Product Data Management (PDM)

Brave New World: PLM without PDM

Is PDM and requisite part of PLM? That’s the question we took at a recent roundtable discussion at this year’s COFES. You see, in the past year, there have been a number of PLM-ish products that have been launched that don’t have PDM capabilities included. You have Autodesk’s PLM360 which can optionally be integrated with …

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Is PDM Disruption Ready?

What’s it take to get some love? At one time, PDM was the bleeding edge of the software industry for product development. After trying to manually manage the complex interrelationships between CAD files and documents, people were ecstatic to have a system that would just do it. Initially, it was seen as a miraculous boon. …

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The Many Faces of Product Data Management

As I’ve said before and I’m sure I’ll say again, terminology in this industry can be a source of confusion. And even though it’s been around for quite some time, PDM can actually fall into that same category. If nothing to add a little more clarity to how PDM is defined in the posts on …

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Let Your Engineers Engineer

For quite some time, I’ve been mildly horrified at little time engineers actually get to engineer products. There are a billion and one distractions, all very real distractions, but ones that could be avoided. The folks at Cadalyst reached out to be to see if I’d be willing to write an article that talked to …

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The Devil Must Be Cold: Autodesk Launches PLM Product Nexus

I remember the day Carl Bass went on his “rant.” While what Carl was saying was eyebrow-raising, I distinctly recall finding the reactions of those around me just as interesting. The foreign press and analysts, listening to Carl’s words being translated through their headphones, exchanged quizzical looks that spoke volumes: “is this translating correctly?” The …

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The Pitfalls of Multi-Disciplinary Simulations: Divergent Model Abstractions

For the past few years, most of the simulation and analysis industry has been abuzz concerning multi-disciplinary (MD) simulations, and rightly so. MD analysis offers a far more realistic view of product performance than one-off simulations. But despite the increasing availability of MD simulation capabilities, it’s not all roses. In fact, there are some serious …

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Mechatronics Management (Part 2): Electrical 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 aspects, software aspects and integrated aspects. In the minds of many, managing electrical aspects of products has, well, already be done. Meaning there have been approaches and technologies that …

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Mechatronics Management (Part 1): Mechanical Aspects

For the past three years, I’ve headed out to Phoenix AZ for the Congress on the Future of Engineering Software to talk with numerous providers and users of engineering software. The discussions are always pretty forward-looking, almost bleeding edge instead of leading edge. In the analyst briefing on System Modeling and Analysis, which was led by Allan Behren (who goes by the twitter handle @AllanBehrens), one of the engineering IT leader for For, Richard Riff, made a statement that made my ears perk up (the following is a paraphrase).

The Intersection of Engineering IT and the Cloud

Seems nowadays its hard to read about engineering IT without coming across something about the cloud. And while it’s definitely an interesting concept, it hasn’t necessarily been explicitly clear what advantage or value it providers to designers, engineers or analysts. With ideas of IT related issues that have plagued engineering in the past, I started to think hard about the cloud.