Armstrong Pumps Inc. is adding new functionality to its online product configuratior in the hopes that it will save time. The company will implement RuleStream's RPM (rules-driven product management) software. The added functionality will automate the configuration of 3D components and assemblies and boost data integration across the many software systems the company uses to streamline product development. Armstrong predicts the action will reduce to minutes the generation of engineering deliverables that previously took hours.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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