Siemens Packs Briefcase of Design Data for Suppliers
With Siemens PLM Software's Briefcase Browser, suppliers can consume design data from the OEM's Teamcenter repository, including content such as part structures, items, attachments, and properties. (Source: Siemens PLM Software)
That is a big number, Chuck. But I'm not surprised by the 70% to 90% number. While there are plenty of collaboration tools, I'm not sure the work culture of smaller suppliers as adopted the collaboration culture. Maybe Siemens' Briefcase will help move collaboration forward. Ultimately collaboration processes will get adopted when OEMs make it a requirement.
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