Risk Management

Having survived Hurricane Harvey, I have more thoughts on risk management.  I have said this before; even cities like the City of Houston must deal with risk management. Houston has a history of floods.  I am sure that they have come up with rainfall number to plan for.  I don’t know what that number is,…

ISO 9001 – Process Management

The objective of ISO9001 compliance is quality.  It requires that you have a quality manual that documents the procedures that govern your company’s business. With the focus on quality, companies are continually looking for ways to improve. When you have finished writing your quality manual, I strongly recommend going back through it and reviewing the…

ISO9001 Requirements

The objective of ISO9001 compliance is quality.  Companies are continually looking for ways to improve quality. The ISO9001-2015 starts by addressing your QMS – quality management system.  The adoption of a QMS is a strategic decision to improve performance and build a long term development strategy.  A few goals include: Provide products and services that…

PDM or PLM?

Once you have completed your requirements document, it is time to look at possible solutions.  Among your options are PDM software and PLM software. I say among your options because there are still companies using protected directories to manage their information. PDM Software The focus of PDM software is to manage engineering information.  Many CAD…

Implementing PLM

When implementing PLM, it is beneficial to have a requirements document. A lot of my customers are companies that have purchased PLM software and are attempting implementation.  As you might imagine, they have many questions regarding configuring the software. Without a Requirements Document A technical person will come to your site to implement the software. …

Why Take on PLM?

Developing today’s high tech product is a complex activity. PLM started in engineering because they had a lot of information to manage and they weren’t doing a very good job of it.  They needed to control access to the information, manage versions, share product data, etc.  They needed to share information with many of the…

PLM Adoption

Oleg Shilovitsky published an article recently where he noted that more than half of engineers in smaller companies aren’t using anything but shared drives and Excel spreadsheets to manage design and engineering data. I have been in this business a long time and still find it hard to believe that PLM adoption has not reached…