• Composite Trends in the A&D Industry: Identifying Opportunities to Save Cost and Time reveals survey findings on design and manufacturing trends for composites in the Aerospace & Defense industry. The research examines two areas that can be a source for bottlenecks when working with composites: springback and manufacturing planning. The report details best practices to minimize or avoid distortions due to springback. It also looks at ways to streamline manufacturing planning while reducing errors and supporting changing.Please enjoy the summary below, or click the report to download a PDF … [ read more ]

    Composite Trends in the A&D Industry (survey findings)
  • 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 ]

    Cloud for PLM and Manufacturing (survey invite)
  • 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)
  • Jim Brown contributed a guest post, Innovation Platforms - the Operating System for the Digital Enterprise, on the value of innovation platforms published in the Dassault Systèmes' Navigate the Future blog. The post shares the value an integrated platform of solutions provides to engineers, the enterprise, and toward achieving digital transformation. The post also covers some basis of the innovation platform from people, process, and technology perspectives.Read the post now (free of charge, no registration required).   … [ read more ]

    Innovation Platforms are the Operating Systems for the Digital Enterprise (guest post)

Product Line Engineering (PLE)How Product Line Engineering (PLE) Creates a Competitive Advantage


Product Line Engineering (PLE)How Product Line Engineering (PLE) Creates a Competitive Advantage: Removing Time, Cost, and Complexity from the Systems Lifecycle discusses the growing importance of embedded software in today’s products and the resulting complexity. The report highlights the negative impacts of not managing this complexity. Despite these impacts, there are benefits of using the right software.  Those using the right software can better manage complexity. As a result, they see improvements in quality, efficiency, innovation, and development costs. The report explains this further. It also describes how Product Line Engineering (PLE) fits in and four things to look in a PLE solution.

Please enjoy the summary below.

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From this registration page, in addition to the report, you can also access an on-demand webinar on Product Line Engineering. During this webinar, you can learn more about the research from this report. You will also hear from Charles Krueger, CEO of BigLever Software.

What’s Happening with Systems Development?

Research from Tech-Clarity’s Developing Software-Intensive Products finds that 53% of companies report significant increases to the amount of software in their products. Further, 75% say that over the next 5 years, they will be adding even more software to their products. This growth makes sense as software offers lots of opportunity. However, it also introduces challenges. Ignoring these challenges will hurt company profitability, while companies who address them will be far more successful, win new customers, and beat their competition.

Key Takeaways

With the increasing amount of embedded software and the need to stand out from the competition, Product Line Engineering across systems and software can be a helpful way to enable platform design. With the right software solution, companies can avoid some of the challenges of systems engineering. Qualities to consider in a PLE solution include facilitating collaboration across engineering discipline, managing complexity, and supporting design automation.

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