The Emergence of Application-Specific IoT

General IoT vs. Application-Specific IoT

Gartner recently published the 2014 Gartner Hype Cycle Special Report, which evaluates the market perception and penetration for over 2,000 technologies, services and technology trends. Of particular interest to many was the placement of the Internet of Things (IoT) at the top of the Peak of Inflated Expectations. The Peak … continue reading →

Can PLM Software Benefit a Small Company?

Product Development

In my market research in PLM, PDM and related fields, and my consulting work with engineering organizations, including those that we refer to as SMBs: small- to mid-size businesses, I frequently find that they tend to think about PLM as a tool ideally suited for large organizations with sizable engineering teams designing complex highly engineered … continue reading →

Make Informed Design Decisions; Avoid Costly Design Mistakes

Preventable Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)

Webinar:  Chrysler, Jabil Circuits, Toshiba and  Whirlpool, avoid costly design mistakes by using a systematic approach to validating and improving product design

One of the topics I continue to research and advise manufacturing companies on is how to make informed design decisions early in the product lifecycle to improve product manufacturability and quality. In … continue reading →

Mack GuardDog Connect

Mack Trucks Bulldog

Telematics as a Service

Last October, Mack Trucks launched Mack GuardDog Connect, a telematics service based on Mack’s GuardDog onboard diagnostics (OBD) monitoring system. The service has been in operation now for over 6 months, and I thought it would be a good time to revisit the project team and discuss with them the business … continue reading →

PTC’s Closed Loop Lifecycle Management Vision

 Closed Loop Lifecycle Management

At the recent PTC Live Event, PTC’s executives outlined a vision they coin “Closed Loop Lifecycle Management” in which PLM, ALM, SLM, IoT, SCM and CAD, are linked together. The hexagon shaped relationship depicted in this picture mixes process-centric tools (PLM, ALM , SLM and SCM), engineering tools (CAD) and architectural … continue reading →

Google Driverless Car Prototype

Google Self-Driving Car Prototype

Practical Applications for Driverless Cars

Recently, Google demonstrated a driverless car of its own design it plans to start manufacturing in about a year.  The electric-powered two-seater has a maximum speed of 25 MPH, no steering wheel, pedals or controls, but it does have a stop-go button and, yes, side mirrors as required by regulation, but … continue reading →

PLM Service Providers Ready To Deliver Greater Value

Mergers and Aquisitions

What Do Recent Mergers and Acquisitions of PM Services Companies Mean for Manufacturing Companies? Recently we have been witnessing a wave of mergers and acquisitions of PLM services companies. Here are some examples, listed chronologically: In October 2013, Accenture announced the acquisition of the PRION Group – a consulting and systems integrator that specializes in … continue reading →

Should Cost Analytics

Supply Chain

How to Figure Out the True Cost of a Manufactured Part?

Manufacturing companies in today’s global economy rely on an intricate network of global and local suppliers. With typically more than 50% of operational cost is tied up in their supply chain, manufacturers must closely manage and continually optimize supply chain operations, balancing quality, cost, … continue reading →

Organovo: We May Not Produce 3D Printed Organs, But That Won’t Matter

Drug Evaluation Timeline

Are 3D Printed Organs on the Horizon?

In his Five 3D Printing Predictions For the Next Five Years, Brian Krassenstein is predicting “a Functioning Human Organ Is Printed.” Although he chooses his words carefully, Krassenstein suggests that “we are only a few years away from such an accomplishment.” While there is little doubt that additive … continue reading →