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SolidWorks Syncs Electrical, Mechanical Design Silos

SolidWorks Electrical updates schematic and 3D models in real-time, ensuring designs are always in sync and BOMs are updated. (Source: SolidWorks)
SolidWorks Electrical updates schematic and 3D models in real-time, ensuring designs
are always in sync and BOMs are updated.
(Source: SolidWorks)

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: Is the wall still there?
Rob Spiegel   9/7/2012 1:36:03 PM
Beth, that makes perfect sense. Do you have any idea how this is going from a change management point of view? I would guess that the senior engineers are not as bullish on the collaboration tools as the younger engineers who probably worked with collaboration tools during their college years.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Aligning mechanical and electrical designing
Beth Stackpole   9/10/2012 6:22:49 AM
From what I hear from engineers and the vendors like SolidWorks, the two domains don't work completely in isolation (that would be impossible in today's day and age of highly complex products), but the tools are not anywhere close to integrated thus requiring a lot of manual passing back and forth of data and no where near in real time. Those traditional workflows with non-integrated tools open the door for a lot of mistakes and omissions--all of which lead to potential design problems. The idea between these integrated tool sets is to minimize those inconsistencies and get everyone on the same page.

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