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Siemens PLM Software Releases LMS Imagine.Lab Rev13
LMS, a business segment within Siemens PLM Software, announced the latest release of its LMS Imagine.Lab software, the state-of-the-art platform for mechatronic

plm tests  bolsters not only Siemens PLM Software’s product simulation capability, but also its systems engineering modeling capability and the ability to provide physical tests to validate the virtual simulations. The vendor feels really good about this acquisition and how it is already being incorporated into its broad solution offerings, especially in light of the fact that its direct PLM and computer-aided design (CAD) competitors have nothing close to these capabilities.   Siemens PLM Software, Dassault

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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The CPSIA Is Coming–Is Your Company Ready?


Recently introduced Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) regulations include labor-intensive safety and testing guidelines for children’s products, footwear, and apparel. Brands and retailers that may have slashed jobs in response to the weak economy must meet these regulations with fewer people. Learn about solutions that help your company make compliance part of a comprehensive supply chain strategy.

plm tests  Companies that invest in PLM systems report significant gains in their profit margins due to continued savings through productivity improvements and reduced costs in product development. Even a small lift in profit margin can have a big impact foron brands and retailers. Reduced cycle times. e-PLM and e-SPS enable a high degree of collaboration and visibility at every step of the product lifecycle, allowing companies to get their product from design concept to the retail floor in the shortest possible Read More

The Need for Investment in Enterprise Innovation: Part One


Manufacturers throughout the world are scrambling to respond to ever-changing economic conditions, increasing (or at least fluctuating) material costs, and price-sensitive markets. Success depends upon agility, in particular a capacity to make fast and informed adjustments to strategic plans and continually reorder operational priorities to align with external factors and changes. Innovation is

plm tests  they need to take PLM to the next step beyond product data management (PDM) and collaborative design, i.e., beyond the technical and transactional layers of PLM. Manufacturers are looking to use PPM tools to help them answer questions such as the following: What are the operational cost tradeoffs to expanding the design performance or increasing the number of stock-keeping units (SKUs) when offering additional product features? How do the results of alpha-beta customer tests or recent market data affect Read More

Managing Trees versus Managing Grass


Within the product lifecycle management (PLM) arena, there is a category of solutions with a very specific industry focus: fashion and retail PLM solutions. For example, Lectra calls its solution Fashion PLM; at PTC, its FlexPLM solution is created for retail, footwear, and apparel; TradeStone Software names  its solution Merchandise Lifecycle Management (MLM)  (instead of PLM) and focuses on

plm tests  Within fashion and retail PLM systems, product structure is no longer a pain point, but the sheer volume and variety of products,  and the fast pace of the fashion and retail business present a challenge. When a designer changes the color of a fabric, it has to be implemented in all the consequent processes: the marketing department needs to change its collateral accordingly; new dyeing and coloring tests might be initiated; suppliers have to be informed; and so on—all in a prompt manner. When many Read More

INFIMACS Becoming Ever More RELEVANT For Project-Based Industries. Part 2: Market Impact and User Recommendations


The current market trend industry-wide is towards vendors that can provide comprehensive solutions for medium-sized companies. Relevant seems to have a fair shot at delivering that to project-based discrete manufacturers such as aerospace contractors, contract manufacturers of electronic components, window, door & frame manufacturers, and MRO organizations with revenues up to $300 million.

plm tests  started addressing the required PLM and engineering change management (ECM) functionality. Meeting the project-based industries' dynamic needs will require vendors to improve ease of installation, interoperability, and service support networks. Moreover, escalating competition in the A&D markets will definitely make price a critical competitive factor. Relevant has answered many of these requirements and has thereby encroached upon the stronghold of vendors like Western Data Systems (WDS), Epicor Read More

Zumba Fitness Selects Lectra Fashion PLM


Zumba Fitness, LLC has decided to implement Lectra Fashion PLM to manage its active wear line.

plm tests  Fitness Selects Lectra Fashion PLM Zumba Fitness, LLC has decided to implement Lectra Fashion PLM to manage its active wear line. As a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment, and culture into a workout, Zumba classes blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-to-follow choreography for a total-body workout. Founded in 2001, the company reports more than 15 million weekly participants in over 200,000 locations around the world.   The lifestyle brand also designs, develops, and sells apparel fr Read More

Product Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions


NGC e-PLM and e-SPS are NGC’s offerings in product lifecycle management and sourcing for the fashion industry. This product note analyzes the strengths and challenges that the solutions have and makes recommendations to both the vendor and users.

plm tests  Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC) has a long history of serving the fashion industry. After adding Web-based product lifecycle managemen t (PLM) and sourcing and production systems ( e-PLM and e-SPS , respectively), to the product portfolio, the company became closer to being a one-stop-shop for its target customers. Seeing the increase in PLM adoption in the fashion industry and NGC's recent achievements in the fashion PLM area, I decided to create Read More

Product Lifecycle Management Portfolio


The DS PLM solution suite is embodied in four key brands—CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, and SIMULIA—which form one of the industry’s most comprehensive PLM software portfolios. Used separately or collectively, the vendor’s proven applications define, simulate, and optimize all products, processes, and resources in an all-3D environment powered by an open development platform. With DS PLM V5 solutions, all business processes are linked together—including change management, activity and time management, asset management, and more. By enabling employees to collaborate in real time while accessing and sharing the same up-to-date information, companies can increase communication and speed modification, as well as approval processes. As a result, all organizational groups and processes–from design through marketing to maintenance–can share, reuse, and enhance product information in the pursuit of an optimum business strategy. For Virtual Product Design: CATIA CATIA enables users to simulate the entire range of the industrial design process, from concept to product design, analysis, and assembly. The CATIA product line covers all types of design and engineering needs and seamlessly integrates with the vendor’s other brands. For Virtual Production: DELMIA DELMIA enables manufacturers to digitally plan, create, monitor, and control production and maintenance processes. DELMIA applications provide complete coverage of manufacturing processes. For a Global Collaborative Environment: ENOVIA ENOVIA addresses user requirements across the full spectrum of product and business processes, from small-scale teams to extended enterprises with many thousands of users. The ENOVIA portfolio consists of three product lines: • ENOVIA VPLM—management of highly complex product, resource, and manufacturing processes in medium and large extended enterprises • ENOVIA MatrixOne—collaborative product development business processes for enterprises across a wide range of industries, including synchronicity for semiconductor design data management • ENOVIA SmarTeam—collaborative product data management for small to medium businesses, engineering departments of larger organizations, and across supply chains For Virtual Testing: SIMULIA By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that enables engineers and scientists to improve product performance, reduce the number of physical prototypes, and drive innovation.  

plm tests  Management Portfolio The DS PLM solution suite is embodied in four key brands—CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, and SIMULIA—which form one of the industry’s most comprehensive PLM software portfolios. Used separately or collectively, the vendor’s proven applications define, simulate, and optimize all products, processes, and resources in an all-3D environment powered by an open development platform. With DS PLM V5 solutions, all business processes are linked together—including change management, activity a Read More

Oracle Renders Its PLM Outline Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations


Key concerns for PLM prospects will be domain knowledge in design and engineering-specific functions and integration, including currently poor connections from Oracle workflow to third-party business applications and CAD/PLM interfaces.

plm tests  Renders Its PLM Outline Part Two: Challenges and User Recommendations Challenges Recently, Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL), claims to have experienced a rebirth of interest in its supply chain management (SCM) capabilities as the enterprise market sentiment have lately turned against mainly struggling so called best-of-breed or pure-play SCM providers. To that end, Oracle has broadened its supply chain software footprint. First, although belatedly embracing internal development of a comprehensive Read More

Two Origins, One Destination? A Look at the Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint


There are two major genres of PLM solution: CAD-PLM and ERP-PLM. These two types have different integration capabilities, but the gap between them is shrinking thanks to various factors driving the market. Currently, however, the difference still matters in the solution selection process.

plm tests  Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint A Brief History of PLM Product lifecycle management (PLM) originated decades ago in the discrete manufacturing area, for the purposes of storing and managing product definition information (mainly computer-aided design [CAD] data). At that time, this kind of management system was usually called engineering data management (EDM) or product data management (PDM), and management of product definition activities mainly resided within the design d Read More

How PLM Drives Profitable Growth


Discover the key benefits of PLM in Balanced PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth.

plm tests  PLM Drives Profitable Growth No matter what kind of manufacturing your company does, a product lifecycle management (PLM) solution can improve your productivity, accuracy, decision making, and profitability. Discover the key benefits of PLM in Balanced PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth . You'll learn how an integrated PLM solution can ensure successful product development, manufacturing, running changes, and build-outs support a team philosophy characterized by shared knowledge and understanding Read More

Aras Innovator 10 PLM Platform Is Out


Aras, an established product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, recently announced the general availability of Aras Innovator 10. The latest release provides a new level of PLM platform scalability for enterprises with global supply chains (requirements for large, extended enterprise user counts and rapidly growing data sets), and introduces an HTML5 browser-based user interface (UI), which makes PLM more accessible for business users.

plm tests  Innovator 10 PLM Platform Is Out Aras , an established product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, recently announced the general availability of Aras Innovator 10 . The latest release provides a new level of PLM platform scalability for enterprises with global supply chains (requirements for large, extended enterprise user counts and rapidly growing data sets), and introduces an HTML5 browser-based user interface (UI), which makes PLM more accessible for business users.   The vendor is Read More

Imperial Leverages Lectra Fashion PLM


Imperial, a global provider of menswear and womenswear, leverages Lectra Fashion PLM to streamline its product development process and support its worldwide business growth strategy. Get the details in P.J.’s post.

plm tests  Leverages Lectra Fashion PLM Lectra , a global provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials, recently announced that Imperial is implementing Lectra Fashion PLM to reinforce its position in the fast fashion market and support its worldwide business growth strategy.   Founded in Bologna, Italy, in 1978, Imperial provides menswear and womenswear to 4,000 customers across the world. In 2012, th Read More

Best-of-Breed Versus Complete CAD-PLM Suites: The Debate Rages On


The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches.

plm tests  Debate Rages On The PLM world is currently witness to fervent debate on the most appropriate type of PLM/CAD software. Best-of-breed solutions offer the needed capabilities and hence integrate the necessary software modules as per the customer’s needs, whereas all-in-one CAD/PLM suites attempt a “one size fits all” approach. In his report, TEC principal analyst P.J. Jakovljevic provides his view on the intricacies of these two approaches. Read More

What Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean?


In an earlier post, What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?, I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am going to move onto the next letter, “L” for lifecycle. According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of lifecycle is “a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its

plm tests  Does the “L” in PLM Really Mean? In an earlier post, What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? , I discussed what the word “product” means in  product lifecycle management (PLM). In this post, I am going to move onto the next letter, “L” for lifecycle . According to Merriam-Webster, one definition of lifecycle is “ a series of stages through which something (as an individual, culture, or manufactured product) passes during its lifetime .” In a typical manufacturing environment, these stag Read More