Managing Materials, Beyond Material Compliance

In my previous posts, we’ve discussed material compliance in the context of addressing the U.S. conflict minerals reporting requirements, and also the importance of supplier materials disclosure.&nbs……

How a service knowledge management system fills in the blanks (Part 2)

Connected products sound like they’re new, but they’ve actually existed for a while. Vending machines dial out inventory information via the Internet or cellular networks to report what sales and wha……

Smart products highlight complex defects!

I recently purchased my first new vehicle in several years. I’ve got to tell you, it’s a technological marvel. It has a touch-sensitive display and controls, cameras, sensors, collision avoidance, dy……

Accelerating Lead Times for Engineer to Order (ETO) Processes

 
Timing is everything.  Whether you’re talking about your golf swing, the launch of a new product, or selling Engineer to Order equipment.  Timing is especially important when i……

3 Ways to Compliance Management with Supplier Material Disclosure

We’ve recently discussed the compliance management imperatives that call on manufacturers to improve the business value associated with product sustainability using PLM, and key ways to improve ……

Efficient and Effective Technical Publications

Technical publications groups have known that configuration-specific product documents have improved their end-user’s experience for decades. Since the early 1980’s, we’ve focused on adding intellige……

Configurator and Service Organizations

Managing product variability for a service organization poses several unique challenges and opportunities. Over the last couple months, my colleagues have explored many aspects of variability managem……

How a service knowledge management system fills in the blanks

I saw an old commercial on TV the other night I hadn’t seen in decades. I’m sure many of you know it. An elderly woman is laying on the floor, and she clutches a device around her neck before saying ……

Improving Supplier Collaboration for Faster Time to Market

These days, there is a greater importance on getting products to market faster, more efficiently, and with greater quality, especially in industries like aerospace and defense, automotive, life scien……