Todayís manufacturing robots are sophisticated mechatronics systems that require PLM traceability and dependency management to ensure engineers in each design domain to understand the impact of their decisions on other domains.
I can relate to the discussion about the major obstacles of integrating data with multiple vendor's tools across multiple domains. With design cycle times becoming more and more compressed, it is so important to have the right data immediately available at a designer's fingertips. As the article stated, too often it seems that we have to spend excessive time digging up, verifying and converting design data instead of spending more time on the actual design itself. The right PLM tools and system can be very beneficial.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicleís parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but thatís just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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