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Case Study: SKF Group
Supplier of bearings, seals, and lubrication systems, SKF works closely with its customers to develop products. As such, accurate product data and efficient

pdm works  Study: SKF Group Supplier of bearings, seals, and lubrication systems, SKF works closely with its customers to develop products. As such, accurate product data and efficient collaboration—especially in SKF’s automotive division—are crucial. Currently, SKF uses PTC’s Windchill product lifecycle management (PLM) solution suite to manage document sharing, support of internal product development processes, and more. Learn about the benefits.

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Core PLM for Process Industries

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

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J.D. Edwards On The Mend; This Time Might Be For Real


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pdm works  and Product Data Management (PDM). Significant enhancements available in Advanced Planning 4.0 include: New scenario simulation capabilities in the Strategic Network Optimization application, which reportedly empowers users to make informed strategic decisions such as plant location, capacity allocation, and inventory pre-build to accommodate seasonality. It provides long-range strategic and tactical decision support regarding supply chain network configuration, asset rationalization, material sourcing Read More

CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

pdm works  relatively straightforward (as is PDM within PLM). MRP II, ERP, extended-ERP, and whatever broader enterprise systems we have nowadays, bring in more departments and trading partners in the process. With additional each group, they want their data and their way with their  processes. They don’t always mesh with general ledger (G/L) or transactional regulatory restrictions. Likewise, in general, a CAD/formulation/PDM module works fairly well for engineers and maybe engineering support groups. They have Read More

Tacton Systems AB


Tacton Systems is a world leader in advanced sales and product configuration. Tacton develops and sells embeddable software for sales and design configuration. Tacton’s solutions redefines how product configuration is managed, making it radically simpler to design, configure and sell complex products online as well as offline. Tacton’s solutions integrate easily with surrounding systems and have standard integrations for many leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems.    Tacton’s Story starts in 1987 when a group of engineers and programmers at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science were doing ground-breaking research in the field of knowledge-based systems, and the application of artificial intelligence to solve industry challenges. The researchers were convinced that there were great gains to be made by applying the principles to the field of product configuration. The research team worked in close collaboration with companies such as Ericsson, ABB, and Alfa Laval. By 1993, the group had developed a configurator for a pilot project that was causing quite a stir. Both the researchers and the Institute saw the commercial potential of what had been developed. After a further five years of prototyping and evaluation, Tacton Systems was formed as a spin-off from the research institute.   Tacton has an impressive customer roster with impressive results gained with the offered technology. Many of the customers are leading industrial manufacturers such as   Siemens, ABB, Scania, Aker and Alfa Laval. Tacton works closely with their customers, large and small, to help them revolutionize their processes, to grow, and to become more competitive.   Today Tacton is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with customers and resellers across the globe.

pdm works  leading e-commerce, ERP, CRM, PDM, PLM, and CAD systems.    Tacton’s Story starts in 1987 when a group of engineers and programmers at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science were doing ground-breaking research in the field of knowledge-based systems, and the application of artificial intelligence to solve industry challenges. The researchers were convinced that there were great gains to be made by applying the principles to the field of product configuration. The research team worked in close Read More

Product Note: Aras Innovator


Aras Innovator is the only enterprise open source solution available on the PLM market. This product note analyzes the strengths and challenges that the solution has and makes recommendations to both the vendor and potential users.

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pdm works  to roll out their PDM initiatives quickly and at relatively low cost, CXInsight is a practical option. If you want to know more about the solution and how it performed during the TEC certification, please check out the TEC Certification Report for ASH CXInsight for Electronics . Read More

The Benefits of a Software Selection Project-Even when Management Imposes a Decision


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pdm works  and Product Data Management (PDM) for Discrete Industries covers the base foundation of PLM for the discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense, medical devices, complex machinery and others. 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. Read More

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Are you having trouble finding concrete information about how enterprise software actually works? I know I am. I’m not talking about feature lists—you can find those easily enough—and I’m not talking about promises to streamline processes, increase efficiency, or deliver value—which I don’t read. What I’m talking about is this: Let’s say my company is considering upgrading one of its

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How Modern Code Generation Works: An Insider’s Guide


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