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The Art of Flexibility and Control in Small to Medium Manufacturing Operations

Lifecycle Insights recently performed a survey of small and mid-sized manufacturers to learn more about the challenges they face and the steps they are taking to meet those challenges.

In this webinar, we will look into the results of this survey with insights from our speakers on how SMB manufacturers are addressing these topics, the challenges and what solutions are being employed across other small to medium manufacturers

The rapidly changing PCB DFM landscape – Live Annual Event

PCB design for manufacturing (DFM) is moving to the cloud. But why? Who is it for? And how is the cloud changing the way DFM is done? Read more on the Siemens’ blog.


Guided simulation workflows: A shift-left simulation strategy

Engineers are increasingly adopting simulation early in the design process. And it’s easy to see why this shift-left strategy is gaining popularity. Simulation enables engineers to meet tight deadlines and satisfy multidisciplinary product requirements. Read more on the Siemens’ blog.

The Escalating Complexity of NPI

Companies are trying to keep up with escalating consumer demands. As a result, companies’ new product introduction processes have become more complex.

This is the second in a series of six articles outlining findings from our 2021 NPI and Sourcing study.

Design Silos: Overcome the Communication Gap to Develop Complex Products

Engineers from many different domains design and build today’s complex products. They commonly work in silos, which can cause problems that eat up time and money down the line. Design silos aren’t going anywhere, but companies can manage them—and improve product development—by supporting frictionless communication and collaboration.

Article by Chad Jackson on Aras Open PLM Community Blog

Two Design Approaches – Will MBSE Design Prevail?

Products are increasing in complexity at an astonishing rate. Smartphones are just one example: today’s devices combine the functionality of yesterday’s phones, cameras, calculators, and pagers and place desktop applications and internet browsers in the palms of our hands. Advancing electrification, mass miniaturization, and IoT-driven digitization are making a vast range of devices smarter and smaller.
To cope with these changes, manufacturers must transform the way they develop complex systems.

This post compares and contrasts the traditional and modern approaches to developing and verifying products.

Fix the Mask: A Simple and Efficient Solution to Global Need

During difficult times, startups can still prevail. This podcast feature’s Sabrina Paseman, founder of Fix the Mask. Fix the Mask is focused on supplying better masks in the face of COVID. Lifecycle Insights CEO Chad Jackson interviews Sabrina on Siemen’s podcast, Startups: Digitalization to Realization

Using VR and AR for Virtual Commissioning

Virtual reality and augmented reality are used in a variety of industrial settings, allowing manufacturers to visualize entities either in a virtual environment or the real world. Engineers can demonstrate a machine’s design and operation using VR. VR and AR can benefit the world of manufacturing, but throw virtual commissioning into the mix, and an entirely new world of possibilities presents itself.

Systems Engineering Enables Traceability for Electrical and Electronic Design

Systems engineering practices help organizations mitigate and manage product complexity. When applied to electronics and electrical systems, systems engineering takes on a whole new meaning. Using this approach, teams break down a product’s requirements and functions with a high degree of granularity and allocate them to functions, logical architectures, and physical items. In doing so, they gain traceability that enables them to explore the impact of any design changes on requirements and make the best decisions possible.

This post explores some of the different areas where systems engineering makes a difference and how systems engineering enables traceability.