Upchain's PLM model 'promotes innovation rather than remove it'

PLM has to catch up with the way things are now designed and manufactured, with many external ODM's and sub-systems involved. 'The nature of that system is dramatically changing,' Upchain's VP Digital Transformation James White argued in his keynote at the 2019 Design for Manufacturing Summit in Toronto. 'It's getting extremely complex to manage. It requires a lot of collaboration between all the stakeholders.'

'Everything in design and manufacturing is a graph'

'We have had CAD/CAM software, ERP, all of these software systems around for the last thirty years,' developer Paul Reeves said at the London DFM Summit in December, 'and they haven't had as much of an impact on productivity as they could.'

Supplyframe bridging gap between product design, engineering and sourcing

'You want to design with the right parts,' says Supplyframe's head of growth Alex Peron. 'It is not only picking form, fit and fuction that does the job for your prototype. It is also making sure that you are actually going to be able to source these parts.'

GE Ventures interested in 'incorporating blockchain into distributed manufacturing flow'

At last week's DFM Summit in London GE Ventures' Ralph Taylor-Smith discussed recent investments in Xometry, Clearpath and Upskill and provided insight what GE Ventures is looking for in the UK.

Manufacturing Source developing CAD plugins for sourcing

Sam Al-Mukhtar's experience sourcing bespoke parts as a product designer was the seed to develop Manufacturing Source. 'It is a really inefficient way that people go about doing business at the moment.'

'It is a constant in our culture to drive for more efficiency'

Creation Technologies' VAVE Project Manager Diana Ferrari talked about Creation's value engineering and lean six sigma programs at DFM Summit #18 in Toronto. 'What is important is not just getting everybody in the supply chain involved as early as possible, but be really aligned in what the goals are that are gonna make us all successful.'

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