Bringing Manufacturing Back to the US

“Basically, I’m here to announce we are building Iron Man,” joked President Obama at a press conference on February 25th. Maybe not Iron Man, but his goals are to make science fiction a reality by investing in innovation labs that will make manufacturing in the US competitive again. As a Tier One partner, Siemens PLM software will

Digital Manufacturing

Digital Manufacturing: The PLM Approach to Better Manufacturing Processes Discusses the use of technology—including 3D CAD and simulation—within a PLM strategy to help manufacturers develop more profitable products by optimizing the planning, development and deployment of better manufacturing processes. Please enjoy the free Introduction below, or click the report title above to download the full

PLM and MES? Dassault Systemes says Yes! (acquires Intercim)

I had the chance to talk with … Dassault Systemes about their acquisition of MES provider Intercim. The acquisition of Intercim is a strategic move, and represents Dassault’s confirmation of the importance of linking engineering intent and manufacturing process planning to manufacturing operations (and vice versa). What do they Do? Dassault Systemes is one of

Single Bill of Material – Holy Grail or Pipe Dream?

What I learned this week … is a thought sparked by a post in the Daily PLM Think Tank on Engineering and Manufacturing Data Management back in 1992. The post isn’t from 1992, but Oleg was re-reading some books from that time and commented on some issues that the manufacturing industry is still struggling with after 17 years of progress. I know there are strong proponents of the single bill of material (BOM) concept, but I wonder if we will every really get there and whether we haven’t made some really good progress managing bills of material with different perspectives. And maybe, just maybe, there is an easier way.

Digital Prototypes – Yes. But for a Manufacturing Plant?

A quick peek into some research on … the use of digital prototyping techniques and technologies to design (and redesign) efficient manufacturing plants. Most of the times I discuss “digital prototyping” it regards products. But the same concepts apply when using digital prototyping in the plant – namely using digital models to increase design efficiency and get designs right the first time. Today I am happy to share my new report with you, Digital Prototyping in the Plant: Improving Manufacturing Agility with the Digital Factory.