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SolidWorks product manager Craig Therrien spoke with Manufacturing AUTOMATION's sister publication, Design Product News, at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego, Calif. In this exclusive interview, Therrien explains why both designers and supplier-manufacturers can benefit from exploiting the Costing module inside Premium and Professional copies of the SolidWorks 2012 release.
Hayward Gordon designs, manufactures and distributes process equipment, products and systems relating to pumping, mixing, filtration and bulk solids handling. With 78 employees and branch locations in Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal, Hayward Gordon is headquartered in Ontario, home of its custom-built 50,000-sq.ft. office and plant facility, which opened in 2006.
Altium business development manager Lawrence Romine spoke with Manufacturing AUTOMATION sister publication, Design Product News, at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego, Calif. Romine outlined how Altium product design software bridges the ECAD-MCAD gap, in conjunction with Mecodes mechatronic collaboration design software and the SolidWorks solid modelling platform.
There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly product life cycle management (PLM). While PLM "in the cloud" is available today, its adoption can be slow. Customers are having a difficult time deciphering when, how and even whether to use PLM in a cloud. With the type of sensitive information that is managed in PLM, there has been some apprehension about moving to the cloud. Adoption is slowly gaining momentum as more customers see the available options and advantages.
All business leaders want to take their organizations to the next level. In an effort to do so, many have invested heavily in ERP implementations and have suffered through associated business disruptions. Notwithstanding their good intentions, most companies haven't come close to realizing the value achieved by those featured in various ERP case studies. Revenues haven't leapt 20 percent. Operating costs haven't been slashed by 15 percent. And on-time deliveries haven't reached record highs of 95 percent. So, what's holding them back?
InterWrap Industries manufactures and distributes plastic and paper products for packaging and industrial use. You may see its product wrapped around a stack of lumber, a hay bale or a roll of steel. The company has a reputation for relentless research and development, innovative value-added services, and the strategic adoption of technology. Its dynamic personality and commitment to continuous improvement have raised the bar in the industrial packaging industry.
With all of the recent marketing hype surrounding SaaS ERP, you might be surprised to learn that it only commanded seven percent of the 2011 global ERP market share by software sales. According to a July 2011 report by Gartner Research, this translates to a roughly $1.7 billion US slice of the $24.3 billion US ERP software pie.
Operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week with worldwide partners and suppliers, Avid, a creator of the technology that people use to make the most listened to, most watched and most loved media in the world - from award-winning productions, to music and movies made at home - needed to create a unified environment for its global product development teams to easily find and share product information in real-time.
Faced with shipping errors, inventory accuracy issues and weak supply chain management, Lakeside Plastics, a mid-sized Canadian plastic injection moulder, implemented Solarsoft iVP to solve its issues and strengthen enterprise-wide control.
Autodesk previewed a cloud-based product life cycle management product at its Autodesk University 2011 conference in Las Vegas at the end of November. Watch the video to learn more.
Autodesk previewed a new solution designed to transform how manufacturers manage the entire life cycle of a product - from its conception, through design and manufacture, partner and supplier management, procurement, quality, compliance, service and more - at its Autodesk University 2011 conference in Las Vegas at the end of November.
Manufacturing AUTOMATION editor Mary Del Ciancio recently attended Autodesk University 2011 in Las Vegas. She and more than 8,000 customers, partners, media and employees gathered at the Venetian November 28 until December 1 to learn about the latest Autodesk offerings and industry trends.
Cosma International, a wholly-owned operating unit of Magna International, is one of the world's premier global automotive suppliers providing a comprehensive range of body, chassis and engineering solutions to OEM customers. Unsatisfied with the lack of functionality and support for its legacy business management system, Cosma’s operation in Victor, Iowa, searched for an integrated ERP system that allowed for real-time shop floor reporting and inventory management. In 1996, Cosma selected Solarsoft’s flagship ERP system for manufacturing and distribution, iVP, and has never looked back.
Whether businesses like it or not, they have to be agile to succeed. If managing extreme economic volatility wasn’t challenging enough, businesses also have to contend with shifts caused by natural disasters (e.g., the Japanese supply disruption), faster cycles of technological innovation and obsolescence, and structural shifts in the labour market.

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