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Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Data Management

Streamline your most critical asset-Data

We are no longer a society of paper trails. In this modern age, online tracking systems are the most efficient forms of keeping and storing data. Our computers and phones integrate into our entire lives from tracking calories to counting steps, keeping schedules to entering and storing of personal banking information.

 Everything is trackable, manageable, easily accessible, and shareable through every computerized device we own. Companies should have the same capability. The ability to access data from any device, anywhere in the company, from any location.

The information should be accurate, easily attainable, and reliable with the capacity to share information with co-workers and business partners outside of your company firewall in a safe and secure environment.

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In a world of fierce competition, it is important the data you have collected will be used to its utmost capability. CAD data management is easy to install, easy to use, and easy maintenance. Information confined to only the functional teams or workflow processes does not accommodate collaboration or projects with a shorter timeline.

CAD data management is vital in managing product design and helps with the downstream processes like collaboration, reviews and releasing to production in time to meet deadlines. Managing these processes are key components in increasing a high level of productivity and efficiency in launching them quickly.

 CAD data management includes:

  • Knowing where a part belongs and how it is used at any time or at any location
  • Designers are kept up to date, empowering them to access the data they need in seconds
  • Preventing accidental overwrite of CAD data
  • Complete control over who works with the data

CAD data contains CAD models like drawings and bills of materials. It encompasses other CAD information like specifications, calculations, production notes (NC programs), routings, and assembly information.

Avoiding the nightmare

The biggest problem for businesses using a manual documenting method is after it has passed through several channels, the information is lacking. Software forms like CAD data management fill in those gaps by creating, modifying, analyzing, and optimizing the documentation process.

 CAD models and all related data documentations capture a complete product knowledge of the company, its design and its engineering knowledge.

Businesses can make better decisions about product development, management, design, and production with greater visibility. Personnel can collaborate on projects with anyone from anywhere within the company no matter the location including easily sharing information with business partners outside the company.

No Need to Hire an Entire IT Team

The modern data software is deliverable online and takes advantage of the cloud. The cloud enables openings for delivery of applications with no installation or deployment time meaning there is no need to hire a full out IT team to implement it.

CAD data management can use the cloud to create a secure back up for storing sensitive data and can be accessed virtually anywhere and everywhere needed. The use of the cloud allows integration and commenting on models without needing to download anything or having a CAD seat.

 All the data can be made available online or “on perm” to be used in other applications. All done without hiring the resources of an entire IT team.

How to Take Control of the Data

Educate your employees on how to use the system. CAD data management works and is successful when properly and consistently used by the employees. Many companies are using CAD solutions to help speed up the process of creating high-quality products and getting them on the market rapidly.

 The amount of documentation within a company dictates the need for developers to implement a system that will help manage their data. CAD solutions are for that purpose.

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Training is Key

Companies that train their employees on using the system increasing their CAD skills improve productivity. Effective management of CAD data encompasses the entire business. Below are guidelines to follow to specifically ensure success.

  • Understand the relationship between the data. How does the data interact with each other? Use a data management solution with central file storage to track where it’s used and where the content can be automatically viewed by others.
  • Control file access. Create a check-in and check-out procedure that restricts revision to one user at a time. Keep a running log of operations performed on every file. Redundant work is avoided, and a knowledge of the users is always available.
  • Administer overwrite protection. Changes made by one user cannot be overwritten by another. This ensures projects are documented correctly for future team users.
  • Don’t change what works. Search for current data management systems that can be reused before implementing a new design.

Does your data work for you?

CAD data management is the best way to efficiently handle technically sophisticated products; ensuring a short period in launching to market. CAD data management makes the flow of information readily available across the enterprise.

Product lifecycles and its management cross departments and company lines. It all begins with CAD data management. This simple system gives a company the ability to store and retrieve a company’s most critical asset – it’s data.

Successful CAD data management means you must properly use it for it to work. Data doesn’t enter itself, everyone must be on board to reap the benefits. CAD data management will increase your company’s productivity improves efficiency, and collaboration streamlining processes and

How does your company manage its data? Share In the comments.

Hypersonic Weapons – The Race is On

(A&D) Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing

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Weapons and aircraft that travel faster than the speed of light have been portrayed in movies like “The X-Men” and “The Avengers” for years. It was only a matter of time before they became a reality. Hypersonic weapons are no longer a thing of the future.  

The Pentagon has invested millions upon millions of dollars into the Aerospace and Defense Industry for the design, development, and manufacturing of advanced aircraft, space systems, and defense weapons. The industry supplies our nation’s defense systems in the air, on land, and the sea.

The U.S. depends on the (A&D) industry to keep our country safe; to keep us safe. But producing aircraft and weapons for our military to handle the rise of the hypersonic era has been lacking because of no fault of their own.

With all this talent and the millions spent on defense, the Pentagon has fallen short in providing the Aerospace and Defense industry what they need to begin building new-generation weapons in order to keep up with our overseas rivals. The (A&D) industry is well equipped to compete with this hypersonic technology game-changer but the Pentagon needs to get on board. 

The Hypersonic Weapons Race

The Pentagon has admitted to “dropping the ball” when it comes to the development of the hypersonic weapon. This technology will basically make the U.S. military defenses useless. Hypersonic weapons can move up to 5 times the speed of light with a high level of maneuverability, rendering traditional military resources such as tanks, aircraft, and amphibious assault vessels obsolete.

Part of the issue is The Pentagon Missile Defense Agency has had a major shortfall in its defense budget for anti-hypersonic research. Funding for 2020 should be in the billions and not the millions. Apparently, there are also difficulties in the American system which creates problems that extend beyond the Pentagon.

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There are lingering gaps in relationships between the National Defense Industrial Association and defense contractors. Washington has failed in coming together for the common goal of creating a strategy to counter the enemies’ first strike. The (A&D) industry is quite capable of handling these challenges but will need the cooperation of all to get the ball rolling.

Rival nations like Russia and China have devoted billions of dollars, kept up with the research and development and now have the advantage over the Pentagon in this hypersonic weapons race. The U.S. is not prepared for what is happening in the world of defense in the 21st century.

Is the U.S. in Trouble?

Russia boasts about having a fully functional hypersonic nuclear missile at its disposal while China is a little more discreet but is an even greater threat. China is more covert, by studying American research and copying what works, they are using their partnerships between businesses and governments to run circles around the U.S.

China is more organized and has a top-bottom approach to their research which makes it easy for all parties to work together and share information. On the flip side, Washington house leaders agree there needs to be better cooperation, communication, and more funding.

The Pentagon acknowledges there are challenges. Unlike China, U.S. industry leaders, scientific researchers, and the defense department have much less direct collaboration. Closing this divide is critical but is proving to be difficult.

The (A&D) Industry is more than Prepared

The Aerospace and Defense industry is more than capable of handling the intense demands of creating and producing the means needed to protect this country. They have the tools and skills to keep up with our overseas rivals. The tools used are agile and responsive to meet the needs of an ever-changing defense system.

Programs like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) are built with specific capabilities that allow them to implement product designs, control program management, and manufacture production while staying within compliance regulations.

(ERP) software is cloud-based giving the (A&D) industry more efficiency and security with built-in support for global operations. This type of software allows tailoring to fit the sophisticated designs needed for our defense weapons and military transportations.

It can build on the existing infostructure for an industry with business-specific solutions. The program is scalable, cost-efficient and helps sustain competitive differentiation. (ERP) software programs are ideal for contract management, work and organization breakdowns, and path analysis.

The use of software that gives greater visibility and collaboration bridges the gap between departments/divisions making processes seamless, less time consuming and virtually error-free. This accelerates the time it takes to get a product on the market.

The (A&D) industry is ready and capable of getting the U.S. defenses prepared to compete with the hypersonic weapons age, therefore, the lack is not with the industry but with the politicians and the Pentagon.

The U.S. has lost its edge

Difficulties within the American system have taken a toll on the U.S. defenses. There seems to be no real collaboration on finding a solution to coordinate its efforts for the good of the country. The Democratic House majority tried creating a National Defense Authorization Act.

This policy would produce a national joint Hypersonic Transitions office to synchronize hypersonic activities across each of its government branches, but a Senate version of defense policy and spending bill does not have a need for such an office.

House leaders do agree on one thing, there needs to be better collaboration between all the levels involved. The growing fear of a Cold-War era is quickly becoming a possible reality and the U.S shows little indication of implementing a system to counter it.

The hypersonic weapons race is on and the Pentagon is lagging. The current recourse is to persuade our rival countries leaders to reach an agreement limiting usage of hypersonic missiles, but the outcome looks grim. Russia and China show no real interest in adopting such an agreement.

Discussions will continue to happen among military, academic, and industry leaders regarding hypersonic technologies but no counter defense system has been implemented.

What are your thoughts on the U.S. losing its defense edge? Share your comments.

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(ERP) Enterprise Resource Planning

Is ERP right for your business?

Selecting the right software is the first line of defense to optimizing your business performance. The process of choosing the right system can be daunting but if a few simple steps are followed, it can be the difference between your business working for you and you work for your business. There are numerous benefits to having a system that can handle all aspects of the business.

Management may feel a new system is needed because of performance issues or “bugs” reported with using your current system. This isn’t always true, the problem could be user error, not a system error.

A flawed system usually isn’t always the fault of the system but poor training, broken business processes, or poor implementation. The importance of looking within your current business processes will offer the perfect insight to know if ERP is right for your business.

(ERP) Enterprise Resource Planning

(ERP) Enterprise Resource Planning is a cloud-based system that integrates various business functions and departments into one system. This is a one-stop-shop that will streamline your businesses’ essential functions and information across the organization. Employees within different departments or divisions receive the same information across the board.

(ERP) offers synchronized reporting and automation allowing employees to pull from one source instead of having to search for what is needed within multiple channels. The essentials of your business such as inventory, order management, accounting, human resources, and (CRM) customer relationship management become effortless.

Each piece will flow into the next phase without so much as a hiccup. Sales orders do not have to be re-keyed but will stream directly into the finance system. It gives the order management department the ability to process orders accurately and faster and permits the finance department to close the books quicker.

(ERP) contains central features that share a database, support multiple functions, and are used by different business units giving the same information to each department. No more re-keying or having important bits of information getting lost along the way. It contains a portal or dashboard for a quicker understanding of the business performance on key metrics.

A cloud-based system ensures efficiency, gives built-in support for global operations, has top security functions, and is cost-saving. (ERP) allows greater efficiency which increases profitability. More control over your business processes means more success for your business.

Selecting the right (ERP) system

(ERP) is not a one-size-fits-all system. It is specifically built for each business’s needs. It is a scalable business-specific solution. The same as your business is specific to the needs of your customers, (ERP) Enterprise Resource Planning software is specific to the needs of the company. Detailed planning is critical when selecting the right system for your business.

Some steps to consider:

  • Don’t automatically assume a new system is needed. Become familiar with your current business strategy or processes. If you find flaws within your strategy, then implementing a new system will be useless. A simple solution could be to just upgrade the current system. Sometimes upgrading can provide immediate improvement.
  • Concentrate on business process management. End-users may feel the current system doesn’t work properly but it may only be a lack of training. Incorporate more training for your employees. This is an easier and more cost-efficient way of fixing frustrating problems encountered by its users.
  • Take into consideration multiple criteria. Collect requirements from each location or business unit and comprise a list of consistent needs for all, then make a list of unique functions each location harbors. Once the list is made prioritize based on business values. Things to also consider are organization alignment, technical fit, IT strategy, and cost.
  • Make your expectations realistic. A new (ERP) system will support your business for up to a decade. You need to develop a plan which includes your business process design, configuration, and a customized end-user training program. The plan should include constant communication, on-going training programs, all your organization elements, and a risk management plan.
  • Hire an independent consultant. Your consultant will be there to answer all questions and focus solely on your business needs.

Implementation is basic and critical

Implementing an (ERP) system carries basic but critical phases. Execution is key. An imperfect implementation will cause issues that could have been avoided. The structure, depending on the methodology of the project comprises of six or fewer phases. A high-level system includes planning, design, build test, deployment, and optimization. General questions to ask and answer that will help in selecting the best system for your business include:

  1. How are your business requirements different from your competitors?
  2. How much time and money will it take to implement as a business solution and not just a software program?
  3. What exactly are you wanting to accomplish with an (ERP) solution?

Take into consideration the system can build on the existing infostructure of the organization to sustain its competitive edge. The system will strengthen customer responsiveness and services, give greater visibility to key operational information, streamline the menu process, increase supply chain integration, accelerate your time to market, improve sourcing, and expand service and repair.

This scalable solution will meet enterprise-wide challenges faster and with more cost-efficiency, optimizing your business to perform at its highest level.

Get your ducks in a row

Make sure your management team is on board. This is where communication plays a significant role. Once everyone is on board the process can begin.

Have realistic time frames and expectations. Be clear on how long the process will take from planning to deployment. Create milestones and keep up with them. Set goals and stick with them. This will ensure you keep your “go-live” date.

How well does your current system work for you? Share in comments.

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