Autodesk and Microsoft have formed an alliance to connect engineering data to enterprise re-source planning (ERP) systems. Specifically, Autodesk's engineering data management software will be integrated with Microsoft ERP products. This, the companies say, will remedy the data inconsistencies, poorly controlled engineering change processes, release delays, and manual data re-entry that they say characterize product development today. The target companies that the alliance hopes to serve are small and mid-size companies. The integration point for connecting the data will be Autodesk Vault.
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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