Topic: Mechanical Engineering

CAD Data Management

Product lifecycle management today runs across department and company lines. It all began with simple CAD data management, and it used to be understood as nothing more than the ability to store and retrieve CAD data – which is among a company's most critical assets.

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Digital Thread

Employees working on the business side of the manufacturing industry are usually one step ahead – at least when it comes to the integrated experience delivered by the software solutions at their disposal. Their ERP system provides a single pane of glass that allows them to navigate information on all components, be they [...]

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Disruptive Innovation

Being as innovative as a startup with ongoing operations in full swing: Many established SMBs in technical industries still struggle to strike the right balance here. The ability to fine-tune technologies and propel them to worldwide leadership is a hallmark of German engineering. The things we are seeing in the context of [...]

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DMStec

Conventional document management systems (DMS systems) are simply ineffective at modeling the complex structures found in technical companies. DMStec describes a particular type of document management system that is capable of modeling these technical structures. This lets companies implement a unified Product Data Backbone, which in turn [...]

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Document Management

In engineering companies, the issue of document management poses a challenge that must be managed across departments and disciplines. It is directly tied to workflows and the control of related documents. Their project-driven work environments impose specific requirements on document management systems. Documents from the [...]

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Mechatronics

In modern mechanical engineering, you will be hard pressed to find a component that does not involve electrical/electronic elements and is not electronically controlled. Mechatronic products such as the control panel of a robotic arm contain mechanical assemblies, electrical components, and frequently software-driven electronic [...]

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PDM and DMS

Design and business department have traditionally relied on separate systems for their data and document storage. CAD (e.g. AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge, or Solidworks) users work with PDM/PLM systems – or very basic CAD data management capabilities – while ERP/SCM or CRM users turn to electronic [...]

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PLM and Industry 4.0

A December 2014 survey by Staufen Academy showed that the future path of products and the organization in development, manufacturing, and maintenance will be largely determined by the technologies collectively described as “Industry 4.0”. About one third of all engineering companies have given little thought to [...]

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