There is one thing that all design engineers will agree on: creating and gathering all the required data for PLM is error-prone and can be a royal pain. We all understand the value of releasing our design data to the corporate PLM system but our design process dictates multiple release points, and each one has a different purpose and data requirements.
The embarrassment of choice has become a powerful sales instrument – not only in the consumer market, where an abundance of sizes, colors, styles and flavors tempts the buyer to load more items into their shopping cart than they have on their shopping list.
It is also a powerful differentiator the investment goods industry. Bespoke products that are customized to meet a customer’s business needs are an important driver for companies that operate at the high end of their respective markets, such as automation, industrial machinery and transportation.
Electronic components are constantly changing, causing parts to go EOL (End-of-Life) for various reasons: companies go out of business, component product lines change hands, old technology is updated with new. Electronic product manufacturers must be agile to keep their product BOMs (bill of materials) up to date and keep their supply chain humming. Fortunately for them, Zuken’s DS-CR customers leverage component and design data relationships to tackle the problem.
One of the more powerful capabilities of a good Data Management system such as DS-2 is searching and the ability to generate reports. A great example is the ability to generate Where-used information. These types of reports are extremely useful when performing impact assessments.
As we witness the birth of an era of connected devices with smart homes, connected cars and smart networked supply chains and factories, we might imagine that unexpected failures of electronic products would be a rarity. But all too often we hear about cellphones going up in flames, airbags that deploy on their own, or drones falling out of the sky. It is estimated that in the automotive industry alone, global warranties amount to as much as USD 40 billion per year.