The Importance of Product Data Management (Part 3 – the Finale) THE 1-10-100 RULE

Posted on behalf of John Holub. In the previous installment of this series, we discussed a company that had issues with having shipped product to the wrong revision of a design. More often than not, this is the cause of not having the ability to control access to data prior to approval for release to manufacturing. This was a $250,000,000 company facing the prospect of losing 40% of their business if they did not get their act together. In recent […]

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The Importance of Product Data Management (Part 2)

Posted on behalf of John Holub. QUESTION: How important is Process? Consistent process. Process, allowing Companies to define policy and procedures. In part one of “The Importance of Product Data Management”, we discussed the importance of being able to find and reuse a company’s intellectual properties. Now that the data is secure and accessible to those that need it, when they need it, let’s put process in place to add controls to how we use/reuse this information. A company that […]

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The Importance of Product Data Management (Part 1)

Posted on behalf of John Holub QUESTION: Is data/document management important? Is having “ALL” the documentation secure and easily retrievable key to your business, or just nice to have? The first nineteen years of my career were in manufacturing. It was this background that prompted a change into the CAD/CAM Industry back in the Mid-80’s. My initial exposure to PDM was in 1989. The company that I worked for was instrumental in the development of IGOR. IGOR, named for the […]

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New BOM features in SmarTeam V5R17

With the release of Service Pack 4 for V5R17, Dassault Systemes introduces a new milestone regarding Bill Of Material (BOM) handling with its flagship product SmarTeam. This article introduces you to some of the new features and capabilities in this long awaited update. The first feature to introduce is the Item Tree synchronization capability with CAD. In the past, users were left to their own devices to create an Item structure in SmarTeam. This may have been done by script […]

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Times are Changing..

If you haven’t heard, the time to "Spring Ahead" is coming soon! This new change in daylight savings time may wreak havoc on many devices and software. The calls have begun to come in regarding how SmarTeam is going to handle this change. ENOVIA SmarTeam is hearing about it too. So much so, that they have issued us a statement to the event. Here is what SmarTeam has sent Inflow Technology regarding the time change: “This year time changes will […]

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