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…

Process Management Tips for ISO9001 [take 3]

Process management is a big part of ISO9001-2015 compliance – this is my third blog on this particular topic… When companies take on business process management, the focus tends to be on process redesign. Process Redesign One of the biggest obstacles to large projects like process management is managing change.  A large portion of workers…

More Process Management Tips – ISO9001

Process management is a big part of ISO9001-2015 compliance. I have some additional thoughts… Configuring a Process Using a manufacturing company as an example, they have a process in place to manufacture widgets.  It may not be documented, but the worker community knows what they need to do each day. 5 Steps to Process Improvement……

Process Management Tips for ISO9001

Process management is a big part of ISO9001-2015 compliance.  As you write your quality manual, you will be documenting your processes.  It is likely that you will think about fixing some of those processes. I have assembled some thoughts to keep in mind… Get everyone on the same page As with any successful project, you…