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Understanding Key Differences in PDM vs PLM

Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably, but there are actually significant differences between them – in reality PDM is too narrow to describe the full breadth of capabilities that a true PLM system offers. LEAP’s recent webinar on this topic is summarised here to clear up any misconceptions about PDM and PLM for manufacturing organisations.

Easy Access to PLM information with ThingWorx Navigate

LEAP recently ran a webinar entitled Easy access to PLM information with ThingWorx Navigate which looked at how engineering teams can extend the capabilities of their PLM system to make important product data available and easily accessible to various stakeholders across the organisation with ThingWorx Navigate. Here we have summarised the webinar and made the recording available. To begin, Paul O’Shaughnessy – PTC Business Manager at LEAP Australia explains the concept of the Digital Thread and how it pertains to the Digital Organisation – using technology to connect the products, people, places and processes within an organisation. LEAP’s PTC Technical Manager Allan Thompson then discusses traditional Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and some of the challenges associated with sharing PLM data across the wider organisation, particularly with those outside...

Cloud-based Solutions to the challenges of Product Data Management

When it comes to collaboration amongst your design team, you have likely experienced how a file-based CAD stand-alone data architecture can severely limit teams from working together efficiently and effectively.  Rapid and clear communication is key within a team that is aiming to design a new product. When working in a file-based CAD system, users will typically resort to ad hoc solutions such as email and shared USB drives to share design data, because the system they are working in lacks a built-in means to distribute and track product design data. Serial emails create version control headaches and often lead to misunderstandings, rather than a quick, common consensus on design choices that is desired.  Unfortunately, the purchase of add-on PDM software intended to address these...

Reduce Costs by Improving Parts Re-use with Windchill Parts Classification

Throughout the product development process how much time would you estimate is wasted by design teams searching for existing parts? And when one can’t be found, how often is a duplicate part created, and at what cost? Chances are, too much engineering time is being spent on these non-value adding tasks. With parts classification, you can get the majority of that time back! LEAP’s PTC Technical Manager, Allan Thompson recently presented a webinar entitled Reduce Costs by Improving Parts Re-use with Windchill Parts Classification which explained how, by reducing the number of duplicate parts and drawings, manufacturing and service engineers can more easily plan, assemble, test and execute - reducing costs and increasing efficiency across the enterprise. Read on and watch clips of the presentation...

Advanced Assembly Design with Creo

Any time a team works with complex assemblies, they risk miscommunications, gaps, and overlap. The result? Errors and rework. That’s why Creo develops powerful capabilities for managing all of your most complex assemblies. Recently Taju Joseph, Application Engineer at LEAP Australia presented a webinar looking at the advanced assembly design capabilities within Creo and how they can help improve the quality of your models. This post provides a summary and includes video clips of the live demonstrations presented in this webinar.

Creo Multibody Design

Every seat of Creo now includes multibody design capabilities which can dramatically simplify part design and improve modelling efficiency. We recently presented a webinar looking at the surprising ways Multibody Design can help you develop higher quality products faster which we have summarised in this article including video clips of the presentation. Read on to learn how you can start working smarter with Creo Multibody Design today.

Kickstarting Factory IoT with ThingWorx Applications

Pressure on manufacturers to maximise production performance has never been higher, yet many companies still face significant challenges in acquiring, managing, sharing and acting upon the production data that will help them to achieve their goals. The adoption of the ThingWorx IoT platform and in particular implementing Thingworx Applications for use cases such as real-time asset monitoring, allows manufacturers to quickly resolve these production data management issues, lowering operating costs and increasing asset efficiency.

Improving Training, Maintenance & Instructions through Augmented Reality

Let's take a closer look at how different tools within the PTC Vuforia suite help you leverage Augmented Reality (AR) in your workplace and rapidly capture your process knowledge today for future use in training, maintenance and instructions. Here we have used highlights from our recent webinar to showcase how different AR tools & apps within the Vuforia suite allow you to rapidly create repeatable training instructions or step-by-step guides, capture process knowledge and scale your manufacturing expertise throughout your organisation. To open, Allan Thomspon, PTC Technical Manager at LEAP Australia provides a brief overview of AR technology and how market pressures such as the growing worker skills gap and evolving customer demands are driving the adoption of AR within industry. Next, Allan introduces PTC’s...
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