil Engineer, has signed a BPA with DLT Solutions for access to the Autodesk portfolio. Details

BigMachines, Inc. announced that Co-Founder and CEO Godard Abel was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Details

Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. announced it will host the 2011 International Forum on DFMA, June 13-15, in Providence, R.I. Details

CAD Schroer announced that, between 2009 and 2010, downloads of MEDUSA4 Personal increased by 46%. Details

Centric Software, Inc. announced results for its fiscal year closing Jan. 31. Details

Eurostep announced the Call for Abstracts for PDT Europe 2011. The due date for abstracts is April 30. The theme this year is: Collaborate to Compete - using PLM standards to architect the extended and virtual enterprise. Details

ITI TranscenData announced that Doug Cheney has received PDES, Inc.'s 2011 Bryan K. Martin Technical Excellence Award. Details

Majenta PLM announced it has been awarded a contract by AESSEAL to provide and implement multi-site licences of Siemens Teamcenter. Details

Majenta PLM announced that John Shuttleworth Yacht Designs Ltd has selected Siemens NX 7.5. Details

Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it received the 2011 Design News Golden Mousetrap Award for Best Product in the Design Tools Category for its FloTHERM 3D CFD software. Details

MSC Software announced that MSC Patran and Sinda simulate extreme thermal conditions in the Violet Satellite spacecraft. Details

PROSTEP AG announced it has published a White Paper entitled "3D Formats in the Field of Engineering - A Comparison". Details

 

 

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