Category Archives: manufacturing

How Product Quality Transforms Your Ability to Innovate [Case Study]

Too often, companies are sold on a target price for their product. They want to charge somewhere between what the market is willing to pay and what’s necessary to turn a profit — sometimes at four to five times the manufacturing cost. It’s tempting to take shortcuts in manufacturing and material selection to make more money. But poor quality comes at a cost...

A New Breed Of Innovation

By the mid-1980’s, the American semiconductor industry seemed like it was doomed. Although US firms had pioneered and dominated the technology for decades, they were now getting pummeled by cheaper Japanese imports. Much like cars and electronics, microchips seemed destined to become another symbol of American decline. The dire outlook had serious ramifications for both ...

Succeeding with Outsourcing? Time to Reinvest for Success!

With a hypersensitivity towards profit margins, too often companies justify outsourced manufacturing with lower costs and better-looking accounting numbers. But this cost-cutting craze is at odds with many apparel companies' long-term focus on being or becoming market leaders. While efficiency is important and outsourcing can help to reduce manufacturing costs, these companies can't cut their way to creating the next design trend. Instead...

How to Avoid Design Transfer Failure

Design transfer involves moving an approved design into production. For most product development initiatives, the process of design transfer is complex with many moving parts, involving partners that are geographically widespread. The pharmaceutical and medical devices industries have a long history of design transfer, complete with detailed definitions and procedure guidelines to help steer the design transfer team, and they still run into issues.

Quality, Speed, and Cost: How to achieve all three in Innovation

Quality, Speed, and Cost. Pick Two. A long-standing belief across chemical and industrial product companies is that it’s not possible to rapidly produce low-cost, high-quality products. Many companies dedicate their best manufacturing equipment and people to quickly develop and launch a high-quality product, but these additional resources drive up costs unexpectedly. In other situations, management ...

Material Compliance – It’s Not Just for High Tech Any More

Material Compliance – It’s Not Just for High Tech Any More - Innovation Excellencethe increased integration of technology into jewelry, wearable devices, and even apparel means that Retail, Fashion and Apparel (RFA) companies need to ensure that their products are compliant, too. Here’s what RFA companies need to know about these regulations, and what to look for in a software system to help manage product compliance. Continue reading

Mega Capital Projects and Product Documentation: How PLM Can Help

Mega Capital Projects and Product Documentation: How PLM Can HelpInvestment activity in infrastructure and other major capital projects has regained its upward trend following the 2008 crash. The quantity and scale of mega capital projects is encouraging for the engineering and construction industries. However, recent studies have indicated that despite the growing volume, success rates and the profitability of these projects are flat. Continue reading

Four Reasons to Take a Rapid Prototyping Approach to Your PLM Implementation

Four Reasons to Take a Rapid Prototyping Approach to Your PLM ImplementationMany companies view product lifecycle management (PLM) implementations the same old way they’ve viewed enterprise system implementations (like ERP) for years. As a result, companies tend to follow the same waterfall implementation approach. The waterfall approach, which originates from very structured project methodologies in the manufacturing and construction industries, is a linear and sequential approach to software implementations. Continue reading