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


www.ptc.com

 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 →

Aras PLM Expanded Footprint


Aras PLM

Aras is Flexing its PLM Muscles, Offering Broad PLM Vision Aras ACE 2014 conference in Chicago earlier this week made one thing very clear: Aras is on the move to broaden the breadth of capabilities of the Aras Innovator PLM software and deepen its industry-specific functionality. The areas I find most important and, not surprisingly, are … continue reading →

On PLM (In)Compatibility


Data Access

Long-term Product Data Retention

I have been doing some work lately around issues of long-term product data retention: how long companies retain product data, the laws and policies – existing and upcoming – that regulate these practices, and whether the frequent releases of CAD and PLM software impact the ability of product data owners, and … continue reading →

Boards Not Thrilled With CIOs


Boards Want Better IT Information

According to a survey conducted by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and reported by CIO Magazine, many board members are dissatisfied with quality of information they get from their CIOs. Directors want the CIO to give them more and better information, especially about IT risk. According to the report, only 13% of board … continue reading →