Few engineers argue with the need to collaborate. Fewer still argue with the need to save time in design. Engineers at the design firm Enser say they have been able to do both. But, says General Manager Marco Arnone, it hasn't been easy, especially with the firm's clients in the power generation industry. Design team members are scattered all across the globe, he says. Case in point: The Siemens/Westinghouse Power Generation field division. Many of the engineers whose design review is needed can be traveling for weeks, he says. "We send them prints overnight, but by the time they got to them weeks would have gone by." Arnone says Enser cut that time down to days instead of weeks by using Windchill® ProjectLink™. "The Siemens engineers just call up the model on a computer wherever they are," he says.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
Weaned on the relatively effortless connectivity of today’s massive variety of consumer electronic products, automation users in the IIoT will likely not tolerate too many competing, piecemeal standards for long. And the Industrial Internet Consortium is trying to preempt history.
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