September 23, 2014
Ahh, part reuse, you're an old problem. Aren't you. In the past two decades, many enterprise systems have sought to address part reuse. We've had supplier management systems. We've had part categorization systems. We've had shape-based search. Yet the problem seems to still persist. Engineers, pressed for time, create new CAD models and release them as part of new design projects. Part numbers proliferate. Opportunities for part number reduction sail by. Opportunities for larger volume discounts with suppliers slip away. The enterprise groans.