December 31, 2001

Volume 4
Number 10

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- Welcome
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- Update
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- News
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* Welcome *
Welcome to this issue of 2PDM, an e-zine distributed every two weeks on a free subscription basis.

* CPC/PLM : The way forward in 2002 *
In recent weeks, we've received several queries from readers asking if CPC/PLM is the same thing as EDM (Engineering Data Management), PDM (Product Data Management) or PLM (Product Lifecyle Management).

As part of the reply we've provided them the URL of the October 1991 charter issue of our Engineering Data Management Newsletter and suggested they read it. Here's part of the seventh paragraph.
  • EDM systems help improve the flow, quality and use of engineering information throughout the company. They manage all the data related both to a product, and to the processes used to specify, design, manufacture and support the product. As well as providing better control of engineering data, they can also help improve the performance of engineering activities by improving engineering change management and by supporting concurrent engineering techniques.
And here's the third paragraph.
  • EDM systems allow companies to get control of all their engineering information, and to manage their overall, cross-functional engineering process. They provide a backbone for the controlled flow of engineering information throughout the product life cycle. Systems that make use of engineering data, such as CAE, CAD, CAM, MRP 2 and Technical Publications will be connected to this backbone.
So that's what an EDM system is and was in 1991, and what it will be, and what it will do in 2002.

A PDM system is very similar. 'Product data' and 'Product information' replace 'Engineering data' and 'Engineering information'. The middle sentence in the previous paragraph becomes
  • (PDM systems) provide a backbone for the controlled flow of product information throughout the product life cycle.
Concerning PLM, we provide readers a link to Google and suggest they review the links to PLM (last time we looked there were about 126,000 links). Industry experts seem unable to agree on a definition. Some consider it the next step beyond PDM, some claim it is part of ERP, some an e-business solution, some a new reality in e-commerce, some 'a moving target'.

CPC/PLM systems provide functionality to support the creation, communication, management and elimination of product and process definition data in the product development, sales, manufacture and support process. We point out that the objectives of these systems are very different from those of EDM and PDM.

CPC/PLM systems allow companies to improve effectiveness and efficiency throughout the entire product lifecycle, enabling them to :
  • better capture customer requirements
  • improve the sales process, wherever the customer may be
  • develop innovative products faster
  • work in an international collaborative development environment
  • manufacture in-house, or outsource manufacture
  • deliver the required product at the required time
  • provide superb support of product use
  • offer better product maintenance and service until the product is eventually replaced and recycled or disposed of in an environmentally-sensitive manner
Investment in CPC/PLM systems is justified, for example, by the resulting improvements in :
  • the rate of innovation
  • product quality
  • customer acquisition and retention
  • time to market
and reductions in :
  • customer acquisition costs
  • product development cycles and costs
  • engineering change time
  • product costs
  • production costs
  • product support costs
CPC/PLM systems include EDM/PDM functionality, but they offer much more functionality (for example, creation of product data). Product data management functionality only amounts to about 20% of the functionality of a complete CPC/PLM solution.

Some CPC/PLM functionality is based on tried and tested methods and techniques from the last century. However, much functionality is only now coming to market, often built using fast-moving revolutionary approaches and technologies that have yet to crystallize. As a result it is only to be expected that there will be problems when companies implement CPC/PLM. Yet successful implementation of CPC/PLM and EDM/PDM will be high-priority issues in 2002 in a wide range of industry sectors (such as defense, aerospace, automotive, electronics, mechanical engineering, machine tool, petrochemicals, plant engineering and pharmaceuticals).

Organizations developing and using CPC/PLM systems need all the help they can get to ensure successful results. They'll benefit from reading our monthly CPC/PLM Strategies : 2002 publication.

CPC/PLM Strategies : 2002 helps its subscribers :
  • keep up-to-date with the latest developments in CPC/PLM systems and technologies
  • understand CPC/PLM functions and features
  • find out about CPC/PLM component systems
  • stay informed of the activities of vendors and users
  • understand the ingredients of successful implementation
  • learn about approaches and techniques that can save time and money
  • get an independent, expert view, free from the constraints of internal politics

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EDM/PDM Reference Section
Recent additions and modifications to 'Vendors in the EDM/PDM World' include c-Ark and truEInnovations, Inc.

Recent additions and modifications to 'EDM/PDM service providers' include KPMG Consulting Inc.

CAD case studies, CAD user stories

* Need to go to an EDM/PDM event? * To find out which events are coming up, visit our list of Conferences and Seminars in the EDM/PDM world.

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* Corporate *
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Silicon Perspective Corporation (SPC), a privately-held design technology firm headquartered in Santa Clara, California, specializing in virtual prototyping. Details

Open Text Corporation announced its intention to make an offer to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Accelio Corporation for a cash price of Cdn.$2.75 per share, or Cdn.$68.5 million on a fully-diluted basis. Details

* People *
3D Systems Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer, Brian K. Service, announced that the company's Board of Directors has named Grant R. Flaharty Executive Vice President of Global Business Operations and E. James Selzer Senior Vice President. Details

Digital Paper Corporation announced that Benjamin R. Battle has been named vice president of engineering. In his new role, Battle will be responsible for engineering operations, including the development of Digital Paper's suite of docQuest products. Details

 Autovue - from Cimmetry Systems, Inc.

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Firepond announced the appointment of former IBM Vice President John Cachianes to its Board of Directors. Details

* Implementation *
Ariba Inc. announced strong momentum for the Ariba Enterprise Sourcing solution, with customers reporting early and significant cost savings. Since launching Ariba Enterprise Sourcing less than three months ago, Ariba has signed over 10 sourcing customers. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced that Total Energy Systems, a manufacturer and assembler of housings and diesel fuel tanks for the generator industry, as well as a distributor of generator sets and diesel engines, has selected Autodesk Inventor software for its 3D design needs. Details

Cadence announced that the Division of Design Development in Faraday Technology Corporation, Taiwan, announced that it has selected the Cadence Design Systems NC-Verilog as its Verilog sign-off simulator. Details

Commerce One, Inc. and MSX International, Inc. announced that MSX International has selected Commerce One to power its outsourced procurement service to deliver e - procurement and business services to small- and mid-sized customers. Details

Eigner announced that Siemens ICN, a leading provider of integrated voice and data networks for enterprises, carriers and service providers, has implemented a product lifecycle management solution based on Eigner technology. Details

Innoveda, Inc. announced it reached a major milestone in shipping 12,000 copies of its browser-based DxDesigner front-end engineering design solution during November. Details

Open Text Corporation announced that the Sinclair Knight Merz Group, one of Australia's leading independent professional services consulting firms, will implement Livelink enterprise-wide. Details

PTC announced that Penske Racing, the most successful team in the history of Champ car racing, won its record-setting 11th National Title and 9th CART FedEx Racing Series Championship in 2001. Penske Racing uses PTC MCAD design software solutions for the design-through-manufacturing development process of its Champ racing cars. Details

* Developments *
ADINA R & D, Inc. announced availability of ADINA System 7.5 on Intel Itanium-based platforms, including the 16-way Itanium-based NEC Express server Express5800/1000 series, running Red Hat Linux OS. Details

Autodesk, Inc. announced the availability of Autodesk Streamline 3, the latest release of its hosted collaboration service designed for small and midsize manufacturers to share design information across extended manufacturing teams. Details

Gibbs and Associates announced that GibbsCAM 2002 is now shipping to customers. Details

MSC.Software Corp. announced the availability of MSC.Fatigue 2001, a life simulation tool for predicting the durability of structural components and assemblies. Details

Mentor Graphics Corporation introduced the eParts system, an integrated IP repository and delivery system powered by Mentor's QuickUse technology. Details

Engineering Data Management Newsletter
Download a free review copy of the June 2001 issue of the Engineering Data Management Newsletter (PDF, 339kB).

* Relationships *
3D Systems Corp. and DSM Desotech Inc. announced the companies have formed OptoForm LLC, a joint venture that will focus on the development and commercialization of new equipment and materials for rapid tooling and direct and indirect in-line manufacturing processes. Details

EDS and PwC Consulting, a business of PricewaterhouseCoopers, announced a global alliance to provide companies with installation, delivery and maintenance services of SAP software. IDC estimates the worldwide market for Enterprise Resource Management (ERM) services - including consulting, integration, operations management, support and training - is $40 billion in 2001 and will reach $62 billion by 2005. Details

 Web-based View-Markup from Spicer Corporation.

Web-based View-Markup from Spicer Corporation

Landmark Graphics Corp., a wholly owned business unit of Halliburton Company, and SGI announced an agreement to jointly market GeoProbe software and SGI Reality Center facilities.

PTC and Samsung SDS, a leading systems integration, systems management and e-business company in Korea, announced that they launched Collaborative Product Commerce (CPC) consulting services for the manufacturing industry in Korea. Details

The Process & Building Solutions division of Intergraph Corporation announced it has signed a Platinum Authorized hardware reseller agreement with Compaq Computer Corporation. Details

QUMAS Inc. announced the formation of a technology alliance with CYA Technologies Inc. ( Details

Verity, Inc. announced that it has joined the IBM Portlet Provider Program to provide advanced out-of-the-box portlets for IBM WebSphere Portal. The portlets will enable joint IBM WebSphere Portal and Verity customers to integrate their portal solutions with Verity's and intelligent classification technologies. Details

* Other *
Ariba, Inc. announced that two of its customers, FedEx and Unilever, have been recognized by research firm, Aberdeen Group for their successful implementation and use of the Ariba Buyer eProcurement solution. The Aberdeen Group Best Practices in e-Procurement award recognizes companies who have achieved exceptional results with their eProcurement projects. Details

Hummingbird Ltd. announced that Ovum, the analyst and consulting company, recognized Hummingbird EIP as the leading enterprise portal solution in terms of content integration and ability to access both structured and unstructured information. Details

MSC.Software Corp. announced that Beacon Power Corporation utilized MSC.Software simulation tools and professional services to simulate the complex physical stresses associated with a revolutionary energy storage system. By using MSC.Software simulation tools and services, Beacon Power reduced design time by a factor of 5 and material costs by 50 percent. Details

Open Text Corporation announced that Transform Magazine selected Livelink MeetingZone and Livelink as one of the Product of the Year 2001 Winners in the Collaboration Technologies category. Details

ProSTEP announced that, as indicated by the 7th ProSTEP benchmark, an increasing number of STEP processors allow not only purely geometric data to be exchanged but also supplementary information such as annotations for 3D models and validation properties for validating data quality. Details

ProSTEP announced that the PDTnet Schema is now officially registered at XML.ORG ( Details

Spatial Corp. and Tech Soft America announced the OpenHSF Initiative and the first publication of the HSF Specification. Details

Spatial Corp. announced the publication of the book '3D Modeling with ACIS' written by Jonathan Corney and Theodore Lim. This new edition is a revision of the 1997 book entitled '3D Modeling with the ACIS Kernel and Toolkit', that has been updated, and extended, to cover the most recent versions of ACIS (i.e. 6.3 and 7.0). Details

Spatial Corp. announced the scheduled opening of a Professional Services Center dedicated to European, Middle Eastern, and African (EMEA) partners and the expansion of their Technical Support options, both to be operational on January 2, 2002. Details

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