IT in manufacturing: Where is PLM headed?

Bernard Charles DS President and CEO at ECF 2011
Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by

Following his attendance at two major PLM user conferences in late 2011 Tim brown traces the development directions being taken by PTC and Dassault Systèmes and summarises recent announcements from competing vendors for a broad view of PLM technology progression.


PTC worked hard in 2010 and 2…

IT in manufacturing: PLM – an introduction

Today, most engineers design with CAD, many of them using some kind of Product Data Management tool to assist release management and engineering change control
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To give readers a grounding for the following extended article on Product Lifecycle Management software offerings, Mike Evans, research director at industry technology analyst firm Cambashi, gives an overview of the PLM software landscape, the purpose of the technology and the extent of its pe

Manufacturing technologies: The V factory

The Cave virtual reality environment cost £2m to install and is powered 16 high performance PCs as well as two additional machines for processing CAD for the 3D projectors and for recording output data.
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Jane Gray learns about the technology investment that keeps on giving at Jaguar Land Rover – its virtual reality ‘cave’ – and about its innovative application to the very fabric of the company’s factories as well as its products and processes.

The use of virtual reality in the automotive industry to …

Ronald Teijken of IBM on manufacturing technologies

Ronald Teijen, Commerce Solutions Regional Leader, Smarter Commerce, IBM
Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by

Ronald Teijken regional leader, Smarter Commerce at IBM, responds to the article Service culture is not enough, published in TM, Jan 2012, with some thoughts on the role to be played by social media technologies in augmenting and altering traditional approaches to service offerings.


ERP – better, faster, cheaper

Urbis Lighting uses Microsoft Dynamics AX

Undeniably, implementing an ERP system is a simpler affair than it used to be. A decade back, for instance, analyst firm Meta Group calculated that the average ERP implementation took 23 months, cost $15 million, and had a negative ROI. Those days, thankfully, are gone.

But even so, implementing ER…

EXHEAT integrates PLM and Microsoft AX

Posted on 6 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

In any manufacturing business, bill of material maintenance is a chore.  But in a project-centric, engineered-to-order manufacturing business, it’s a downright dangerous chore.

Make a mistake, in short, and the consequences can be painful. For if the ‘as built’ or ‘as manufactured’ bill of mat…

The 60 second interview

Posted on 2 Feb 2012 by

TM quizzes Don Carlson, EMEA education director at design and PLM software vendor Autodesk, on his organisation’s commitment to creating an inspiring future for industry.

TM: Summarise what your division of Autodesk does.

DC: By partnering with academic leaders, Autodesk’s education team hel…

Can ERP Boost Your Business’s Competitive Edge?

Posted on 1 Feb 2012 by Tim Brown

In early 2007, Chesterfield-based Stainless Steel Fasteners Ltd — a subsidiary of engineering conglomerate IMI, and a world leader in the manufacture of high integrity special fastener products — recognised it had to replace its ageing ERP system.  Lacking a Customer Relationshi

5 top tips for successful ERP selection

Posted on 29 Jan 2012 by Tim Brown

Selecting the wrong ERP system can be a very expensive mistake – not to mention a career-limiting one. Yet it’s very easily done.

According to research carried out by IDC Manufacturing Insights in conjunction with ERP vendor Infor, a third of manufacturers in Western Europe see no measurabl…