After hearing about how and why the closed loop capabilities of a PLM system are so important for the better part of a decade, it's nice to see that vendors like PTC are finally putting their money where their mouths are. By extending PLM suites to incorporate modules that will allow for critical information about the product's performance in the field as well as as-maintained data to be fed directly back into the product system of record, engineers will have an even richer set of information to draw from, which improves their ability to optimize future designs.
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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