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Comparing the Top PLM Systems: Siemens Teamcenter, Dassault Enovia, PTC Windchill

A product’s life cycle begins with an idea, but it doesn’t end when the product reaches the market, or even when it’s replaced by a new generation or the next big thing. In many cases, companies must provide service and support for years after a product becomes obsolete, and upfront planning is critical. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) provides a central repository for all product information. It includes rough drafts and sketches from the design stage, written processes and manufacturing instructions from selling stage, and the end of life strategy and disposal plans. In addition, it ensures that a product’s design stays on schedule and meets any regulatory requirements necessary. PLM is one of the most critical applications for a company, but it can be hard to navigate the competitive market. This whitepaper provides a comparison framework for understanding the market and choosing the right solution to meet your company’s unique needs.

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Calculating the Total Cost of Product Development Solutions

One big question is cost. How does cloud-based software compare to on-premise data processing and storage? 

This white paper seeks to answer this question by exploring the following topics:  Capital and operational expenses for cloud versus on-premise product development solutions Indirect costs and other considerations A case study illustrating the use of cloud solutions for product development

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The Best CAD Software for the Modern Engineer

The 30+ years that have followed have brought a lot of changes in technology. We have moved away from decentralized desktop workstations that cost tens of thousands of dollars running design software that cost tens of thousands of dollars more. We’ve moved away from sharing data with floppy disks and we’re now using the Internet. Waves of change came fast and are still coming. 

So, in this ever-changing technology environment, how do you make a decision about what CAD package will best serve your needs and deliver the innovative tools that you require to desgin tomorrows great products? That question and many more are answered in this eBook. 

In this 74-page eBook you will learn about:  CAD options that are available on the market. The strength and weakness of the biggest CAD packages available to engineers. What considerations you need to take into account when investing in a CAD package.

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PLM and PDM for the Engineering-Centric Enterprise

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software can help businesses small and large proactively manage their mission-critical intellectual property and control their product definitions. 

But what is PLM? What is PDM? And what problems can PLM and PDM help solve or avoid for your design team? Furthermore, how do you choose and deploy a PLM or PDM scheme? 

In this white paper you’ll learn answer to those questions and find ways that you improve your product design and management scheme by learning:  What PLM and PDM are How to deploy a PLM and PDM solution How to choose which PLM or PDM systems will work for your operation

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Three Approaches to Integration that Deliver Greater PLM Value

A solid integration will eliminate duplicate data entry, reduce errors, save time, lead to more accurate data and therefore improve productivity and the bottom line. 

However, this begs the question “How do I integrate two (or more) disconnected systems?” Are there multiple options? Are some options better than others? Are there commercial tools available in the market to help with this or is everything custom programming? 

This white paper will answer these questions about PLM integration. Specifically, you will learn:  How to assess your PLM needs with real world use cases Three of the most popular forms of PLM integration How to choose which PLM integration method is right for your business.

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Optimizing Medical Device Development with Full Regulatory Compliance

Customers now have the tools to easily compare products, making quality, reliabilty and safety integral to product success. But how do you keep up with innovation while also ensuring that your product meets your customets rigorous demands? 

One method of doing so is by pursuing a cross-functional product development approach. To be most effective, quality should be managed early in the product development lifecycle and consistently throughout the entire process, using multi-pronged, collaborative methods. 

This white paper is presented here to help you integrate this type of product development template into your design scheme, with a specific focus on medical device manufacturers. 

In this white paper, you will learn about:  How to optimize your design controls How to optimize communication and design reuse. How to maintain design intent for manufacturing and regulatory filings

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Defining a Technology Strategy to Support Product Development

While those productivity gains are impressive, they haven’t translated that well to the product development processes for all companies. 

Considering that product development cycles continue to shrink, its important that businesses that want to keep up with the pace of cutting edge product development teams make their product development process as productive as possible. But how is that done? 

One of the most important aspects of improving product development processes is ensuring that your team has the right technology strategy to make your engineers as productive as possible. 

In this white paper you will learn about:  How to assess what supporting technologies you’ll need to improve product development productivity Understanding product development sub-processes and interfaces. What types of productivity gains you can expect by bringing the right technology into your product development scheme

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How to Select the Correct Spring-Loaded Connectors for Today's Interconnect Applications

Connectivity is crucial for so many aspects of modern design, technology and life. So, one of the greatest challenges facing designers is achieving the right balance between reliability, suitability and cost. Especially when it comes to physical connectors like spring-loaded connectors (SLCs). 

While connectors are often seen as ‘simple’, a correctly applied connector will function better and last longer than one that is not well suited for the application. Knowing what you need in a connector is crucial to creating a good design. But how do you choose the right connector? 

In this white paper you will learn:  How to specify what type of SLC your team requires for your project so that you achieve optimum performance Why SLCs are considered some of the most reliable connectors on the market What applications are best suited for SLCs

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Three Reasons to Use Machined Pin Receptacles in Your Connector Design

Design engineers are faced with the challenge of designing products quickly and efficiently while maintaining ever-increasing demands for power, signal and board real estate requirements. 

For a great many of these products, and for any product performing a mission critical function, the machined pin receptacle warrants strong consideration. Its reliability, versatility and flexibility make it a wise design choice for a wide array of connector systems across a broad spectrum of industries. 

In this white paper you will learn:  Why machined pin receptacles make for reliable, robust connections How machined pin receptacles provide great precision, flexibility and versatility in design How machined pin receptacles can cut costs and save time when prototyping

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Microcontrollers in Power Electronics

Traditionally, analog technologies dominate the switch mode power supply (SMPS) realm. However, with digital microcontrollers offering crucial power supply advantages, it may be time to break with that tradition. From multitasking to part count reduction to auto-tuning, digital control offers power supply designers a wealth of flexibility and advanced power management options. Because of these features, digital microcontrollers can even be used to manage entire systems. In this white paper, you will get an in-depth look into the various benefits of using a digital microcontrollers for a multitude of power supply applications, as well as a comprehensive overview of how these microcontrollers can be used at the helm of a smoothly-running system. Download now, and find out if it’s time to break tradition with analog power.

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Adoption of Industrial Internet of Things ('IIoT') in 2018

Are production environments embracing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology? 

Engineering.com surveyed 226 manufacturing professionals to find out.

This webinar will present the results of the research report and provide expert commentary on the results. 

The commentary will also provide examples of actual applications of IIoT in production environments. 

Here are a few selected insights:  More than half of all production activities are instrumented Connecting that equipment to the Internet and analyzing the data from it is at an earlier stage of adoption The most popular application for IIoT is optimizing machine and process performance, but six other applications are almost as popular

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Adoption of Industrial Internet of Things ('IIoT') in 2018

Are production environments embracing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology? 

Engineering.com surveyed 226 manufacturing professionals to find out.

This webinar will present the results of the research report and provide expert commentary on the results. 

The commentary will also provide examples of actual applications of IIoT in production environments. 

Here are a few selected insights:  More than half of all production activities are instrumented Connecting that equipment to the Internet and analyzing the data from it is at an earlier stage of adoption The most popular application for IIoT is optimizing machine and process performance, but six other applications are almost as popular

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From Startup to Global Enterprise: Unlocking Your Software Company's Full Potential

Software and technology companies operate in one of the most rapidly evolving industries of all, with seismic shifts in development, infrastructure, customer expectations and business models. Companies can go from startup to IPO to global enterprise to acquisition in just a few years. Finding a business system that can keep up with this change presents a tremendous challenge.

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Preparing for an IoT Edge Project

The same holds true for IoT Edge applications. But what kind of planning do you have to do up front before you begin developing a cutting edge IoT product? What kind of planning template should you put in place to organize your team’s development efforts? Is there one right way to create a IoT Edge plan? Or are there many schemes that will effectively lead your team to a successful product design? There are so many questions surrounding the initial design stages of developing an IoT Edge project, that even getting started can seem daunting. In this white paper, you will learn: The types of IoT Edge planning scenarios that work best What kind of documentation makes these plans valuable for designers How to best outline a plan for a design’s composition to ensure product success

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From Startup to Global Enterprise

Software and technology companies operate in one of the most rapidly evolving industries of all, with seismic shifts in development, infrastructure, customer expectations and business models. Companies can go from startup to IPO to global enterprise to acquisition in just a few years. Finding a business system that can keep up with this change presents a tremendous challenge.

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Choosing the Right Insulation Blanket Supplier

Insulation blankets have a number of important functions. Depending on the industry and application, they can be used to protect personnel from hot piping, for lowering ambient heat, and as heat shields to protect heat sensitive components, and for energy efficiency. This eBook provides a step-by-step analysis of what you should look for when choosing an insulation blanket supplier. The topics covered include: Product Range Offering Applications that are very high in temperature or in an unusual environment Industry Experience Understanding of the goals of the insulation project  And much more...

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Basics of Design--Circuit Breakers

Maybe 100s, possibly 1000s, and most, if not all of them contain one or more types of circuit breakers. But, why? 

Well, circuit breakers are a critical piece of electronic technology that keep systems from frying and shorting out when an overload of current makes its way to a device. Without these bit of circuitry, most electronic systems would be doomed sooner rather than later. 

And while circuit breakers may seem both critical and commonplace, new applications for the technology are being developed in some rapidly emerging electronics fields like solar energy, marine electronics and more. So, if you think you know all there is to know about circuit breakers, you might think twice, and catch up on what’s new with this white paper. 

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Cold Forming: A Cost Effective Alternative to Machining Small Parts

Components that require exceptionally tight dimensional tolerances and advanced surface finishes can end up costing a lot of money when manufactured through traditional machining methods. Although conventional wisdom states that cold forming is an even more expensive option, this is simply not the case when it comes to producing high quantities of complex precision shapes. According to this informative whitepaper, not only does precision cold forming provide tight tolerances, dimensional reliability, and better surface finishes, it also yields near-net-shape components that require very little secondary machining/processing. This in turn reduces the amount of raw material that is being wasted, thus saving money. Check out this white paper to learn more about the art and science behind the cold forming process, and see if cold forming is the right method for your precision needs.

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Build an Analytics Anywhere Strategy Today with IIoT

This webinar examines how new IIoT technologies are driving industrial transformation. Particular focus is paid to the critical early use case like reliability, energy, productivity, and quality; and how a hybrid approach can drive early success – while laying the foundation for substantive transformations.

You will learn how to: Develop a strategy that provides a seamless experience across the edge, data center, or cloud Provide a holistic technology architecture across IT & OT Evolve and address how IIoT enables new decision making processes and success metrics Transform plant personnel and management into knowledge workers

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3D Printing Buyer's Guide: Unlock the Potential of Additive Manufacturing

Many businesses struggle to find the right additive manufacturing solutions that suit their needs and provide return on investment (ROI). Selecting the right platform to prevent manufacturing roadblocks is vital to optimizing your manufacturing line productivity.

Download the buyer's guide to help you: Evaluate the benefits of 3D printing technology at each stage of the product development process Understand how to leverage additive manufacturing for production as well as development Assess the key considerations in selecting a 3D printer that will enable your organization to capitalize on the potential of additive manufacturing

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3D Printed Fixtures and Tooling: Reduce Lead Time, Material Costs, and Downtime

From custom soft jaws for difficult machining operations to alignment jigs for welding, an industrial 3D printer can improve many of the behind-the-scenes tasks associated with manufacturing and fabrication.

Download the white paper today and learn how 3D printed tooling and fixtures address common manufacturing pain points like lengthly lead time, high material costs, and lost productivity.

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Virtualization in Industrial Plants

With the cost savings and efficiency of virtualization comes significant risk. Unfortunately, virtualization makes downtime even more damaging and costly. Before virtualization, when one server hosted one application, only one process stopped if that server went down. But with virtualized servers running multiple applications, a crash can negatively affect multiple processes.

Unplanned downtime of Industrial Control Systems; including SCADA, HMI and MES are the #1 enemy of enhanced productivity and higher efficiencies and a major driver of unplanned costs.

Learn the Pillars of Always-on Virtualization in Industrial Automation: Monitoring Your Systems Avoiding Downtime (or Failover) Minimizing Planned Downtime Simplified Management Uncomplicated Serviceability

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