Unlike ERP integration toolkits provided by CAD or ERP vendors, IDC Missing Link is neither ERP or CAD centric, officials say. The software is a high-performance application built to operate inside a CAD application, so, unlike some PLM systems, it works at an individual’s speed and doesn’t require the overhead of traditional PLM. IDC Missing Link combines the activities of part data management and part model library management to reduce the number of steps in the design process.
Specifically, IDC Missing Link streamlines the product development process by eliminating many non value-added steps in the routine management of parts libraries, drawing management, part definition (master data) and Bill of Materials (product structures) management. The software does this by managing the object model in CAD along with information critical to the business object in ERP as a single object in the Design Warehouse.
For engineers, the benefits are numerous. They include a reduction in non-productive time by eliminating the need for the user to access and navigate the local and network file system, an increase in rework and duplication as locating existing parts becomes routine and achieving more reliable designs, according to Gary Kellstrom, president of IDC. “Engineers can stop thinking about managing data and files and start using parts and product structures as a tool to aid in the communication of their design intent,” he says.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.