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PDM-less PLM: Is It Pragmatic or Just Problematic?

Since PLM was first conceived, it has almost been inseparable from PDM. The majority of PLM deployments included PDM as part of the PLM deployments. However, more recently, the idea that PDM must be deployed with PLM has been eschewed. Some new PLM solutions only offer plug-ins or integrations to 3rd party PDM systems, all of which is optional. Is this a good or bad idea?

Do Engineers Have the Broadest Reach Within The Enterprise?

A few days ago, I came across a very interesting blog post over at engineering.com that details out a Day in the Life of an Automotive Design Engineer by Pawl Bearing. Besides being a somewhat funny and perhaps scary read, I think its fascinating because it seems like a realistic view into the day to day life of an engineer.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Projections for the Engineering Profession

All this set me off to find some definitive source of occupational projections around the engineering profession. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a highly credible source that’s readily available. The United States Department of Labor released a fairly comprehensive projection for the decade between 2008 and 2018 across all functional professions with a specific area that focuses on engineering.

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Engineering Executive Chris Weiss on Talent Management in His Organization

A couple weeks ago, I published a post introducing Talent Management in the context of the engineering organization. I honestly believe adopting more efforts like these can be the difference in manufacturers recruiting and retaining top level engineering talent in their organizations. But instead of extolling the virtues of this type of initiative, I figured …

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The Very Real Skillset Challenges to Simulation Driven Design

It feels like we’ve been talking about simulation driven design for a really really long time. Doesn’t it? The whole idea is to setup and run simulations of a product’s performance early in the design cycle and base design decisions off those results. This approach is in contrast to using simulation towards the end of the design cycle, prior to prototype and testing or even just prior to design release, to validate and verify product performance. It might seem like a nuanced difference to some, but theoretically it can make a huge difference.

Are Engineers and Their Employers Growing More Distant?

It seems that lately there has been a lot of talent management issues in engineering. With that in mind, I came across an interesting article written by Jeffrey Pfeffer over at the Harvard Business Review called Take Care of Yourself First.

Engineering Executive Chris Weiss on Knapheide’s Selection of Solidworks

Today we’re going to hear from another manufacturer about their selection of a different CAD application: Solidworks. I had a chance to talk with Chris Weiss, the VP of Engineering at Knapheide Manufacturing, about a number of issues. In the following excerpt, he talks about the decisions process his organization went through selecting Solidworks.

An Evolving Analogy of Technology Adoption by Engineering Generations

If you’ve been reading posts here at engineering-matter.com, I’m sure by now you know I write a good bit about generational issues in engineering as well as the software applications and systems used in engineering organizations. As you might imagine, I started to think about these two issues in light of one another. Specifically, my mind started work on the question: how have different generations adopted technology in the engineering office?

More Reclamation Work for Collaboration: Providing a Product Development Context

In the last post on collaboration, we covered a lot of issues surrounding collaboration. It’s been overused. It’s been used without specificity. As a result, we all cringe a little bit whenever we hear it being trotted out to describe another process or set of engineering software.