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Automotive Program Management is at the Heart of Supplier Success

Reliable program management has become a critical competency for automotive suppliers. It drives customer satisfaction and quality requirements. Just as importantly, it also determines financial success. But recent shifts in the industry, namely electrification, supply chain disruption, and a spiraling number of OEMs, have stressed the traditional processes and IT systems used today. For many …

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Boosting Mechanical Design Team Productivity with CAD Solutions 

Executives are focused on boosting the productivity of mechanical design engineers, and rightfully so.  Engineers persevere through a challenging workload in the face of shrinking timelines and increasingly complex products. As a result, morale and work quality can suffer.

Overcoming Design Complexity with Increased Productivity from your CAD Solutions

Manufacturers are under more pressure than ever to design innovative products. These products incorporate more electronic and software components. In a modern world, this means they are subject to increasingly stringent, requirements. The result? Added complexity for the design process; more complexity means more difficulty. The aim of Lifecycle Insights’ CAD Usability Study was to …

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The Evolution of the PCB Librarian Role

Is the traditional PCB librarian’s role becoming obsolete? Printed circuit board (PCB) engineers and specialists like signal integrity (SI) and electromagnetic interference (EMI) engineers have traditionally had very different responsibilities, but the lines between these roles are now becoming blurred. Over the past few years, engineers performing the layout tasks within the PCB design flow …

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Granular Changes and Onshape: Powering Critical Use Cases

Onshape, a computer-aided design (CAD) is built on a SAAS (software as a service) model. It allows granular changes to be tracked and merged into projects. This is significant for teams working remotely on the same project. The power of Onshape is its compute-intensive processing enhanced by its use of cloud computing and internet servers. …

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PLM vs. ALM – Which to use for Electronic Board Systems?

During the development of electronic board systems, printed circuit boards, multi-board systems, and the like (for this discussion they will be called “electronic board systems” to encompass them all), using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) seemed to be a natural progression. PLM was traditionally used to manage mechanical hardware. It easily became the process for electronic …

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Codebeamer – ALM Solution for Manufacturers Creating Regulatory-Constrained Products

On April 20, PTC announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Intland Software. This review was developed prior to this announcement.  We hear all the time that it is eating the world, and it’s true. Software is an integral part of many regulatory-constrained products that we use in our day-to-day lives. And …

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INDUSTRY VETERAN JOHN MCMILLAN JOINS LIFECYCLE INSIGHTS

We are in a new and exciting transformative era in electronic product design. Product design that historically encompassed a variety of applications and most often required a unique specialist for different aspects of design are evolving into product design flows that consider the end product as early as the functional specification. To help navigate and …

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Connecting the Digital Thread with the Digital Twin

Today’s forward-looking organizations are using both digital threads and digital twins. Yet, many traditional digital thread platforms are not optimized for a company’s success. Implementing an integrated digital twin and digital thread strategy based on a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution is a better option. Then organizations can connect with and use information in new …

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