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Multiple Intelligences and the Engineer

Have you ever heard someone describe intelligence in different ways? I remember while growing up, someone might be called ‘book smart’ if they were good at school studies or ‘street smart’ if they were wise in the ways of life. However, in general, I think this type of concept was dismissed as myth far more …

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The Impact of Reshoring Momentum on Engineering

I remember when the initial trends towards offshoring started. Manufacturers were exploring and pursuing it behind the scenes because, as you might imagine, it was terribly unpopular. The thought of moving american jobs overseas didn’t do good things for the brand and reputation for those companies. But soon enough, it became an open secret. And …

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CAD Standardization: Approaching An Obsolete Practice?

I remember back when I came into the industry, back in 1995, CAD standardizations ruled. OEMs at the top of design chains carried huge power in selecting a CAD application and then requiring their suppliers to deliver 3D models to them in that format. OEMs that switched their standard from one CAD application to another …

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The Best Domestic Talent Pool for Engineering?

It seems like finding the right engineering talent for your organization is never easy. There’s the STEM shortfall issue where we aren’t graduating enough engineers to fill the roles needed domestically. And even with a number of engineering roles available, organizations, as one article from EETimes suggests, are getting more picky about hiring the right …

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Mechatronic Management (Part 4): Integrated System Engineering Aspects

This series of four posts looks at the management of items, data and bills of material for mechatronic products. It is split into mechanical aspects, electrical aspect, software aspects and integrated aspects. Time flies, right? I started this series on Mechatronics Management back in April thinking it would be straightforward. But I have to admit …

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Point Solutions, Integrated Solutions and the Granularity Value Proposition

A few weeks ago, I published a software review post titled Actify Centro and Microsoft SharePoint: The 3D Mashup. In it I looked at one of Actify’s new products and offered my perspective. A few days later, Oleg Shilovitsky published a post titled 3D Mashup – Reality Check where he laid out some of his …

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Offline or Inline Technology Development: Which Do You Use?

Quite a few years ago, I remember taking a road trip in the summer. Not a family road trip to see the Grand Canyon or an all nighter drive to New Orleans. No, this one was for work. I visited a number of manufacturers at the time, taking tours of their facilities and conducting interviews …

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Kubotek’s ECO Manager: A Usable Difference Report?

Kubotek does CAD stuff, right? Walking into the Kubotek offices out in Marlborough MA, that certainly was my impression. But some two hours later, I left with a different one. Don’t get me wrong. They’re not launching a PLM product or anything. But their ECO Manager is far more oriented towards processes and procedures than …

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Changing the PLM Landscape: PTC’s Acquisition of MKS

A few weeks ago, while I was in Boston, I sat down with a couple old friends for lunch. We like to talk about what’s happening in the industry and at one point, the discussion turned towards PTC’s acquisition of MKS. “I don’t get it. It makes no sense to me.” In my interactions since …

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