• The Finding PLM to Fit Mid-Sized High-Tech Companies ebook explains how smaller companies in the high technology industry find themselves stuck between full-featured Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems that feel out of reach and less capable solutions including cloud-based file sharing or very basic data management applications. They know they can’t afford the errors and inefficiency inherent to informal data and process management, but can’t afford a large time, resource, and financial investment to fix their problems. Unfortunately simple solutions like web file sharing, while very attractive, fall … [ read more ]

    Finding PLM to Fit Mid-Sized High-Tech Companies
  • The How-to Guide to Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD  shares best practices for moving from 2D to 3D. The guide shares the reasons you should consider going from 2D to 3D, common challenges to avoid, and benefits enjoyed by other companies who gone to 3D. The guide then shares advice to make your switch from 2D to 3D CAD a success. The recommendations were developed by analyzing the responses of Top Performing companies and comparing them to Average Performing companies.This eBook is one in a series of three:Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD Migrating from 3D CAD to a new 3D CAD Adopting … [ read more ]

    Best Practices for Going from 2D to 3D CAD
  • The Reducing Cost of Quality in CPG report shares perspectives from a survey of over 175 CPG companies to determine how Top Performers manage consumer packaged goods quality. The research finds that these leading companies are able to achieve better quality results with lower internal costs. The report analyzes their processes, organizational structures, and enabling technology to determine how they can get better quality results without placing a financial burden on the business.Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF overview (free of charge, no registration … [ read more ]

    Reducing Cost of Quality for Consumer Packaged Goods (survey report)
  • What type of experiences prepare engineering students the best for "real world" industry work? What should new graduates know when they start their first job?Please share your experience, thoughts, and lessons learned in this new survey on the engineering skills gap. We are exploring questions such as, what types of things do you look for in a new graduate? How can engineering colleges and universities improve their curriculum to better prepare students for today's modern products?  What concerns do you have about the future engineering workforce?Developing the future workforce is critical to the … [ read more ]

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  • This infographic shares the importance of developing a cohesive digital thread when developing formulated products in the consumer packaged goods industry. The digital thread should be driven by customer requirements and incorporate the recipe / formulation, specifications, packaging design, compliance information, claims, cautions, ingredients, labeling, artwork, and more to provide a full view of the product and it's design history. An effective CPG Digital Thread relies on an integrated Product Innovation Platform to connect product data from early in the front end of innovation through development, … [ read more ]

    The CPG Digital Thread (infographic)

Adopting a New 3D CAD (survey findings eBook)

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new 3D CADThe How-to Guide to Adopting a New 3D CAD  shares best practices for changing from one 3D CAD tool to another. The guide shares the reasons you should consider making a change, potential benefits of making a change, and advice for selecting a new tool. The guide then goes deeper into the steps you should take to plan a migration, training resources, what to do with legacy data, and how to prioritize what legacy data you convert. These best practices were developed by analyzing the responses of those who were very satisfied with their transition process. Their responses were compared to the rest to identify the practices that lead to higher levels of satisfaction with a transition.

This eBook is one in a series of three:

  • Transitioning from 2D CAD to 3D CAD
  • Migrating from 3D CAD to a new 3D CAD
  • Adopting model-based definition (MBD)

Please enjoy the summary below.

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Why Change to a New 3D CAD Tool?

There are several reasons why a company may change from one 3D CAD tool to another. Research from Tech-Clarity’s, “Are You Changing CAD Tools? What You Should Know” found that interestingly, those reasons have shifted over the last several years. Problems with the CAD tool used to be the primary drivers. Now, business reasons have become more important. This indicates that CAD tools have become more of a strategic piece of the overall product development solution.

However, changing something as critical as CAD involves multiple aspects. With a good understanding of best practices for adopting a new CAD tool, companies can enjoy the benefits of their new tool even sooner.

New 3D CADTech-Clarity analyzed how companies rated their transition process to migrate to a new CAD tool. The experiences of those who were especially happy with how the migration went were compared to the rest. The results of this analysis became the basis for best practices for migrating to a new 3D CAD tool. While both groups reported many benefits after making the transition, Top Performing Implementers reported even greater improvement.

Benefits of a 3D-to-3D Transition

Since implementing their current 3D CAD tool, companies report several improvements. By following best practices to support their transition to a new 3D CAD tool, Top Performing Implementers realize even more benefits. The table shows the respective improvements reported by each group.

New 3D CAD

*This summary is an abbreviated version of the report and does not contain the full content. A link to download the full report is available above. If you have difficulty obtaining a copy of the report, please contact us using the “Contact” link below.

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