Topic: Industry News & Trends

Using an ERP system to manage constantly changing BOMs during product design is a common trap that many organizations fall into. Although ERP systems shine as transactional tools that manage inventory and provide control throughout production, they’re not built to manage the engineering change process or keep everyone on...

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For small to mid-size businesses, manufacturing beautifully intricate product parts typically means contracting a supplier to do the job. But what if you were able to *print* your own parts in your own “home”? Some entrepreneurs are already doing it! Thanks to the advances in three-dimensional printing, your manufacturing...

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What can make or break a manufacturing company? According to Eric Larkin, co-founder and CTO of Arena Solutions, the answer is “how well it handles its product data.” In the early 1990s, as CTO of an underwater video equipment manufacturer, Eric and his team used spreadsheets to manage...

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This Valentine’s Day we are giving part numbering schemes a big juicy KISS.Parts are the heart of your product. You have to manage (um, treat) them just right, otherwise you could have product heartache on your hands.Assigning a part number is a way for a...

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The goal of most manufacturing organizations is the same: build great products in a repeatable way. That requires good manufacturing processes — which obviously takes more than just having the appropriate gauges, fixtures and training in place. In a recent blog post,...

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