Recipe Manager 2020 Infomercial / How Can PLM Help my Business?

PLM411 takes a funny look at how today's poor processes and tools manage manufacturers' BOMs, the "recipe" for their products, by introducing the "Recipe Manager 2020." After the informercial, Tech-Clarity President Jim Brown and Autodesk PLM360 Director Ron Locklin have a more serious discussion on how PLM can help manufacturers accelerate product development and reduce cost.

Speaker: Do you forget to put the cinnamon on your snickerdoodles? Put too many eggs in your pancakes? Eliminate these mistakes with the Recipe Manager 2020 from PLM 411. Simply store recipes on these convenient forms. You’ll always know the right ingredients, include notes about production with the process instructions tool. No more mistakes while baking. Share a picture with a special graphic attachment tool. Everyone will see what a treat they’re in for. It’s even a snap to make changes with the optional redlining tool. Never use the wrong version again.

Reusing your recipe? That’s a piece of cake with the easy cloning capability. Working with others is also a snap, too. Just share part of the recipe to clearly communicate their role and responsibilities. You can even close the loop by sending innovative suggestions to the master chef. Your valuable feedback will never be lost again.

This may look ridiculous, but many manufacturers manage their product recipes, their bills of material, and other critical product data using manual methods almost this ineffective. Watch PLM 411 to learn a better way to manage product data and processes.

Jim Brown: Hi and welcome to PLM 411 where we give you straight talk about how manufacturers can accelerate new product innovation and development. Today, I’m with Ron Locklin of Autodesk. He’s the director responsible for the PLM360 product.

Ron Locklin: Hi, Jim.

Jim: How are you doing?

Ron: Good.

Jim: Good. We’re going to talk about why companies should care about PLM. A lot of companies have heard about PLM, they may know a little bit about it, but they may not know is it right for them or exactly what it can do for them. So maybe I’ll just post a question, why should somebody care about PLM?

Ron: Great. The answer is really the same for whether the company is large or small but there’s two fundamental reasons, it all boils down to two things. One is it’ll give a company insight into the product, in the product innovation cycle; and second of all, it will save them money. Maybe through reducing scrap, maybe through being more rapid to market. Boils down to those two things.

Jim: Yes, and it actually matches up a lot with the research that I’ve done over a number of years now. Really seeing PLM driving top line improvements to businesses through time to market innovation, but also taking cost out of the product development process as well as taking cost at products even. So they’re very good. Maybe we can talk a little bit about what are some of the problems that companies tend to solve with PLM when they talk to you. What are they looking to fix?

Ron: Right. There’s a lot of different areas that PLM can address, PLM can work in, but what we found is fundamentally, it revolves around the bill of materials, the recipe for a product or a product design. And what PLM does is, if you start with this recipe of a product, you get control of the product, of its components, and of the processes around that, and you build off that very closely related to the recipe for the product, the bill of materials. You have the engineering change or process if something fails, if there’s a change in the design, if you switch a supplier for example, you have an engineering change order. And you have to do this efficiently and you have to do it accurately, otherwise you lose money.

Jim: Yes, absolutely. And it’s not just money, it’s time. That’s one of the things I had to study on engineering change and one of the big things that happens is, you also disappoint your customers but you don’t get the changes out as quickly, so you don&rs

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