By Bernd Pätzold
What news to start the year with: according to the Bloomberg Index, Germany was the most innovative country in the world in 2020. But are we also the first when it comes to using innovations? Looking around, I unfortunately have the impression: No. While others see new technologies as a panacea, we prefer to deal with their risks and side effects. The question is whether Corona will change anything. It was raised by the FAZ in an article with the nice title "Fortschritt wider Willen" (progress against one's will), which I recommend you to read.
An interview with Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen
The HARTING Technology Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of connection technology, made use of PROSTEP's PLM strategy consulting services last year. In this interview, Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen, member of the board responsible for New Technologies and Development at HARTING, discusses the company's digitalization strategy and the need for action in product development.
By Daniel Wiegand
Integrating data exchange into the users' working environment is the best way to ensure that they comply with data security and know-how protection rules. That's why automotive supplier HBPO has integrated the OpenDXM GlobalX data exchange platform into SAP ECTR. In the future, it will be available not only for product developers, but also for other departments.
By Matthias Grau
PROSTEP's new series on SHIPBUILDING PLM INSIGHTS was launched on March 16. It was a successful start to the series: Around 150 participants watched the first episode, which focused on the added value of PDM and PLM for users of shipbuilding-specific CAD systems. In addition, our shipbuilding experts explained how shipyards can rebuild their PLM architectures more effectively.
By Martin Strietzel
PROSTEP's PLM strategy consultants have compiled their experience from numerous consulting projects in a new whitepaper. One of their findings is that many companies are not making optimum use of their existing PLM solutions. Before looking for a new system, they should first analyze what PLM capabilities they will need in the future.
When exchanging CAD data, it is important to ensure the transfer of complete and valid assemblies, which might possibly be used for downstream operations such as conversion. PROSTEP has therefore expanded its OpenDXM GlobalX data exchange platform to include intelligent CAD analysis functions, which efficiently analyze and structure assemblies before they are transferred.
By Mirko Theiß
A few weeks ago, Alstom completed the takeover of Bombardier's railway division. However, the two companies already worked closely together beforehand on the development and production of the new generation of metros for the Paris transport authority. The former Bombardier sites use the OpenPDM integration platform to import the engineering data for production and assembly into their PLM environment.
The first PROSTEP CONSULTING DAY will be held 15 April 2021 – a date to enter in your calendar. With our interactive online event, we want to show customers and interested parties from manufacturing industry the strategic concepts we use to help them shape digitalization so that they are better prepared to meet the challenges posed by rapid change.
By Martin Holland
January saw the launch of the joint project "ICT-enabled model-based impact analysis in product development", or ImPaKT for short, which is being funded with the support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). Within the framework of the project, PROSTEP will be extending its OpenPDM family to include a software module for the cross-domain coordination of changes and validating the functionality of the solution together with industry partners.
By Michael Wendenburg
Gartner has identified a new top strategic technology trend that is being reinforced by the COVID pandemic: The Internet of Behavior (IoB). It refers to the collection and use of data to drive our behavior. Fortunately, there is also a top counter-trend, namely privacy-enhancing computation. The Gartner eBook does not reveal which-one will win in the end.
By Lars Wagner
Although there is already a large number of projects involving digital twins under way in the maritime industry, there is no common industry-wide understanding of what a digital twin is and no uniform approach to implementation. These are the results of a survey on the digital twin conducted by PROSTEP among shipyards, operators, suppliers and classification societies.
By Markus Sachers
PROSTEP has entered into a strategic partnership with the Dutch technology company AMbrace, which is developing a service platform that makes it possible to 3D print spare parts. AMbrace will use our OpenDXM GlobalX data exchange platform to make 3D print data available in combination with SAMPL technology for the tamper-proof exchange of 3D printing licenses.
By Joachim Christ
A growing number of companies are relying on agile approaches when developing their PLM systems to enable faster reactions to new market requirements. At the same time, they often want to outsource development activities to offshore partners for financial reasons. Two new white papers explain how PROSTEP supports customers when it comes to using agile methods and introducing agile methods in context of near- and offshoring.
By Michael Buchholz
With the presentation of Release 9.2 of OpenPDM, PROSTEP has also converted and released the special migration solution OpenPDM MIGRATE to the cloud-enabled technology. Thanks to microservices architecture and the separation of mapping engine and connectors, external migration tools from PLM vendors such as PTC's Windchill Bulk Migrator can now be flexibly integrated.