• The How-to Guide for Adopting Model Based Definition (MBD) reveals advice and best practices for implementing MBD.  The guide explains why 89% of companies are happy they made the transition and benefits they enjoy as a result. The hardest part of adopting MBD is overcoming the cultural resistance to change. The guide identifies what other companies have done to make the adoption of MBD a success, both internally and with suppliers.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 … [ read more ]

    The How-to Guide for Adopting Model Based Definition (MBD) (eBook, survey findings)
  • How do leading manufacturers use cloud software to support product innovation, product development, engineering, and manufacturing?Please share your experience, thoughts, and lessons learned in this new survey on cloud software for product innovation and manufacturing.If you already completed the survey  –> please share with a colleague or on social media using the “Share/Save” buttons above. If you haven’t taken the survey  –> please: CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW!Complete the survey and receive a free copy of the final report. In addition, 25 *eligible respondents will … [ read more ]

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  • This infographic shares survey results about quality and cost management in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. It visually communicates the results of our research that shows how Top Performing CPG companies are able to achieve better quality and better cost of quality, without trading one for the other. The research shares the methods these leading companies employ, including automation, integration, and a more holistic approach to managing quality.To learn more, please:View the full Stop Choosing Between Cost and Quality in CPG infographic from our sponsor Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA (free or … [ read more ]

    Choosing Cost versus Quality in CPG (infographic)
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  • Please join Tech-Clarity's Michelle Boucher, Mark Turner from Alcon Labs, and Swapan Jha from PTC on Tuesday September 12, 2017 for a discussion on the right software solution for medical device engineering. The discussion will feature an interactive discussion between the panelists coving topics such as:Challenges facing medical device manufacturers. Why to consider the complete product lifecycle with respect to:Managing product and requirements. Transitioning from document to product centric approaches. Enabling smart and connected products.The best selection criteria for … [ read more ]

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Making Product Development Tradeoffs


Tech-Clarity Perspective: Understanding Product Development Trade-offs – Designing Products for Compliance, Cost, and Sustainability presents results from a survey on how companies design their products to meet environmental regulatory compliance, product sustainability, and product cost targets. Shares survey data and perspectives from two leading manufacturers on how they collect data and manage the trade-offs between these important design criteria.

Please enjoy the Executive Summary below, or click the report title above to download the full PDF (free of charge, no registration required).

Feel free to watch the Related Webcast sponsored by PTC (free of charge, registration required).

Table of Contents

  • Executive Overview
  • The Product Development Balancing Act
  • Barriers and Challenges
  • Design for Environmental Compliance
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design for Cost
  • Enabling Optimal Design Decisions
  • Enabling Efficient and Effective Data Collection
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • About the Research
  • About the Author

Executive Overview

Over the last five to ten years, product environmental compliance has become increasingly critical to protecting top line revenue. Now, manufacturers also face emerging sustainability requirements stemming from corporate “green” initiatives, market pressure, scrutiny from NGOs like Greenpeace, emerging customer mandates, and even financial pressure from investors and sources like the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. To remain profitable, companies have to address compliance and sustainability while minimizing the impact on product cost. “We can’t sell a product if it’s not compliant so cost doesn’t enter into the equation for regulatory compliance. Since we are in a business that needs to remain viable, we must thoroughly investigate and assess our voluntary green initiatives with regards to impact to cost in other areas,” explains Kim Braun, an Environmental Compliance Engineer for Microsoft.

Engineers and product developers have to address all of these criteria – compliance, cost, and sustainability – early in the product lifecycle when changes can still be made. Unfortunately, these are not independent criteria. Changes to one aspect can have a dramatic impact on the others. Similar to a juggler spinning plates, product developers have to focus on all aspects at once or they may all come crashing down. To address this, leading companies are building compliance, cost, and sustainability analysis into their design processes. “We try hard to embed it in design excellence and not make it a separate process,” explains the leader of corporate environmental compliance for a leading consumer products company.

To understand the challenges manufacturers face in designing products for environmental compliance, sustainability, and cost, Tech-Clarity surveyed over one hundred companies and interviewed two leading, global manufacturers. The research identified two major themes that hinder companies from optimizing designs:

  • Collecting the right data to make informed decisions
  • Making the information readily available to product developers in time to make decisions

These issues lead to delayed time to market, loss of market share, and high costs. Part of the issue is the fragmented processes and software systems used to support the design process. On the other hand, well designed, integrated enterprise systems can enable product developers to analyze the impact of design decisions and make tradeoffs earlier in the product development process to develop more optimal products. With the right processes in place, systems also help drive efficiency so companies can have a repeatable, cost-effective process to ensure compliance, sustainability, and cost optimization without compromising efficiency or time to market.


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