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Shape Up The Way You Search With EXALEAD OnePart

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

3DExperience-272x300Many of our GoEngineer customers already know me; I’ve been helping you with your Data Management issues for years. There is much more to Data Management than Revision Control, Change Processes, and Collaboration, it is also about organizing and finding your data.

One of the biggest challenges with the massive amounts of data generated by companies and individuals these days, is that it can be very tough to organize, and even tougher to search. You inevitably end up making multiple copies of your files (compounding the size of your dataset) and probably have them saved in various locations – perhaps one copy in your PDM system, another copy on a network drive for the shop floor, and a 3rd PDF that’s stored and managed in your PLM system.

It’s great that you’re already using tools like PDM and PLM, but there hasn’t been a way to search all 3 sources simultaneously, in the same interface, without building a homegrown/custom search tool to do so.

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Developing Better Products is a “Piece of Cake”

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

I’m not much of a baker, but I can follow instructions reasonably well. If I wanted to bake aPLM1 cake, I could find a recipe, buy the specified ingredients, mix them together and bake for the recommended period of time. By following a recipe, I would increase the chances that the end result actually looks and tastes like cake! Just as a recipe provides the detailed instructions to make a quality cake, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems provide the information and instructions to design quality products. Whether your company makes medical devices, industrial equipment, laptops, cell phones or other consumer products – PLM provides a secure, centralized database to manage the entire product record into a “Single Record of the Truth”. This ensures you can design and manufacture high quality products and get them to market fast and efficiently.

Agile PLM allows companies to aggregate all the components, documentation, software, engineering drawings and Bill of Material (BOM) into one system. The BOM can be thought of as the product recipe for your finished product. It may include off-the-shelf and custom parts, software and firmware, documentation, and both mechanical and electrical CAD drawings so that every aspect of the product configuration is controlled. Within the BOM view of Agile, users gain immediate insight into whether there are attached documents, pending change orders or quality issues against any level of an assembly. Users may quickly traverse the BOM to view any of the associated records or attachments. User-defined security roles and privileges ensure adherence with corporate security policies, configuration management practices and regulatory compliance initiatives. Internal and external collaboration is enabled to allow individuals, departments and partners the appropriate level of access to product information.

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On-Demand Communication For Design Teams

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Social, connected, conceptual, and instinctive are the four pillars of the 3DEXPERIENCE—the next step for the design community!

We should all know what these words mean on their own, but how does that definition change in the context of the design environment?

Let’s explore the definitions of the first two pillars: social and connected. (more…)

How Small Businesses Invest in Technology Part 3: Business-centric Companies

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Pioneer Spirit Prevails!

For hundreds of years, ordinary people have forged new paths, pioneering ahead of the masses to find new ways—explorers, innovators and entrepreneurs. Every field of study has those special individuals who show us better & brighter ideas. Some of my revered pioneers are a little eclectic: Leonardo da Vinci, Eli Whitney, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Erle Halliburton, Ray Kroc, Ed Malzahn, among many others.

I am proud to say that I’ve had the opportunity to work for companies founded by two of these greats. (more…)

Design without worrying about the process

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

3DExperienceDare to dream: collaborative design with socially connected projects that facilitate design iteration. Wouldn’t that be nice? I know that I could have personally benefited from this concept numerous times. Today we will answer some of the questions that I know a lot of you will have, because I had them myself.

 

Let’s start with the basics. What is the 3DEXPERIENCE? I have heard several people refer to it as the Facebook for SOLIDWORKS users. There is something to that, but not in the way that you might think. Facebook has forever changed the way that we interact with our social groups.   In a similar way, the 3DEXPERIENCE is going to change the way that we interact and work as design teams. You probably won’t see videos of cats jumping into walls in the 3DEXPERIENCE unless, of course, your company designs cat retention systems.

 

3DEXPERIENCE is a platform that allows users to interact with task specific apps, update colleagues, and capture other ideas as they happen.


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How Small Businesses Invest in Technology Part 2: Engineering-centric Companies

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Surprising Solutions

Engineering is all about problem-solving.

One of my favorite design problems involved a small encoder mount for a mixing system. The encoders were used to count rotations on a screw that metered dry product into a mixer.

SS1Operators of this equipment were breaking encoders at an alarming rate and they were expensive to replace—not to mention the equipment downtime.

After determining the root cause of the issue, it was clear that a better mount had to be produced; we designed seven pieces of laser-cut stainless steel that fit together like a puzzle. But the tricky part was how to hold all of the puzzle pieces into a sturdy mount.

The very seasoned electrical engineer working with me on the project suggested—out of the blue—a simple hairpin. I thought he had lost his mind, but after giving his idea some consideration I later discovered he was right!

Innovative solutions might seem risky and even a bit crazy at first—that’s what makes them exciting.

This is part 2 of a 3-part blog series. Today, we will be looking into how engineering-centric companies can tackle the challenges of new technologies.

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How Small Businesses Invest in Technology Part 1: Production-centric Companies

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

We fear change!

Have you ever come home to find that someone has moved your favorite recliner? (Shouldn’t be a big deal, right?) But your first slightly irritated reaction may have been: “Why did this move?”

Humans are creatures of habit.

The truth is that we’d like some things in life to be concrete and not to move or change. According to popular personality testing, there are 4 personality types and three of them fear change—that means the majority of humanity fears change!

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to observe how companies of different sizes tend to adopt new technologies. From my perspective, engineering and manufacturing companies can be grouped into three general types: production-centric, engineering-centric, and business-centric.

I will explore each of these types in this 3-part blog series, starting this week with production-centric companies.


Technology Perceptions
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