Digitalization and the Digital Thread

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

A Single Source of the Truth for the BOM Still Doesn’t Exist

It is crazy how time flies. Blink and 2015 is gone. I guess that’s what happens when you get busy. I hope that 2016 decides to pass by a little more slowly. But I don’t think I’ll have much luck with that. Regardless, I have a topic that I’ve wanted to touch upon for quite …

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Money, Benjamin Franklin

aPriori: Adding Costing to the Engineering Toolbox

If there’s one finding that seems to be show up again and again in our research studies, it’s that engineers are seriously time constrained. There’s simply too much to do in too little time. That’s made me more aware of tools that can aid engineers do things at a higher quality in a short amount …

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Update on SPLM Strategy for Engineering Solutions

It is that time again! Every year, in the fall, Siemens PLM holds an analyst event where they provide an update on their perspective on the industry, their overall strategy and updates for their products. This year, it was the week of September 7th. This post provides an update on Siemens PLM‘s strategy for engineering …

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3DEXPERIENCE: The Transition Might Be Easier and Sooner Than You Think

Just a little over a month ago, Dassault Systèmes rounded up a a number of press and analyst folks to give us a some insight into the 2015 version of ENOVIA. It included an update on their business overall and new functionality. However, it also covered a healthy dose of the transition of Dassault Systèmes overall towards …

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Altair Engineering’s New Release of Hyperworks

In the last month or so, we’ve had a a lot of activity in terms of new products and releases in the simulation world, including some that have been fairly revolutionary. So when the folks at Altair Engineering announced their upcoming release of Hyperworks, I was interested to see what they’d do. From my perspective, …

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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Autodesk Adds Data Management to PLM360

In the landscape of PLM solutions, Autodesk’s PLM360 seemed like the rebel. Since its inception, PLM360 has focused on providing capabilities to enable and manage processes, not product data. But in mid September, Autodesk expanded the capabilities of the system to cover one of the most basic sets of PLM functionality: data management. However, they …

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Siemens PLM Teamcenter: Separating Platforms and Apps

In the past five years, CAD applications have undergone a significant amount of change. We’ve seen the advent of Direct Modeling. The use of 2D for design has seen some serious advancements. Interoperability seems to be improving, even if incrementally. And after getting all the attention for many years, CAD seemed to have gain the …

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PDM is a Personal Productivity Tool

Ready for a rousing debate on Product Data Management (PDM)? It may not be the most compelling topic, but reading up on it has its uses. In a pinch, it’s a surefire way to get to sleep on time. It’s a fine alternative to watching paint dry. And make no mistake, if you’re ever trying …

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Software Profile: CATIA

CATIA is a longstanding CAD application with traditional as well as progressive capabilities.

Delving into CATIA, you’ll find all of the capabilities one would expect from a traditional CAD application. You’ll find parametric feature-based modeling along with extensive drawing documentation functionality. You’ll also uncover NC machining, CMM and tool design tools. Routed system functionality is there with wiring, harness and piping. As opposed to Solidworks, most of the niche CAD areas has been filled with CATIA modules instead of 3rd party partners.

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