ANN ARBOR, Michigan, February 1, 2006—CIMdata consulting and research firm announces the availability of a new White Paper about “Digital Manufacturing in PLM Environments”.
Digital Manufacturing solutions have been available for some time, but most implementations have been comprised of point solutions that provide only a portion of the capabilities of a complete Digital Manufacturing solution. John MacKrell, CIMdata Senior Consultant and co-author of the report explained that while point solutions provide benefits, these are not as extensive as the benefits of an integrated solution. “Digital Manufacturing is most effectively used when it is incorporated into a broad enterprise PLM program.”
By involving the extended enterprise including product design, process design, quality, suppliers, and management, companies have been able to achieve substantial benefits throughout the enterprise. Mr. MacKrell said, “The direct benefits relate to fewer misunderstandings, better coordination during production, more effective tooling and component delivery, and improved communication.” He added that the culture of the organization may be as important as the technology it uses. To achieve the largest benefits and create an innovation environment, companies have to cross over the traditional boundaries in their organizations.
CIMdata defines Digital Manufacturing as solutions that support manufacturing process planning collaboration among engineering disciplines, from product design to manufacturing. The solutions use best practice processes and allow access to the full digital product definition, including tooling and manufacturing process designs. Digital Manufacturing is, in practice, an integrated suite of tools that work with product definition data to support tool design, manufacturing process design, visualization, simulation, and other analyses necessary to optimize the manufacturing process.
Copies of the Digital Manufacturing in PLM Environments White Paper are available at no cost through the CIMdata website.
CIMdata, an independent worldwide firm, provides strategic consulting to maximize an enterprise’s ability to design and deliver innovative products and services through the application of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. CIMdata works with both industrial organizations and suppliers of technologies and services seeking competitive advantage in the global economy by providing world-class knowledge, expertise, and best-practice methods on PLM solutions. CIMdata also conducts research, provides subscription services, produces several commercial publications, and offers industry education through international conferences in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. To learn more about CIMdata’s services, visit our website at
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