Migrate the Few or Migrate the Masses: Import What You Need, How You Need to Autodesk PLM 360

Another request we hear often is to migrate existing items to Autodesk PLM 360, bringing them in at whatever workflow state they are at—which more often than not is further down the line than the initial state. This is common when you want to migrate existing Change Orders, for example.

Rightsizing Your Licensing

When making an investment in a business system, most people’s primary concern is the up-front cost of the software license, however, there are a number of additional factors that are also very important in the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), such as training, implementation, hardware, and staffing and administration. Nonetheless, the most obvious system-related cost […]

Enabling “Just Enough” Access

Most manufacturers already know what they need to share with suppliers and customers, they just don’t know how, or perhaps better said, don’t know the best way to share that data. That data is probably drawings, or perhaps a rendition of a drawing, product information, product structure or BOM information, etc. If you have implemented […]

The Life of a BOM

Many mechanical design companies think of the bill of materials (BOM) as a report of the components used in their design. Increasing levels of design sophistication and higher levels of cross-departmental communication has lead to a different view of this piece of product documentation. Actually, the piece of documentation isn’t viewed differently, but its contents […]

Options for PDM Multi-Site Architectures

Most engineering and manufacturing businesses that need PDM expect they will need multi-site capabilities in their PDM system someday due to geographic expansion, mergers and acquisitions, etc. Just because a PDM vendor says they support multi-site functionality doesn’t mean they have the right architecture for your situation. To help you understand the options and what […]

PDM Versus ERP

Since the introduction of the document/file management capabilities in ERP/MRP systems in the 1990’s, the debate has raged about where to keep product data. It is hard to argue with the fact that manufacturing needs access to drawings, specifications, and other technical information to be able to produce a company’s product. Conversely though, very few […]

Think Outside the Box…and the Company That Produces It

You analyze your processes, you tweak them, you redesign them, you implement improvements, but all you get is a meager return on your invested efforts. While you may have benefited from redesigning your internal processes, it doesn’t take long to realize that in most cases, it’s not your delays and errors that are the most […]

Flow: It’s Not Just for Manufacturing Anymore

Some attention has been paid to the application of Lean Manufacturing principles in the back office (for example, “Lean Thinking” by Womack and Jones), but there are not many engineers who understand the lean concepts well enough to apply them to their design and other engineering processes. One aspect of Lean Manufacturing is especially interesting […]

PLM Participation Versus Integration

If your company uses CAD tools and if those CAD files are managed by PDM software, then you already know the benefits of PLM integration, meaning programmed interactions between PLM elements whereby the data management system understands and interprets authoring tools’ internal data structures. Without integration, it would be nearly or completely impossible to manage […]