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PDM: the essential technology for concurrent engineering

Bill Gascoigne (Vice President and General Manager, European Operations, with SDRC. He has over 20 years′ experience in the CAD/CAM industry and has held senior positions with Applicon and Schlumberger, including Vice President, Worldwide Strategic Marketing. Can be contacted at Software Products Marketing Division, SDRC UK Ltd, Milford House, Priory End, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9AL. Tel: 01462 440222; Fax: 01462 440522.)

World Class Design to Manufacture

ISSN: 1352-3074

Article publication date: 1 February 1995



Concurrent engineering was heralded as the new panacea for manufacturing in the 1990s. The complexity of implementing the process through an organization has proved to be a major obstacle in achieving anticipated results: implementing it is a painful process in which a complete top to bottom understanding of an organization′s processes is needed. There are few organizations who understand their own dynamics. For concurrent engineering to be successful, cross‐functional design teams, along with their associated data, must be brought together. PDM assists in implementing a concurrent engineering strategy successfully because a PDM system provides the mechanism to capture and enforce a specific product development process consistently according to the way a company does business. Global companies which have already invested in PDM technology include: Xerox, Texas Instruments, Groupe Schneider, Honeywell, and General Electric.



Gascoigne, B. (1995), "PDM: the essential technology for concurrent engineering", World Class Design to Manufacture, Vol. 2 No. 1, pp. 38-42.




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