Webinar on PLM For Auto and Aero Suppliers

Jim Brown and Dassault Systémes' VP Kendall Pond will present on this Engineering.com webcast sharing insights on the value of PLM for aerospace and automative suppliers that have outgrown their informal data management approaches. Companies in the auto and aero supply chains can learn how to better manage data, … [ read more ]


SaaS-O-Matic Spoof and Interview on True Cloud PLM with Excellims

How do you tell true cloud PLM software versus other SaaS options and why is it important? We start this episode by poking some fun at old software disguised as cloud. Then, Jim Brown interviews Excellims Corporation's VP of Engineering Mark Osgood who shares his experience outgrowing spreadsheets for managing … [ read more ]


IoT Makes As Good as the Day I Bought It a Thing of the Past Guest Post on PTC’s Product Lifecycle Report

Jim Brown penned a post on evergreen design for PTC's Product Lifecycle Report Blog. The report, IoT Makes "As Good as the Day I Bought It" a Thing of the Past, shares the exciting potential available from smart, connected products that can be updated in the field to correct issues, improve performance, or add … [ read more ]


Siemens PLM Vision 2015+

In addition to being a major industrial manufacturer in their own right, Siemens PLM has a rich history in the engineering software industry. Today, they continue to drive their PLM agenda forward while taking greater advantage of the synergies available from being a part of a global manufacturer with offerings … [ read more ]


How Much PDM is Right for You? (animated video)

This short, animated Tech-Clarity TV episode explores the different Product Data Management options available to manufacturers. It explains that value of full-featured PDM as a step beyond CAD File Management and a stepping stone toward PLM for more advanced capabilities as … [ read more ]


Making Environmental Product Compliance Sustainable


A quick peek into some research on … how companies are meeting environmental regulations for their products, and doing so in a way that is sustainable to the business from a cost and risk perspective. Thumb_Env_ComplianceAs manufacturers face increasing pressure from regulations such as REACH and evolving regulations like the many flavors of RoHS, it is becoming more important to develop a platform and a capability to address compliance systematically as opposed to viewing it as a series of one-off projects by regulation. This study, Tech-Clarity Perspective: Product Environmental Compliance, combines interviews with three leading manufacturers with survey results from over 300 companies to help manufacturers understand environmental product compliance challenges and how companies are addressing them.

The Research Findings

This study was unique for Tech-Clarity because it involved both survey data and interviews with compliance leaders in several manufacturing companies. The report provides two perspectives. The first is a broad perspective on the approaches that companies are taking to address their product compliance challenges. The second is a more detailed look at how three leading companies – Motorola, APC, and Seagate – are addressing these challenges.

Regulations Impacting Manufacturer's Products

The results are very interesting. There are some interesting figures on how regulations are impacting manufacturers and where they are focusing. One finding that I thought was interesting is that REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals ) is now impacting products in manufacturers as frequently as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances). Both regulations were reported by 79% of respondents as impacting their products. As always, I suggest that you read the research for more information.

Beyond those results, however, the report also makes certain conclusions about how companies can address compliance challenges in a sustainable way. In summary, these recommendations are:

  • Compiling a common set of product environmental performance requirements
  • Gaining a better understanding of the substances that make up components
  • Automating the analysis and monitoring of product structures and composition against requirements
  • Documenting proof of compliance electronically

Implications for Manufacturers

Many manufacturers are struggling with choosing which regulations to address, how thoroughly to address them, and how to approach the problem. The study paints a clear picture of three manufacturers that have looked at the problem holistically, and developed a systematic approach to deal with the multitude of regulations. Manufacturers can’t afford the risk of stopped shipments, poor market perception of environmental stewardship, or losing access to markets. On the other hand, dealing with each regulation on a project basis will grind business to a halt and dramatically spike the cost of environmental compliance. The environmental product compliance challenge is here to stay, it will only get more difficult as customer requirements and regulations like REACH and RoHS expand and evolve, and will continue to drive unacceptable market risk and high compliance costs.

Manufacturers that develop a repeatable, systematic approach to address regulations will simultaneously reduce compliance risk and control total cost of compliance. As the examples in the report show, companies are leveraging enterprise software including PLM and specialized product compliance capabilities to meet these needs.

So that was a quick peek into some recent research on developing environmentally sustainable products in a commercially sustainable way, I hope you found it interesting. Does the research reflect your experiences? Do you see it differently? Let us know what it looks like from your perspective. Please feel free to review more free research and white papers about compliance, PLM and other enterprise software for manufacturers from Tech-Clarity.

Note: The link provides access to a free copy of a report summary or to the full report which is made available by PTC (registration required).


  1. Jim, Your have bad link on free copy of a report summary and full report. Interesting research indeed. Best, Oleg

  2. sorry – typo (You have…)

  3. Jim Brown says:

    Oleg, I checked the links and they work for me. Can you try again? Maybe it was an intermittent issue?

    Is anybody else having an issue? Maybe I made an error and they are pointing to something internal to my network?

    Thanks for pointing it out!

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