Using Automated Change Management Software to Improve Productivity and Reduce Costs

Presented by: Jim Gordon VP Development, Kubotek USA

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Charles Darwin once said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change”. This is just as true with companies as it is with the origin of species. During the product development cycle, engineering design data is continually changing as products are developed. Depending on the organizational structure of the process, design data passes to other internal and external (supplier) stakeholders for engineering analysis, manufacturing, tooling and quality planning. A common problem for these stakeholders is determining how the data is changing. This problem is often overlooked as multiple teams repeatedly search for changes that are relevant to their process. Suppliers and internal teams often “catch” the data as new revisions are thrown “over the wall” then struggle with updating their portion of the process.

From small changes in part tolerance annotations to changes in large assemblies … inefficiencies in communication cause program delays and increase scrap rates in tooling and production parts. This presentation will present strategies to identify, analyze and communicate change in an OEM-Supplier ecosystem. Examples will be shown on how to streamline change management to realize significant productivity and quality improvements for companies using 3D data as a basis for engineering their products.

About the Presenter...

Jim Gordon provides the technological vision and development leadership for Kubotek USA's engineering software products. As a technology innovator with over 20 years of CADCAM software development experience, Jim has developed many new innovations in the industry including interoperability healing and tolerant modeling, direct feature editing, real time feature discovery, prune/graft technology, and part Validation. Prior to joining Kubotek, Jim was VP of Development and Chief Architect of ACIS, a product of Spatial Corp. As the VP of development he led an international team of developers. As the Chief Architect he provided the technological direction and innovation to the development team. Prior to working for Spatial Jim Gordon worked for Unigraphics developing interoperability, surfacing and feature functionality in UGII. This also included working for Shape Data in Cambridge, England, the makers of the Parasolid modeling kernel.


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