Topic: Item and File Management

Have you ever had to stop your assembly line because a part doesn’t fit? Or halted your manufacturing line because a part did not perform as designed? In both cases adoption and adherence to form fit function rules could have prevented these delays to the production schedule, and allowed your assembly line to work without incident.

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Products are the heart of a manufacturing firm and the value that keeps customers coming back for more. Parts are the heart of a product, and their influence on final product costs is huge. In many companies, though, parts are the most poorly controlled data in the organization

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How enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems work together and the risk of implementing ERP without PLM.

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An engineering change request (ECR) form is used to describe a suggested enhancement or problem with a product. The form initiates the change process — it promotes discussions within the organization to help determine the impact of a change and the best possible solution.

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Product lifecycle management in the cloud–or PLM in the cloud–is an internet-based system for managing a product and its associated information from concept to end of life.

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Taking a step-by-step approach and getting buy-in from all stakeholders when putting a new tool in place will help ensure a smooth, successful implementation. Implementing product lifecycle management (PLM) is no different. This article provides six tips for manufacturers that are considering using a PLM software system or are ready to move forward with a PLM implementation.

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A part number system is used within a manufacturing company as a way for individuals and departments to identify and track parts. Categorizing parts in a standardized way can create efficiencies in many manufacturing processes.

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Manufacturing a product means you have parts – anywhere from just a few to hundreds, perhaps even thousands, to manage, track and store. Part numbering provides a standard way to reference parts. Manufacturers use part numbering schemes to assign a unique number to each part.

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Scrap and rework costs are a manufacturing reality impacting organizations across all industries and product lines. Scrap and rework costs are caused by many things—when the wrong parts are ordered, when engineering changes aren’t effectively communicated or when designs aren’t properly executed on the manufacturing line.

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The role of fixtures and jigs in the manufacturing process A successful manufacturing process relies on a manufacturer’s ability to build products in reliable and repeatable ways, so it’s important to make sure that the components used to build and test products are well maintained. Two important components that assist […]

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