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SAP Case Study: AZ Electronic Materials
When Luxembourg-based AZ Electronic Materials was carved out of Clariant International and sold to a private equity firm, the new company was given one year to

materials  Case Study: AZ Electronic Materials When Luxembourg-based AZ Electronic Materials was carved out of Clariant International and sold to a private equity firm, the new company was given one year to wean itself off its parent’s information technology (IT) system. AZ beat the clock by three months, working with partner Accenture to roll out SAP business software across nine countries and six manufacturing plants.

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Regulatory compliance covers the requirements for ensuring products and their associated materials comply with both external and internal rules and regulations. It covers regulatory and requirements needs, as well as product related components of environmental health and safety (EH&S). 

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Leading Global Wine And Spirits Producer Takes Collaboration Upstream With Raw Materials Suppliers


Tighten and speed up the manufacturing supply chain to better align raw Materials inventory levels with production plans, and reduce inventory and administrative costs.

materials  Collaboration Upstream With Raw Materials Suppliers Tighten and speed up the manufacturing supply chain to better align raw Materials inventory levels with production plans, and reduce inventory and administrative costs. Read More

Performance Made Perfect: Optimize Materials Management and Logistics Operations


In this challenging economy, standards for materials flow are critical to thriving in the global automotive industry. Successful suppliers know how to meet Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) standards. MMOG/LE is a self-assessment for material and logistics control used to evaluate production, parts and service, and more. Learn how it can help you succeed in the automotive market.

materials  Made Perfect: Optimize Materials Management and Logistics Operations In this challenging economy, standards for materials flow are critical to thriving in the global automotive industry. Successful suppliers know how to meet Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) standards. MMOG/LE is a self-assessment for material and logistics control used to evaluate production, parts and service, and more. Learn how it can help you succeed in the automotive market. Read More

APICS 2009 Webcast Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers


In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear

materials  Session 3: Lean for Materials Managers In the forthcoming 2009 APICS International Conference and Expo, many educational tracks will be covered by industry leaders, and lean is one of them. Since we are in a global economic crisis where every manufacturer, supplier, and producer is trying to reduce cost and minimize waste while increasing production or throughput, I am particularly interested in the “lean” educational track to hear what the experts are saying. Recently, I had the privilege of Read More

Global Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE)


The MMOG was a self-assessment process developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to provide consistent methodology for evaluating supplier performance, identifying weaknesses, and focusing improvement efforts. The Global MMOG/LE incorporates the Odette Logistics Evaluation (OLE), developed by AIAG’s European counterpart, to provide a single global standard for self-assessment. The MMOG is a proven tool for supplier development and provides a recognized industry standard for suppliers who have been asked by customers to complete a self-assessment. Although it was developed by the automotive industry, QAD believes it can be a helpful benchmark tool for customers across many verticals.

materials  Materials Management Operations Guideline/Logistics Evaluation (MMOG/LE) The MMOG was a self-assessment process developed by the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) to provide consistent methodology for evaluating supplier performance, identifying weaknesses, and focusing improvement efforts. The Global MMOG/LE incorporates the Odette Logistics Evaluation (OLE), developed by AIAG’s European counterpart, to provide a single global standard for self-assessment. The MMOG is a proven tool for Read More

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software


After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field—Siemens PLM Software. In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the

materials  (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series , I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field— Siemens PLM Software . In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the comprehensiveness of its product offerings. The c Read More

Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report


The PLM product Lectra Fashion PLM (V2R2) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in TEC's PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

materials  Fashion PLM V2R2 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report The PLM product Lectra Fashion PLM (V2R2) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in TEC's PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth Read More

Imperial Tobacco Group Selects Aras PLM


Imperial Tobacco Group recently selected the Aras Innovator product lifecycle management (PLM) suite to streamline product lifecycle, eliminate redundant systems, and drive collaboration, process improvement, and compliance worldwide.

materials  program management, packaging and materials management, brand hierarchy management, and more. This win as well as the previous ones at Honda, Boeing, Kawasaki, and Hitachi show that Aras is becoming a fierce competitor (rather than a mere nuisance) to the PLM establishment. Read More

SAP PLM: Outlook and Predictions


This year, product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors have put many interesting initiatives on display to PLM buyers. These initiatives include the possibility of generating more synergies between enterprise search and PLM, more intuitive decision support in design and engineering, connectivity between direct modeling and history-based modeling in computer-aided design (CAD), social product

materials  PLM: Outlook and Predictions This year, product lifecycle management (PLM) vendors have put many interesting initiatives on display to PLM buyers. These initiatives include the possibility of generating more synergies between enterprise search and PLM, more intuitive decision support in design and engineering, connectivity between direct modeling and history-based modeling in computer-aided design (CAD), social product development in the cloud, etc. Although most of these initiatives need more time Read More

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)


PLM software applications support businesses in bringing products and services from idea through to design, production, and final disposition. PLM solutions have evolved to provide comprehensive functionality for all aspects of product innovation, including product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. PLM solutions allow you to create, communicate, and store a 'single version of the truth' for effective collaboration. PLM also incorporates vital product data management (PDM) functionality.

materials  Lifecycle Management (PLM) PLM software applications support businesses in bringing products and services from idea through to design, production, and final disposition. PLM solutions have evolved to provide comprehensive functionality for all aspects of product innovation, including product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. PLM solutions allow you to create, Read More

From Right Brain to Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM


Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both.

materials  Right Brain to Retail: Cutting Time-to-market with PLM Apparel companies have to cut their lead times in half if they want to stay competitive—a difficult task without the right product lifecycle management (PLM) solution. In this white paper, you’ll discover how PLM solutions can help your company achieve faster time-to-market. And you’ll learn how integrating PLM with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system maximizes the capabilities of both. Read More

TEC Vendor Note: Lectra, A Focused PLM Player


A brief introduction to Lectra, a specialized vendor in the CAD, CAM, and PLM industry, including history, product offerings, and achievements, as well as expectations and recommendations to the vendor’s future growth.

materials  purely dealing with soft materials, Lectra may not be quite effective at managing both soft-line and hard-line products at the same time if a customer needs to do so. However, soft-line along should give Lectra enough opportunity to grow. Organic integration between CAD/CAM and its collaborative platform is a winning factor for Lectra. This factor becomes an even greater advantage when domestic fashion brands in emerging markets start to boom. Due to fashion manufacturers in North America and Europe 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.

materials  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 tout 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

materials  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 Read More

Siemens PLM Analyst Conference 2014—Blending Virtual and Real Worlds—Part One


Siemens’ new “realize innovation” strategy is an evolution of what has been in the works at Siemens PLM Software for some time. The vendor has been working hard to deliver industry-centric immersive decision-making environments that support systems engineering-driven product development.

materials  PLM Analyst Conference 2014—Blending Virtual and Real Worlds—Part One Several years ago, during the very first Siemens PLM Software analyst conference I attended, I felt lost in an ocean of info overflow. But each subsequent year that I attended the conference I felt I understood slightly more about the vendor’s overwhelming spread of offerings and strategies, and thankfully the vendor was also gradually refining its message on its burgeoning product lifecycle management (PLM), computer aided Read More