Design Reuse: Reusing vs. Cloning and Owning


Duplicate Content

Reusing vs. Cloning and Owning

As I am preparing for my presentation and panel discussion at the Product Innovation Congress in San Diego next week, I am speaking with colleagues and experts in all things PLM. I recently spoke with Charlie Krueger from BigLever on product line engineering (PLE) and how some organizations and individuals … continue reading →

Wisdom of Things


Internet of Things (IoT)

On a recent Internet radio show I discussed the potential business value of the Internet of Things (IoT) and my views about the accelerators and, the more critical, inhibitors to the evolution of this much advertized concept.

Wisdom of Things

The potential value of the IoT is not in the ability to connect and access … continue reading →

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD


Stratasys Objet 3D Printer

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD: Analysis and Implications

3D printer company Stratasys announced today of definite plans to acquire Cambridge, Mass.-based GrabCAD. GrabCAD is known for spearheading efforts to create an “open engineering” environment that allows engineers to share 3D CAD models. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but the price is estimated to be about … continue reading →

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. Gartner defines … 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


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 →