What’s Interesting about Next Generation Browsers?

The new generation of web browsers is faster with more features and is more “people” focused than browsers of the past. With the increase of social networking sites on the web, such as twitter, facebook and myspace, browsers such as Flock are integrating the user’s favorite social sites directly into the browser with easy, sometimes one click access. Google Chrome allows users to create desktop shortcuts to web applications, it has a built in element inspector for web developers and it includes a process management utility that allows a user to see what websites are using the most memory or CPU time. The point is that each web browser has its “Claim to fame” as far as features are concerned and a user only needs to do a little research to find what is right for him.
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Did You Realize that EPDM is Multi-CAD?

Enterprise PDM (EPDM) supports more than just your SolidWorks CAD platform. EPDM can handle any file type/extension inside the vault, but there are also Plug Ins and Add Ins for several popular CAD platforms. These integrations to other CAD platforms allow EPDM to successfully manage part, assembly, and drawing relationships as well as Xrefs in the case of AutoCAD. Below you will find a list of supported CAD platforms and integrations.
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Recognizing Engines in Product Data Management

Most look at Product Data Management (PDM) systems and see software for managing/controlling documents, and maybe for performing other useful design/engineering housekeeping functions. When I look at PDM systems, I see collections of intertwined logic engines, connected to each other in meaningful ways to support configuration management practices. I like to break it down like this. Continue Reading

Razorleaf Helps AMF Bowling Score a Strike with SmarTeam

logo-qubica-amf2 Generations of children have stood in wonder on their first trip to a bowling alley, mesmerized by the smooth motion of the automatic pinsetters and the sight of brightly colored balls spinning up the ball return. The technology that makes a bowling alley operate isn’t magic – it just seems that way.

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Behind the scenes AMF Bowling, a division of QubicaAMF , engineers a complex and carefully timed dance of moving parts to be both rugged and precise. AMF designs and fabricates most of the parts it uses and assembles everything from the ball returns to the laminates for the flooring. The pinspotter, for example, includes more than 3,800 different parts, all of which must be engineered to work smoothly without clashing.

Managing such complexity isn’t easy, as Brian Williamson, CAD-PDM Administrator and design engineer with QubicaAMF Worldwide, will be the first to admit. “When I got here four years ago, I think I spent more time trying to locate the designs for the parts in our machines than I did designing new ones,” he says. “CAD files were scattered all over the network and on local drives with very little chance of being found again so they could be reused.”
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Razorleaf Helps Nuclear Power Toolmaker Use PDM Tools to Speed New Product Design

areva.gifUtilities worldwide are engaged in a complex struggle to meet the world’s escalating demand for electricity without increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. The challenge has re-focused attention on nuclear power, enjoying a resurgence as today’s only commercially viable, carbon dioxide-free technology.
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Brush Wellman Gives Nod to Razorleaf

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Joshua Seigley
Application Engineer

“We started working with Razorleaf because its employees have a track record of providing top-notch integration work. Continue Reading

straitPortal Connects SmarTeam and SharePoint

In the past, we have defined SharePoint and talked about how it can facilitate collaboration. We also discussed how SharePoint is not PLM, and most manufacturing companies still need PLM to handle things like CAD file management and BOM management.
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