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Autodesk Inc. has announced that design and engineering professionals can become Autodesk Certified in AutoCAD 2010, Autodesk Inventor 2010, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2010 and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010 software. Becoming Autodesk Certified allows professionals, and companies boasting Autodesk Certified employees, to validate their industry skills and knowledge, demonstrate expertise and gain credibility. Customer demand has contributed to the huge growth of Autodesk Certification over the past year, increasing the number of Autodesk Certified professionals to more than 100,000. " "With engineering and design fields becoming increasingly competitive, certification gives employees an edge at a time when having one is critical to career success," said Barbara Bowen, certification program development manager, Autodesk. "Autodesk Certification allows experienced designers and engineers to validate acquired skills by receiving recognition for their knowledge of specific Autodesk software applications." www.autodesk.com/be-remarkable "
Rittal Systems Ltd. has launched a new way for users to access product models on its website at www.rittal.ca.This new feature provides CAD models for Rittal’s industrial, IT, climate control and busbar power distribution solutions including enclosures, racks and accessories in a variety of native, neutral and image formats. The database contains two-dimensional drawings and three-dimensional models for over 2,000 Rittal parts in low, medium and high resolutions to give users the ability to tailor the level of detail to their precise specifications.By utilizing this tool, denoted by a "3D" icon beside applicable part numbers or found by clicking the "Downloads" tab on the product detail pages of the website, customers can obtain product information online in an intuitive fashion, streamlining enclosure-system design.www.rittal.ca
Bosch Rexroth Canada is beating the recession blues for both itself and its customers by installing a new $1.5-million CNC machine and CAM software package that uses the latest technology to build customized hydraulic manifolds for its customers efficiently and for a competitive price. The economic outlook might be gloomy for some companies, but Bosch Rexroth Canada is looking ahead to a brighter future by taking a positive, proactive approach to helping its customers make the most of every manufacturing dollar. In the current tough economic conditions, Bosch Rexroth Canada is continuing to make investments centered around customer satisfaction, including implementing lean programs such as 5S, BPS (Bosch Production Systems) and continuous improvement of its processes and technology, resulting in greater value added to the products it provides to customers.Bosch Rexroth recently installed a brand-new, state-of-the-art CNC machining center and CAM software package at its Welland, Ont., facility, demonstrates Bosch Rexroth Canada’s commitment to its Canadian customers. The new $1.5 million investment will allow the company and its customers to stay competitive by delivering top quality Bosch Rexroth custom integrated hydraulic solutions for a variety of applications."We pride ourselves on providing strong engineering and manufacturing solutions meeting our customer’s requirements," says Dino Paladino, general manager of systems with Bosch Rexroth Canada. "Investing in state-of-the-art equipment and personnel training is key to our commitment to maintaining the level of service and satisfaction customers expect from Bosch Rexroth."The new CNC machine will provide the Welland facility with added flexibility and capacity to manufacture custom manifold blocks for Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulic solutions. A team of application engineers and designers develop the integrated circuits and manifold designs, then forward the information to the machining center for manufacturing.The new machine is a Mazak HCN 6800 horizontal machining center. It features a 10,000 RPM spindle speed, which provides fast, reliable machining of the blocks. The Mazak contains six pallets, where multiple work pieces can be loaded, offering great flexibility and the opportunity to perform unmanned machining over a period of time. Other features include a wide machining area and large table capacity, 330 tool storage magazine and cyber tool management to monitor tool condition.According to Paladino, the machine will increase Bosch Rexroth’s current capacity and, with the added flexibility, allow penetration into new market areas. As part of the project, Bosch Rexroth also implemented new CAM software to help improve the process. The software is Delcam’s FeatureCAM, which recognizes the features of the manifold block from the original three dimensional model, identifies the tooling required to manufacture the block, then creates the required machine code."The FeatureCAM software will eliminate the majority of programming typically required when trying to transfer information from our design group to the machine," Paladino says.www.boschrexroth.cawww.featurecam.com
Exact Software has announced the availability of the Exact Synergy Performance Suite, which enables the high performance workplace by combining one consolidated view of the business with role based performance management, activity monitoring and full-scale business analytics. This streamlines critical business processes and provides the means for clearer and quicker analysis, leading to higher performance and deeper customer satisfaction in as little as three to six months.Simply automating business transactions is no longer enough. Organizations today suffer from a lack of control and visibility into operations and complex IT infrastructures that are costly to maintain, the company says. The need to streamline and organize critical business processes while providing increased levels of visibility across the organization is what truly leads to better business performance, they add.The suite can be integrated with any back-office ERP system, which expands how businesses utilize core operational information previously restricted to a small set of knowledge workers. Ultimately, companies that select the Exact Synergy Performance Suite will conquering the traditional challenges that impede high performance (lack of visibility, complicated IT infrastructure, insufficient data structure that restricts actionable information, etc.). "As market needs evolve, so will our solutions," says Harry Merkin, VP of marketing for Exact Americas. "Synergy Performance Suite enables companies to improve control, transparency and organizational effectiveness all while realizing significant savings in infrastructure and operational costs. These are the demands of the industry today, and the Synergy Performance Suite is poised to meet those demands."The Exact Synergy Performance Suite is anchored by Exact Synergy Enterprise, the next stage in the evolution of Exact’s award winning Synergy product. Synergy Enterprise development has centered on maximizing the user experience and is based on the latest Microsoft technology (.Net). This new version offers web-based functional capabilities including HRM, CRM, Document Management, workflow, Knowledge Management, the ability to achieve compliance and Financial Consolidation, and features superior search functionality as well as an enhanced Software Development Kit.The Suite also includes Exact Business Analytics, providing the latest capabilities necessary to measure and analyze business performance, and Exact Event Manager, providing real-time activity monitoring capabilities.www.exactsoftware.com
Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management 9.3 is a new offering with advanced risk analysis, an enterprise PLM backbone that integrates other applications and hundreds of productivity-enhancing innovations.This latest release equips customers to drive profitable innovations, mitigate risk, lower development and product costs and improve productivity across the entire product lifecycle. It also represents the latest milestone for Oracle's "Applications Unlimited" program, the company says.Enhancements include:• Product Risk Management, Supplier Risk Analysis, Part Risk Analysis, Product Quality Risk Analysis, Product Design Volatility Analysis.• Analytics enhancements with Agile PLM 9.2.2 and higher, such as Enterprise PLM Backbone allowing companies to integrate existing engineering and enterprise systems.• SOA Enterprise PLM Platform with modularized web services, event management and extensible scripting for all PLM components including CAD objects to easily deploy, integrate, mash-up and extend product lifecycle processes.• Integrated Product Master Data Management to manage data mappings, improve data quality and data governance across the heterogeneous systems integrated to the Enterprise PLM Backbone.• Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) - Continued development of out-of-the-box open standards-based integrations to broader enterprise systems including Oracle and SAP.• User Productivity Tools, leveraging a Web 2.0 User Interface."PLM has become a highly strategic tool that can impact profitability, mitigate risks and improve enterprise productivity," said Oracle vice-president of PLM product strategy Hardeep Gulati. "With this latest release, Oracle extends its lead in delivering Enterprise-class PLM by giving organizations more out-of-the- box processes to support their corporate initiatives within the framework of a scalable, enterprise PLM backbone."www.oracle.com/plm
Dassault Systèmes has launched V6R2010, the latest release of its software offerings, and introduced 42 new V6 products supporting business processes in all industries. Joining them is a new offer, V6 PLM Express, tailored for mid-market businesses and small teams within large organizations.The PLM Express provides a single, open scalable platform in a pre-packaged, ready-to-use environment engineered for rapid deployment. It has online-enabled design-anywhere functionality, provides real-time seamless collaboration and supports multi-CAD interoperability and hybrid V4-V5 implementations.PLM Express’ role-based selections of the full V6 portfolio and its out-of-the-box configurations make the solution easy to buy and implement, the company says, and because all V6 solutions share the same interface and data model, mid-market users can inherently collaborate and integrate with OEMs."PLM 2.0 is an enterprise-wide business transformation catalyst integrating both industrial business processes and dedicated applications. V6’s lifelike experience, IP collaboration, modeling, simulation and manufacturing solutions provide customers an agnostic and federating platform that truly accelerates PLM 2.0 transformations," says Dominique Florack, senior executive vice-president of products, research and development.Additionally, the introduction of CATIA Live Shape allows casual users to quickly create design concepts in a lifelike environment and easily modify existing designs, including those from other CAD solutions. SIMULIA V6 DesignSight Structure makes advanced non linear finite element analysis technology available to non-experts." "Global industrial equipment companies of all sizes face increasing product variability and disruptions in the value chain while delivering ever faster innovative products." With V6 PLM Express, V6R2010 focuses on small and medium-sized companies with a sales configurator that entitles online component and sourcing management to lower the total cost of ownership. For the packaged goods industry, V6R2010 introduces a new ENOVIA CPG Accelerator. The Integrated Product Management accelerator integrates components and formula raw materials for product definition, enabling global change management and dynamic approval to accommodate regulated industry requirements. In addition, V6R2010 SIMULIA is bringing a major step for support of simulation lifecycle management processes for the industry.And for car makers, V6R2010 brings a breakthrough in the area of collaborative engineering and manufacturing for the automotive industry, OEMs and their suppliers. With a single PLM platform for IP management, V6 offers a seamless product to process integration without any engineering and manufacturing data duplication. DELMIA V6R2010 Robotics enables companies to develop multiple resource layouts for any given manufacturing process plan and provides key decision making tools to assess plant capacity, throughput, efficiency and associated costs. With online creation and collaboration, car makers can quickly exchange with partners and suppliers around the globe. www.3ds.com
Siemens PLM Software today said its laser-focus on industry automation and desire to improve productivity "from the shop floor to the executive suite" had guided the latest versions of both its Tecnomatix digital manufacturing suite and Teamcenter PLM software, according to a morning teleconference with company executives.Executive vice-president of marketing Dave Shirk said the enhanced software was aimed at boosting productivity for the global manufacturing industry "by bringing engineering and manufacturing together." The theme of the day was the state of the economy and the importance of continuing to invest in innovation."It is more important than ever for product-producing companies to elevate and optimize their overall productivity," said Chuck Grindstaff, CTO and executive vice-president of products."Our customers are evaluating every aspect of their business to look for new ways to improve productivity, from the shop floor to the executive suite. To respond to their needs, we have put an even sharper focus on developing creative tools and features in the new versions of Teamcenter and Tecnomatix that will help them unleash new levels of efficiency in product development and production."Tecnomatix 9Today’s launch of Tecnomatix 9 further extends the philosophy of "doing more with less" through a tighter integration with Teamcenter (see features below) and new functionality aimed at driving higher levels of planning and manufacturing productivity.The software suite drives manufacturing productivity in a variety of areas, including the optimization and commissioning of robots and automation equipment, manual workplace configuration to achieve output and safety objectives, efficient placement of factory equipment and material flow optimization.In the area of robotics simulation, Tecnomatix 9– started in 1983 for robotics automation–offers a number of new capabilities, including a new automatic path planning function that reduces the effort for the offline programming of robots. In addition, its virtual commissioning capability allows for testing real PLC controller programs against virtual manufacturing lines. Furthermore, the company says, standard libraries of intelligent components reduce the time and effort spent on virtual commissioning projects.""Virtual commissioning provides real and tangible benefits and addresses one of manufacturing's fundamental issues: getting product to market in a timely and competitive manner," said Dick Slansky, senior analyst for PLM with the ARC Advisory Group. "With today’s release of Tecnomatix 9, Siemens PLM Software continues to approach PLM and digital manufacturing in an integrated and holistic manner that is consistent with the needs of its customers. Virtual commissioning represents one of the immediate paybacks of the Tecnomatix digital manufacturing technology and offers a concrete value proposition."Tecnomatix 9 updated several other areas of the manufacturing environment such as factory layout and space consumption, manual workflow processes and material flow.• More realistic digital human models enhance ergonomic studies and aid with the early detection and correction of potential issues.• An enhanced time analysis and management capability includes the ability to analyze value added tasks versus non value added tasks.• Multiple improvements to the Tecnomatix Plant Simulation application enhance the users’ ability to reduce inventory, detect potential bottlenecks, optimize material flow and quickly model complex environments.It also helps improve planning productivity with integrated planning solutions that supply instant access to the latest product data while supporting capture, standardization and re-use of qualified manufacturing best practices.Teamcenter 8With today’s launch of Teamcenter 8, Siemens is delivering a variety of new features and modules aimed at driving productivity throughout the product lifecycle. Teamcenter serves as the single source of product and process knowledge for companies all over the world and in virtually every manufacturing industry. The new functionality in Teamcenter 8 focuses on boosting productivity for these organizations in three specific areas.It delivers individual productivity with an extensive Microsoft Outlook user interface and integration with Microsoft Office 2007. They've added a "ribbon" to the Microsoft Office toolbar, making it easier to interact with product information directly from within Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. The new Content and Document Management solution with its Office 2007 integration offers enhanced document management support for templates, embedded PLM menus and automatic rendering to standardize document processes, improve user productivity and reduce training costs.Teamcenter also now supports extended enterprise collaboration by sending compact packages of information via email. Teamcenter emails the desired files – including lightweight 3D JT data – that can be read by the recipients using either Teamcenter or the free JT2Go application. Teamcenter also includes new industry solutions for Aerospace & Defense, CPG, and Medical Devices along with hundreds of updates across other solution areas.www.siemens.com/plmwww.siemens.com/plm/tecnomatix9www.siemens.com/plm/teamcenter8
CAM software provider Delcam showcased a number of new products and new versions at a free Productivity Seminar held earlier this month at the Sandvik Canada Technical Center near Toronto."We hold these regular events to ensure our customers, and prospects alike, are aware of these new developments so that they can gain the maximum benefit from Delcam’s software," explained Delcam Canada vice-president Mark Cadogan. Enhancements were shown across Delcam’s range of CAM products, including FeatureCAM for feature-based programming of mills, lathes and complex multi-tasking and multi-axis machines; PartMaker for turn-mill equipment and Swiss type lathes; and PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining. "The most significant of the new developments was the latest version of PowerMILL, which incorporates support for parallel processing on multi-core computers. The result, the company says, is even-faster calculation times than PowerMILL 9, providing dramatically-increased output. Individual toolpaths can be generated more quickly and the user can prepare data in the foreground while the computer calculates toolpaths in the background." Furthermore, the computer will continue with a series of calculations automatically during the user’s breaks or overnight.Delcam’s range of quality control software was also featured, including the latest release of PowerINSPECT, which incorporates a new interface for "simple" measurements. Other enhancements include more flexible handling of geometric data sets, easier methods to add extra data and improved reporting."We were able to show our software range to existing and potential customers, and to several of our machine tool partners," Cadogan reported." "They all seemed very impressed with what they saw."I am sure those in attendance left with the impression that Delcam are making sure both that our products are here for the long haul and that we have every intention of coming out of the current economic times stronger than most of our competition."
Note: Since this announcement, Siemens PLM Software released the latest versions of its Teamcenter 8 and Tecnomatix 9 software suites. Check out Manufacturing AUTOMATION's coverage.IBM and Siemens PLM Software announced joint offerings to help companies share manufacturing plans and product data, and improve the management of products throughout their lifecycle–from design and manufacturing to end-of-life planning and recycling."As products become more sophisticated and the number of suppliers and manufacturers increases around the globe," the company says, "companies need a more intelligent and well-connected framework to support the accurate exchange of millions of data transactions. These transactions are important in the design and manufacturing of mechanical, software and electrical components critical in products from planes and ships to global positioning systems and cell phones."Using IBM's Product Development Integration Framework (PDIF) as a development platform and primary integration environment, Siemens will deliver "ready-to-use" solutions built on its Teamcenter PLM software portfolio and IBM WebSphere and Information Management (DB2). PDIF also enables a richer integration between Siemens Teamcenter and Rational Software Platform for Systems.Additionally, IBM and Siemens will jointly provide a range of services including consulting and implementation, systems integration and application hosting." ""By using a flexible software environment, companies have a framework for marrying key PLM business processes to technology initiatives that offer a structured approach to managing the life of a product," said Michael Wheeler, vice-president of IBM PLM and Supply Chain Solutions.""For line-of-business users from product development to supply chain it means faster access to information and better performance to support collaboration for global product development," stated Michael Burkett, leading industry analyst and vice-president of AMR Research. "The technology certification is significant in its depth where Teamcenter PLM is now optimized to run on IBM applications including WebSphere and DB2," he added.By exploiting the open computing flexibility of IBM's service-oriented architecture (SOA) and IBM's PDIF, companies can address the challenge of making sure millions of pieces of data and design plans are exchanged accurately throughout the product lifecycle communities." The companies says this combination helps companies build, extend and transform their existing infrastructures incrementally over time by allowing multiple systems to re-use business services and incorporate new technologies such as web-based collaboration across the product supply chain.www.ibm.com/solutions/plmwww.siemens.com/plm
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - COSS Systems has launched a new ERP product for manufacturers, in partnership with Microsoft. The product was introduced to COSS customers at the Microsoft Canada office in Mississauga earlier this month.
Manufacturers move from Lean to agile manufacturing to adapt to dynamic global marketsLean manufacturing is a term applied to companies that are very good at managing what is in their control, and finding ways to continuously improve areas within their shop management that prove to be inefficient. But manufacturers that have worked for years to get Lean and become Leaner may be wondering, "What's next?"Agility is the ability to thrive and prosper in an environment of constant and unpredictable change. Agile manufacturing deals with the things that are not readily controlled. This relatively new concept is seen as the next step after Lean in the evolution of production methodologies, but many have not yet begun to implement these new tactics. In fact, a recent study found that while 40 percent of respondents are engaged in Lean manufacturing, less than four percent pursued agile manufacturing.The basic concept of agile manufacturing is developing what could best be called a nimble mindset when it comes to understanding market environments. In short, rapid changes in the market environment are not something to be feared, but should be seen as opportunities to beat the competition to the punch. Rapid changes in the market call for rapid responses. This notion of changeability is at the heart of new movements in manufacturing based on production agility.AGILE MANUFACTURING IN THE JOB SHOPAgile manufacturing represents a complete shift in the mindset of production industries in the 21st century; one in which there is both a greater relationship between technology and worker skills, and greater customer access to, and demands upon, the core competencies of their manufacturers/vendors.By its denoted value, agile manufacturing implies a sense of flexibility. In today's dynamic global marketplace, where the business variables are often unknown and changing, it is incumbent on the manufacturer to be able to respond to evolving demands at a pace that, in the past, would simply be considered unrealistic. However, the modern job shop has itself evolved to this point of accommodating increasingly shortened lead times and 90-degree engineering changes. Paperless routers facilitate computerized linkages from sales order generation to the tracking of shipments. Shop floor wireless systems account for inventory levels, automated purchasing and materials movement. Engineering schemata (particularly changes in design and construction) can be relayed directly to machine operators via graphical user interfaces as they are generated.In other words, technology and technique have evolved in manufacturing so much so that agility could very well be considered state of the art. Agility is a result of streamlining to sharpen processes on the shop floor to hasten order fulfillment and, in doing so, maximize capacity for increased productivity. THE ROLE OF ERPTechnology is an enabling factor in agile manufacturing. Identifying the right technology that helps the whole shop share a common database of parts and products, and production capacities and trouble spots within the supply chain, is key. Responding deftly to customer demands, materials shortages or other contingencies is crucial, considering that small initial problems are typically amplified down the line.A first step toward becoming an agile manufacturer is developing the means by which business intelligence of the marketplace is made meaningful, and production is wholly synthesized through integration. ERP software brings all areas of the manufacturing operation into a single, real-time database where the actions of one department never happen in isolation; where all aspects of the operation are capable of responding quickly to customer demands. Particularly suited for agile manufacturing, ERP software provides the basis for rapid communications and the exchange of data, as well as the means by which responsive actions can be made quickly to ensure competitive advantage.The manufacturer that has made the effort to instill agility through ERP has the competitive advantage when it comes to quickly transforming knowledge into new products and services for its customers. AGILE MANUFACTURING IN THE REAL WORLDWhile agile manufacturing is still a novel concept and has not yet been fully implemented across the broader spectrum of manufacturing, some early adopters are already seeing the benefits.Humanetics, a precision metal works company based in Dallas, Tex., is an example of the sort of agile thinking taking place in manufacturing today. Not only is its workforce occupationally dimensional, the production model is one that takes advantage of the unique strengths of each of the company's four facilities. With the acquisition of a plant in Wuxi, China, Humanetics is able to produce products for the Asian market using local labour and resource efficiencies. However, Humanetics has also found that it can create a hybrid manufacturing model by combining Chinese overhead efficiencies (initial labour and materials) in alliance with American quality standards (for finishing) to provide low-cost, high-quality finished goods for a global marketplace.To maintain real-time connectivity between a large database of shop information, Humanetics implemented a robust ERP software system that provides the company with the capability to navigate production schedules, inventory management and cost accounting for the information flowing from all four of its geographically dispersed plants. As orders are taken, processes are planned accordingly to ensure that throughput is efficient, international movement of parts is smooth, quality is maintained and delivery is on time. Ultimately, it is its agile ERP software system that provides a sense of total flexibility to what Humanetics does as a multi-location manufacturer.AGILE MANUFACTURING TOMORROWIn a global economy, windows of opportunity open quickly and can close just as fast. The more agile the manufacturer, the greater the rewards to be gained from being the first responder to customer needs. Expanding the customer-base through emerging and diverse markets necessitates the quick reflexes that result from the consistent improvement of business intelligence.Innovation in the market provides the greatest growth opportunities for companies who are quickest because of their concerted efforts to be agile. Dusty Alexander is the president of Global Shop Solutions, an ERP software provider based in The Woodlands, Tex.
SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Autodesk, Inc., a provider of 2-D and 3-D design software, has launched the AutoCAD Exchange, an online destination for AutoCAD users to connect and learn from experts, provide feedback to the product developers, and access professional tools that can help them do their jobs better.
Manufacturers constantly struggle to link sales and planning information with the data collected on the shop floor. There is often a gap between the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems that collect orders and generate build plans, and the Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) that orchestrate shop floor operations. SAP's aggressive movement to address this gap has recently been met by a variety of Oracle announcements. The differences between the vendors' strategies indicate where the entire market is heading.ORACLE ADOPTS A HUB STRATEGY Oracle is pushing directly into traditional MES territory. Oracle E-Business Suite 12, for example, introduced integrated MES functionality that supports shop floor kiosks for both workers and managers. Oracle also recently released new offerings to fulfill its vision of "information-driven value chains."The core of its strategy is Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, which competes with SAP's Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (MII). It was first described at Open World in November 2007 when it was referred to as a manufacturing hub. It acts as a repository for data from shop floor systems such as data historians and PLCs. The underlying data model is based on the ISA-95 standard, and the product integrates with Oracle's Fusion Middleware, making the data available to reporting and event management systems. In practice, the system is bidirectional and delivers ERP data such as costs, work orders and requirements to plant floor systems. It will also gather data from MES, quality management, PLC and SCADA through OPC adapters.SAP MOVES FIRST TO CROSS THE MANUFACTURING CHASM SAP is bridging the ERP/MES gap by aggressively building relationships. Existing MES vendors can use MII to build links between their offerings and SAP. MII came from SAP's 2005 acquisition of Lighthammer, a vendor that specialized in software tools for monitoring shop floor information and integrating it with planning systems. SAP's strategy was bolstered by the introduction of the SAP Lean Planning and Operations (LPO) module, acquired from Factory Logic in 2006. Visiprise, Invensys, Pavilion Technologies and GE Fanuc Automation are all currently working with SAP.KEY TAKEAWAYS Industry solutions are back in vogue. Four years ago, the leading enterprise vendors trumpeted their acquisitions. Two years ago, they discussed how they would integrate these acquisitions. This year they are finally back to addressing real industry needs. Fortunately, the acquisitions and integration technologies have become a fundamental part of their industry strategies. Expect additional industry-specific templates and implementation plans.The partner strategies differ. SAP has been very aggressive developing partnerships for linking ERP and MES data. For SAP, these partners are crucial for developing technology to facilitate data linkages. Oracle's approach is very different. Its introduction of MES into core offerings is threatening to many potential partners. Instead, Oracle is using its partner network for domain experience in deep verticals such as life sciences and government contracting where compliance issues are particularly onerous. The road maps are still incomplete. Both vendors have made a great deal of progress in bridging the data gap, but their roadmaps still leave out a great deal of functionality. It is still unclear, for example, how MII or the Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center will integrate with modules for logistics management or customer service. Similarly, there are practical issues such as documentation management, electronic signatures or data archiving that remain unaddressed. Both vendors have technology that can address these issues and have identified them as concerns, but have not yet built appropriate templates or roadmaps.The competition is coming. Oracle and SAP aren't the only ERP vendors in the game. Other vendors with large manufacturing interests, such as Infor and IFS, are taking note and rolling out their own strategies. It remains to be seen which strategy they will fast-follow, Oracle's or SAP's.SAP and Oracle have both rolled out strategies to cross the data chasm between the executive floor and the manufacturing floor. The differences in their strategies reveal the developing market trends.George R. Goodall is a senior research analyst at Info-Tech Research Group in Toronto. You can reach him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
DENVER, Colo. - The CAD Society is now accepting nominations of CAD industry developers, pundits and experts for the 2009 CAD Society Industry Awards, which acknowledge the contributions made by individuals who have affected and developed the CAD, engineering, manufacturing and architecture software industries.
ORLANDO, Fla. - At 8:30 a.m. on Monday, February 9, 2009, for a brief moment, it was easy to forget about the global economic challenges facing the manufacturing industry. The location was the Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla., where 4,300-plus engineers gathered for the SolidWorks World 2009 International User Conference and Exposition.

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