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Stay Sharp with Razorleaf

Welcome to ‘Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,’ the ultimate podcast for all things digital in the manufacturing industry. Join us as we take a deep dive into the multifaceted world of digital transformation, exploring topics such as the digital thread, digital twins, IDEs, model based strategies and delving into the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies like PLM, MES, Integration, and more. Our expert hosts, Jonathan Scott, and Jen Ferello, will be your guides, providing valuable insights, captivating interviews, and the latest industry updates to ensure you remain at the forefront of the ever-evolving digital landscape. Whether you’re a technology enthusiast, a business leader, or simply curious about the digital realm in manufacturing, this podcast is your essential resource for staying sharp and well-informed.

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#37: The People Factor in Technology Projects

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, our hosts Jen and Jonathan delve into the human element of technology projects. They explore why managing the people aspect is often the most challenging part of tech implementations and share strategies for overcoming these hurdles.

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#36: ERP vs. PLM: What Comes First?

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, our hosts Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott engage in a thought-provoking discussion with Pieter Nevelsteen about the complexities of implementing PLM and ERP systems in digital transformation initiatives. They explore the challenges of deciding which system to implement first, the importance of enterprise architecture, and the critical role of people in driving successful outcomes.

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#35: Model Based Challenges in Manufacturing: Jeff Gleeson, Part 2

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we continue our enlightening conversation with Jeff Gleeson, who spent 33 years in production at Lockheed Martin before founding his consulting company, DMEAC. Jeff delves deeper into the technology and process challenges he faced during digital transformation initiatives and the application of model based strategies in manufacturing. Join our hosts, Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott, as they explore the complexities and opportunities of adopting a model based approach.

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#34: Models Beyond Engineering with Jennifer Herron

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we explore the transformative power of Model Based Definition (MBD) and its role in Model Based Engineering (MBE) and Digital Transformation within the manufacturing industry. Join our hosts, Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott, as they sit down with Jennifer Herron, CEO of Action Engineering, to discuss the importance of MBD in modern manufacturing processes and how these models extend beyond traditional engineering roles.

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#33: Model Based Challenges in Manufacturing

In this episode of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” hosts Jen and Jonathan delve into the intricate world of model-based enterprises (MBE) with aerospace manufacturing veteran Jeff Gleeson. 

With over three decades at Lockheed Martin and now leading his consultancy, DMEAC, Jeff offers unparalleled insights into the transition challenges from traditional to model based approaches in manufacturing.

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#32: What is Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)?

Welcome to Episode 32 of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” where we explore the burgeoning field of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and its transformative impact on digital and manufacturing landscapes.

Join us as hosts Jen and Jonathan Scott delve into the intricacies of MBSE, distinguishing it from related concepts and discussing its role in integrating multiple engineering disciplines.

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#31: Demystifying CAD vs. PLM Data Migration

Welcome to Episode 31 of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” where we demystify the complexities involved in CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) data migration.

Join us as hosts Jen and Jonathan, along with guest expert Annalise Suzuki from Elysium, navigate the nuances of data migration between these pivotal systems in digital manufacturing and product development.

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#30: Manufacturing Program Management vs. Projects with Dave Opsahl

This episode unpacks the nuances between manufacturing program management and project management, exploring their strategic impacts on the business and the process in how an organization ensures success for its customers. We are joined by Dave Opsahl, CEO of Actify.

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#29: Configuring Success: Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management-Part 2

Welcome to another episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, where we delve into the digital forefront of manufacturing. With Anders Rasmussen from ConfigIt as our guest, we peel back more layers on CLM, exploring its impacts on business, engineering processes, and the overarching digital thread in manufacturing.

Join us for Part 2 as Anders, with his extensive background in engineering and configuration software, lays the foundation for understanding CLM, differentiating it from similar concepts, and underscoring its significance in the modern manufacturing and digital landscapes.

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#28: Partnerships - When Life Happens -Part 2

Welcome back to Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, the podcast where we dive deep into the digital aspects of manufacturing and products. In this episode, we continue the conversation with Jen and Jonathan about partnerships, but this time it is focused on what happens when life happens, and they take a turn in an unfavorable direction.

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#27: Configuring Success: Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management-Part 1

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we dive into the fundamentals of Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) with expert insights from Anders Rasmussen of Configit, a company specializing in software solutions for complex configurable products.

Join us as Anders, with his extensive background in engineering and configuration software, lays the foundation for understanding CLM, differentiating it from similar concepts, and underscoring its significance in the modern manufacturing and digital landscapes.

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#26: Is Infrastructure Still Relevant - Part 2

In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we delve deeper into the ongoing discussion about the relevance of infrastructure in today’s rapidly evolving digital and manufacturing landscapes.

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#25: PLM Master Class A Comprehensive Guide to System Components - Part 3 of 3

In episode 25 of Razorleaf Podcast: “The Components of a PLM System, Part 3 (Final),” hosts Jen and Jonathan conclude their comprehensive exploration of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.

They dive into complex aspects like project and program management, systems engineering, variant management, compliance, e-signature protocols, intellectual property protection, and the intricacies of process definition.

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#24: Choosing the Right Partner

In Episode 24 of the Razorleaf Podcast, hosts Jonathan and Jen discuss choosing the right partner in digital manufacturing.

They delve into why partnerships are crucial for achieving goals in specialized fields and the importance of qualities like aligned core values and active listening for successful collaborations.

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#23: PLM Master Class - A Comprehensive Guide to System Components - Part 2 of 3

Welcome to Episode 23 of the Razorleaf Podcast – “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” where we delve into the digital and manufacturing realm.

Hosts, Jen and Jonathan, continue exploring the intricate components of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.

They delve into specialized components such as platform capabilities, file management, process management, product structure management, and the nuances of collaboration.

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#22: Out of the Box (OOTB) vs. Customization

Welcome to Episode 22 of the Razorleaf Podcast – “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” where we delve into the digital and manufacturing realm.

This episode, hosted by Jen and Jonathan, features Dennis Lindinger, a Senior Solution Architect at Razorleaf, to discuss the nuanced debate between out-of-the-box solutions and customization within PLM systems.

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#21: PLM Master Class - A Comprehensive Guide to System Components - Part 1 of 3

In this episode of the Razorleaf Podcast, “PLM Master Class: A Comprehensive Guide to System Components, Part 1 of 3,” hosts Jonathan and Jen embark on the first installment of a three-part series dedicated to dissecting the complexities of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systems.

The episode delves into the essential components and platform capabilities that underpin PLM systems, highlighting their significance in managing the entire product lifecycle.

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#20: Is Infrastructure Still Relevant

In this fascinating episode of the “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf” podcast, hosts Jen and Jonathan, along with special guest Michael Craffey, delve into the dynamic and evolving world of IT infrastructure in relation to PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systems. With a focus on the significant shifts driven by cloud technology, this episode explores how the concept of infrastructure has transformed in recent years and what this means for businesses today.

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#19: Why PLM Projects Fail

Join us in this episode of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” where our hosts Jen and Jonathan, alongside guest Eric Smith, VP of Services at Razorleaf, explore the complex world of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) projects. This episode uncovers the reasons behind the success and failure of PLM projects, offering insights from Eric’s extensive experience in overseeing numerous PLM implementations.

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#18: My Reseller Sold Me PLM Software, Now What?

In this episode of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” hosts Jonathan and Jen, along with their guest Derek Needing, VP of Sales at Razorleaf, dive into the complexities faced by companies after purchasing software through resellers, specifically focusing on PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software.

The conversation sheds light on the roles of resellers and sets realistic expectations for buyers in the technology sector, particularly in digital manufacturing.

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#17: EBOMs vs MBOMs

In this insightful episode of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” hosts Jen and Jonathan delve into the nuanced world of Bills of Material (BOMs), with a particular focus on Engineering Bills of Material (EBOMs) and Manufacturing Bills of Material (MBOMs).

As they dissect the differences, purposes, structures, and applications of these BOMs, listeners are offered a deep dive into the complexities and practicalities of managing multiple BOMs in product development and manufacturing.

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#16: Intelligent Part Numbers

Dive into the world of intelligent part numbering with Episode 16 of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf”! Join hosts Jen and Jonathan as they unravel the complexities and reveal the hidden gems of this crucial manufacturing practice.

Discover its rich history and get an insider’s view on the evolution and strategic importance of part numbering.

From the nuances of logistics and inventory management to the intricacies of product development, this episode is packed with real-world scenarios that bring the topic to life.

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#15: Digitalization and the Way People Work, with Pat Hume, CEO of Canvas GFX

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In this episode, our team invited Pat Hume, CEO of Canvas GFX, to talk about how digitalization is changing the way people work. Pat shared how this particular topic – changing the way people work –  became her passion when she took on the CEO role at Canvas.  She deeply cares about the teams working on the factory floor and is developing innovative solutions to improve the quality of the information for the front line to help ease the workforce challenges in manufacturing. Join Jonathan, Jen and Pat, as they explored what the top workforce challenges are on the factory floor, and how Canvas GFX is intent on helping manufacturing organizations overcome them.

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#14: Decoding Complexity: Exploring MES and Process Planning on the Shop Floor

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Understanding the scope of shop floor technologies, particularly manufacturing execution systems and process planning, can be a challenge.

In this episode, hosts Jonathan and Jen engage in a conversation with industry veteran Darrell Sabourin from iBase-t, who is our subject matter expert in MES and process planning and has seen it all in manufacturing and engineering throughout his 40 plus year career.

Darrell sheds light on all corners of the shop floor, offering a unique perspective and simplifying complex concepts.

Tune in for this mini-tutorial on MES and process planning, presented in a way that provides fresh insights and clarity.

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#13: Insights on PLM and the Industry with Peter Schroer

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In this episode, Eric Doubell and Jen Ferello invited Peter Schroer, former CEO of Aras Corporation, to join the podcast to share some insights about the state of PLM, now that Peter is officially retired.

Eric and Peter reflect on what has changed in PLM and, more interestingly, what hasn’t changed since he founded Aras over two decades ago.

While acronyms and technology have evolved to embrace new thinking, the common business problems remain the same.

Peter shares his candid insights on what he thinks is the real issue is underlying PLM adoption in manufacturing.

Tune in with Eric, Peter and Jen, to hear some the hard truths about PLM today.

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#12: Industry Innovation: A Look Back with Ron Fritz

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In this episode, Jonathan and Jen are joined by Ron Fritz, CEO of TechSoft 3D, a well-known provider of engineering toolkits that establish the building blocks that developers depend on to give their applications more 3D power. It’s all under the hood, so if you are in digital manufacturing, you have likely benefited from their technology.  Ron shares his unique perspective of the digital manufacturing space, where it’s been, and where it is going.

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#11: What Makes an Enterprise Model Based?

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In this episode, Jonathan Scott and Jen Ferello examine what makes an enterprise model based. They break down the many acronyms around all the concepts for model based, like MBD, which often references model based design. But can also be a reference for model based definition. And they are very different things. This episode will help you better understand the various concepts and acronyms associated with model based systems and prepare your organization for this shift that is happening across engineering and production teams and manufacturing organizations.

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#10: Delving Into the World of Integrated Digital Environments (IDEs)

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In Episode 10, we delve into the world of Integrated Digital Environments (IDEs). Join Jonathan, Jen, and special guest Steve Nichols, who leads Razorleaf’s government business sector, for an informative discussion.

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#9: Who's Who in The Zoo

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In this episode, Jonathan Scott and Jen Ferello are joined by Eric Doubell, Razorleaf’s CEO, and take a tour around the digital engineering industry to distinguish who’s who in the zoo and what they do.

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#8: What are the Considerations when Migrating Engineering Data?

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Today’s episode talks about what is involved when migrating data from one system to another. There are many schools of thought of what data migration is, and Jonathan Scott and Jen Ferello break it all down. Jonathan outlines all the things that need to be considered when planning a data migration.

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#7: New Buzzwords in Software

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This episode covers the many buzzwords associated with software today, from digital transformation, digital twins, digital thread, and all those spin-out concepts – to AI, blockchain, and more.
Your hosts, Jonathan and Jen, wind their way through the vocabulary of digital technology.
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#6: Is PLM an Engineering System

In today’s episode, your hosts, Jonathan and Jen, are pleased to welcome Derek Neiding, Vice President of Sales at Razorleaf Corporation, who is considered Razorleaf’s first employee! Derek joins the discussion to delve into the question of whether PLM systems are merely another cog in the machinery of engineering or something much more. He shares insightful perspectives on the consequences of perceiving PLM as an engineering system, as well as the diverse impacts that can be harnessed when PLM is employed strategically.

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#5: PDM vs. PLM

In today’s discussion, your hosts, Jonathan and Jen, dive deep into the vast landscape of Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the foundational concepts, historical context, and critical importance of these pillars within the realm of product development.

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#4: Integration is the Key to Better Information

In this episode of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” hosts Jonathan Scott and Jen Ferello delve into the exciting world of integrations and uncovering the secrets of seamlessly transferring data from one system to another. Join them and guest, Tim Noce, Vice President of Products at Razorleaf, as they explore the vital role that this process plays in optimizing your workflow.

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#3: What is PLM?

In this episode of “Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,” hosts Jonathan Scott and Jen Ferello take a deep dive into the complex realm of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and the indispensable PLM systems.

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#2: Business Systems Every Manufacturer Needs

Welcome to Episode 2 of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, where we explore all things digital related to products and manufacturing. In this episode, hosts Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott delve into the essential business systems that every organization involved in manufacturing needs. As they discuss these critical systems, you’ll discover that the digital landscape encompasses more than just PLM and CAD.

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#1: Introducing Razorleaf and the Digital Transformation Landscape

Welcome to the first episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf. Today, we’re introducing our new podcast, which we started with the goal of diving deep into the world of digital transformation, technology, and processes.

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