Where Does PLM Fit in Digital Transformation? | Design News


Where does PLM fit in digital transformation? You might think that’s a strange question in view of all the talk about digital transformation. You may think that surely everybody knows the answer. I’m not so sure.

.. only about 1.2% of the (Google) results for “digital transformation” also include “product lifecycle management.”

In other words, about 99% of what’s written about digital transformation doesn’t mention PLM. One reason that people may not know where PLM fits in digital transformation is because PLM gets swamped by everything else.

Another reason that people may not be sure where PLM fits in digital transformation is that there doesn’t seem to be an agreed definition of digital transformation.

With so much information, and so many definitions, it’s not surprising that many people wonder where PLM fits in digital transformation.

Part of the problem with the information about digital transformation is that it seems to be at four levels. The first two aren’t particularly interesting for PLM.

Source: Where Does PLM Fit in Digital Transformation? | Design News

Microbots Use Magnetism to Send Nanoparticles to Tumors | Design News


Researchers are finding nanotechnology particularly useful in medicine, where they are creating tiny devices that can enter the human body and perform tasks that previously were invasive or less effective than they could be.

One of these is targeted drug delivery to places in the body—such as cancerous tumors—that need healing. This is the area of focus for new research from MIT, where engineers have designed tiny robots that can help drug-delivery nanoparticles push their way directly into a tumor or another disease site, they said.

One of the biggest challenges researchers have faced in delivering drugs using nanoparticles has been to get the particles to exit blood vessels and assemble in the right place to perform their appointed tasks.

The magnetic microrobots developed by the MIT team—which were inspired by bacterial propulsion—could help researchers overcome this challenge, they said.

Source: Microbots Use Magnetism to Send Nanoparticles to Tumors | Design News

Simulation Technique Optimizes Car Part Design


Researchers in Japan have developed a new simulation technique that may improve how car doors and other automotive parts are made.

A team from Kanazawa University have simulated the industrial process for stamping features into metal sheets without causing the sheets to tear, twist or bend, while optimizing the stamping press and reducing the costs of physically trialing designs.

The new simulation technique reduces the twisting of metal sheets by optimizing the shape of the blank shape or stamping stencil, while minimizing the tearing and wrinkling of the metal sheet by using variable blank holder force (VBHF) trajectory that the blank holder force (BHF) varies through the stroke.

Source: Simulation Technique Optimizes Car Part Design

Do More With Less: Three Ways to Win With Your Website Translation


The online business-to-business world in the manufacturing sector is increasingly content-driven, and arguably more global in nature than it’s ever been.

No matter where in the world your business is headquartered, you may be considering how you can serve new customers in international markets. But translating your entire website to serve a worldwide marketplace seems like a daunting—and expensive—proposition.

With most B2B buyers getting more than halfway through their buying process before meeting with a sales representative, and much of that informed by online content, a translated website isn’t just a “nice to have” anymore, it’s a necessity.

The good news is that today’s approaches to website translation are as modern as the businesses they serve. And it’s possible to build a global website that drives demand for your business while also working within the lean budgets that are all too familiar for today’s B2B companies.

Source: Do More With Less: Three Ways to Win With Your Website Translation

Water Spiders on the Production Floor


Manufacturing challenges in 2019 center around four key areas: speed, efficiency, demand and labor. The labor force is dwindling, yet demand and pressure have never been stronger. To increase efficiency while maintaining speed and accuracy, supervisors on the manufacturing floor need to get creative with tools and tactics. One way to improve efficiency is through the implementation of a water spider.

This water spider is not an aquatic insect, but rather a role on the manufacturing floor responsible for keeping workstations stocked and replenished across the production line.

A quality water spider will provide tools and resources to each assembler on the floor, so they can keep production moving in an efficient manner.

A successful water spider frees up other employees to focus on their specific tasks without having to stop work to walk back and forth to replenish equipment or materials.

Every wasted step on the manufacturing floor reduces efficiency. The water spider ensures non-value-added activity is limited

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Eurobites: EU Must Pull Its 5G Finger Out, Says Ericsson’s Ekholm | Light Reading

Ericsson boss Börje Ekholm has warned political and business leaders that European governments and regulators need to quit stalling and act faster to remove barriers in the way of a speedy and effective 5G rollout. Speaking at a conference in Paris, Ekholm said: “We can’t afford to have our enterprises and entrepreneurs innovating on infrastructure that isn’t built for the future. 5G and digitalization must be viewed as a critical part of European national infrastructures — just as vital as trains and ports.”

He contrasted Europe’s feet-dragging approach with that of China and the US, which he said have a better “mindset” when it comes to the importance of 5G.

He also had a dig at governments treating spectrum auctions as a cashpoint machine, saying that “today a spectrum auction is deemed a success if it raises the maximum amount of money for the tax income of the government,” whereas they should be factoring in “all the other benefits you would get from rapidly building out the telecom infrastructure.”

(See Italy’s $7.6B 5G Bonanza Puts Telcos on the Rack and German 5G Bids Top €2B, But It’s Too Soon to Panic.)

Source: Eurobites: EU Must Pull Its 5G Finger Out, Says Ericsson’s Ekholm | Light Reading

Huawei vs. Trump & the Casualties of War | Light Reading


For several weeks Huawei’s representatives have been telling journalists the worst of the storm has passed, as European governments and operators have resisted the US campaign against the controversial Chinese vendor.

That all changed in a heartbeat this week.

Frustrated by efforts to get Huawei banned by US allies, President Donald Trump and his team have gone straight for the jugular. Announced on May 15, Trump’s executive order regarding the technology threat posed by “foreign adversaries” has been viewed unanimously as the latest strike on Huawei.

But the unintended casualties may include US companies and foreign allies.

Source: Huawei vs. Trump & the Casualties of War | Light Reading

EDA Vendors Spread Wings as Market Softens | EE Times


A long, slow march by EDA’s three largest vendors to diversify their businesses is coming into sharper focus, even as the EDA market softens after nearly three years of growth.

Market leader Synopsys has for several years been making inroads into the market for software security and software tools, snapping up more than 10 firms in this arena, from the acquisition of Coverity in 2014 to the acquisition of Black Duck Software in 2017.

Cadence has been broadening its reach into the embedded software space, as evidenced by a strategic partnership with Green Hills Software in February that included Cadence taking a 16% stake in the firm.

Mentor Graphics, meanwhile, has long been considered the most broadline supplier of EDA’s “Big Three,” with strength in chip design tools as well as PCB design and embedded software.

Since its acquisition by Siemens in 2017, Mentor has also increased its integrations with Siemens PLM’s mechanical design tools and automotive products.

Source: EDA Vendors Spread Wings as Market Softens | EE Times

12 Revolutionary Tech Concepts Capturing NASA Dollars | EE Times


NASA is counting on aerospace engineers to innovate in ways that bring science fiction into current (or at least near-future) reality.  Through its NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, it has identified early-stage technologies that are radically better or entirely new. NASA is betting that these nascent ideas from American entrepreneurs may lead to new possibilities in space with a little bit of support.

“Our NIAC program nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions by investing in revolutionary technologies,” said Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. “We look to America’s innovators to help us push the boundaries of space exploration with new technology.”

Source: 12 Revolutionary Tech Concepts Capturing NASA Dollars | EE Times

The Wrong National Emergency | EE Times


If there’s an emergency, it’s the Executive Order itself.

On Wednesday the President of the United States formally declared a national emergency “with respect to the threats against information and communications technology and services in the United States.”

The Executive Order “delegates authority to the Secretary of Commerce to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States or the security and safety of United States persons.”

The President neither stated what the emergency was, nor intimated what it might be.

The prevailing interpretation is that the President wants the option to void any business Huawei might do in the US.

Source: The Wrong National Emergency | EE Times