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How Apical Instruments Streamlined and Improved Design Controls

In an industry as highly regulated as medical devices, having all information about the design and production process of each product in one place is more than a nice-to-have. Using a single system to manage the product, quality, and design controls is key to delivering a safe and effective product on time. My company, Apical Instruments, helps companies design and manufacture complex devices, while complying with the U.S. Food ...

June 25, 2019

3 Keys to Product Development and Supply Chain Success

If you’ve ever wished for better methods of managing your product’s lifecycle other than manual processes and silos of data, you’re not alone. My clients frequently express this concern to me. That’s why I’m glad I found Cloud PLM (product lifecycle management) years ago and have been able to help many companies scale from early-stage businesses to high-volume manufacturing.  Working as the head of operations ...

June 11, 2019

ITAR and EAR Compliance and Modern Product Development (Part III)

In Part I of this series, we concluded that a secure government-grade Cloud PLM provides a better shared responsibility model as well as an enabling platform for doing the work of product development. In Part II, we reviewed the intricacies of International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) as they apply to how you manage export-controlled technical data. Meeting these regulations while enabling your teams with ...

May 24, 2019

ITAR and EAR Compliance and Modern Product Development (Part II)

In Part I of this series, we outlined the difficulties you, as a high tech electronics manufacturer, can face when participating in the defense market. Your products may be subject to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or Export Administration Regulations (EAR), dictating tight control over all regulated technical data. Meeting these regulations while enabling your teams with the flexibility and transparency needed to make great products on-time is ...

May 9, 2019

How IoT is transforming product processes

The complex, connected devices at the heart of the Internet of Things create the need for greater control and interoperability between highly dispersed teams and supply chains. So, where do you start?Well, a clear set of requirements are critical in the beginning and throughout the new product introduction (NPI) process to deliver products as envisioned and on time. While IoT helps create better user experiences and greater customer satisfaction ...

April 29, 2019