September 13, 2004
OneSpace.net 2005 Promotes Team Collaboration
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OneSpace.net 2005 Promotes Team Collaboration
CoCreate Software, Inc., a provider of collaboration software and 3D CAD, announced the release of OneSpace.net 2005, an online project data management and team collaboration solution that enables engineers, suppliers, customers, and experts to work efficiently and effectively across a distributed project team.
CoCreate knows that communications across multi-site, contract, and outsourced project teams today often get lost among too many databases, firewalls, e-mail attachments, engineering changes, and misunderstandings. OneSpace.net 2005 offers an alternative for team collaboration: uniting the 'too many' into one place on the web. For product details or to register for a free trial of OneSpace.net 2005, please visit
Synchronize through web folders: OneSpace.net 2005 fits with how project teams work today, providing a simple way to control, track, and version project data. Through web folders, OneSpace.net 2005 is now a part of each user's file system so that team members from any location can access the most up-to-date version of project data. Team members from inside or outside the company can work on this data from a shared location that behaves like a network drive. It's now easy to access team projects through Windows Explorer, as well as open and save files directly from applications such as Microsoft Office Suite that support web folders.
Synchronize with enterprise systems: In today's business environment, valuable product development data often is stored across multiple enterprise systems such as ERP, PLM, and SCM. As a result, project members struggle to find and obtain the right versions of their data. And many businesses now need to give customers, suppliers, or other outside team members up-to-date access to project data without giving them full access to proprietary company systems. OneSpace.net 2005 collaboration software offers companies a middle ground between an "all or nothing" approach to data access for such team members.
not sensitive company information.
processes, team members can use and reuse the templates across future projects.
bringing new products to market."
"Whether product development team members are spread out across town or across the global value chain, there's no excuse now for allowing costly misunderstandings and delayed schedules to be part of business as usual," said William M. Gascoigne, CoCreate CEO. "OneSpace.net 2005 clears the way for project success by helping users access the right version of their data from any location, view it in a meaningful way, and engage with their team members to coordinate ideas and changes. We put customers on the fast track to delivering innovative products to market on schedule."
CoCreate develops 3D CAD and collaboration software for manufacturers and their project teams. Its mechanical CAD product, Designer Modeling, is for designers who need freedom to create and change 3D designs without misunderstandings or delay. Model Manager, a data management product, is for teams who can't afford to work on the wrong revision of a 3D CAD model or 2D drawing when creating assemblies. OneSpace.net collaboration software is for project teams who are overwhelmed by the complexity of a design process that stretches across sites, contractors, or outsourced teams.
of many of the players in this class of products than anything strictly technical. The main thing that I've always liked about CoCreate's approach to collaboration is the elegant simplicity with which it does it. It is very Windows compliant and easy to learn and administer. These reasons alone are probably why CoCreate is still around with a bright future ahead of it.
Product Redesign -- Not Outsourcing To China -- Holds Cost Advantage For U.S. Manufacturers
Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc., announced the results of a benchmarking study entitled "Improved Product Design Practices Would Make U.S. Manufacturing More Cost Effective." The study attacks longstanding assumptions about product costs that have troubled manufacturers for decades, both in the United States and worldwide.
The authors argue that U.S. companies should do a much better job of integrating cost analysis into product design. If rigorous cost analysis was instituted as a foundation for product design, the study states, U.S. manufacturers would be able to develop innovative products that are more economical to produce in the United States.
The complete text of the study, "Improved Product Design Practices Would Make U.S. Manufacturing More Cost Effective: A Case to Consider Before Outsourcing to China," coauthored by Nicholas P. Dewhurst and David G. Meeker, is available at
One of the more provocative conclusions of the study is that it can be more advantageous for U.S. manufacturers to lower costs by redesigning products than by outsourcing production to other countries such as China. In many instances, the study shows, redesigning a product and manufacturing it in the United States is a better option for saving money.
To support this idea, the authors identify two principles of design best practices that many U.S. manufacturing companies overlook when making outsourcing decisions:
The study demonstrates that if companies consider the potential for design improvement along with a realistic estimate of the full costs of outsourcing, it often makes more sense to manufacture products in the United States.
"We know, from years of consulting with design engineers, that U.S. manufacturers have very little visibility into what their products should cost to make," said coauthor Nicholas Dewhurst, executive vice president of Boothroyd Dewhurst, Inc. "Companies historically do a poor job of integrating cost analysis into early product design. Many companies now rushing to outsource manufacturing still do not understand that the design of the product determines the final cost.
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