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Mike Lamora is an Enterprise Solutions Manager at Alignex, Inc. For more than two decades Mike has been helping customers improve their productivity across their enterprise. When he’s not hard at work, he enjoys spending his free time researching the latest gadgets and technology.

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Streamline Development with Rules-Based Design Automation

Mike Lamora on March 24, 2015 at 3:05 PM

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In today’s competitive landscape our customers are faced with many challenges that affect the organization's profit margin. Some of those challenges include increased engineering and manufacturing costs, pressures to offer customization of standard products and bottlenecks in engineering. The old adage of "throwing more bodies" at a project is just not feasible anymore.

We often talk about how to get your products to market faster than your competition. At Alignex, we have many tools to help with your product development process for new product development. A topic I want to introduce to you today is design automation. In a past SOLIDWORKS poll, 65% of responders said that a majority of their designs are based on previous designs.

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Product Data Management (PDM): What, Who, Why, When?

Mike Lamora on March 3, 2015 at 1:30 PM

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I meet with at least one or two customers a week in regard to Product Data Management. Each customer has unique goals or challenges important to them, but some of the recurring topics I hear on a weekly basis include:

  • Control - Engineering information is time consuming to manage (interrelationships, large data sets, etc.)
  • Productivity - Finding the right information quickly.
  • Error Elimination - Reducing manufacturing waste, working on the latest revision.
  • Enterprise Connectivity - Sharing information with other business systems (ERP/MRP).
  • Collaboration - Communicating information to suppliers/customers.
  • Certification - Assisting with standardizing processes (FDA/ISO/FAA/TQM).
  • Compliance - Helping ensure data security (ITAR, etc.).

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