On 9 September 2021, same as last year, I gave a full day of lectures and workshops on Configuration Management for the Minor Factory of the Future from Avans University of applied sciences at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven (The Netherlands). Coming from about 20 students last year to over 30 students this year. Niek van Weert also wrote a blog post about the day (in Dutch), check it out. This year I requested the students to create a Word Cloud… Read More »What comes to mind when you think about Configuration Management?
I recently was asked if changing the level of traceability of a part requires a new Part number. So going from a Part that is not serialized to a serialized part. Let’s break this down using Form, Fit and Function: Form Serial numbers require a label or marking or an RFID label on the part. It can be that you have a generic label for non-serialized and serialized parts. Hence… Read More »Does changing the traceability of a part require a new part number?
In my previous article, I wrote about Export Control and Machine Learning, where it can be very difficult to determine how Export Rules apply in complex cases like Federated Learning. This series of articles was triggered by the excellent podcast ‘Maintaining the Physics Model within AI & ML’ Pt1 and Pt2 by Arnaud Hubaux from ASML and Max Gravel from IpX and the video from Arnaud on Taming the AI Demon to sustain innovation. This article will explore the question: What is the configuration of… Read More »What is the configuration when the product has an AI?
Arnaud Hubaux from ASML and Max Gravel from IpX talk about ‘Maintaining the Physics Model within AI & ML’ in this excellent 2 part Podcast: Pt1 and Pt2 In another video, Arnaud shares his thoughts on Taming the AI Demon to sustain innovation, where he states that Machine Learning is a commodity. If you want to learn how to be successful in your AI journey, make sure you watch these very intriguing videos! One of the points Arnaud brings up during part… Read More »Export Control and Machine Learning (ML)
Recently I joined a panel discussion with the team of Quick Release on the topic of Configuration Management vs Variant Configuration Management. Thanks to Rob Ferrone and Omid Hosseinitabar for inviting me. One question I found very intriguing, which had to do with Over-the-Air updates and how this relates to CM. Over-the-Air updates are software updates that are sent to the product wirelessly to update the firmware, operating system, or system settings/parameters for instance. This has… Read More »Software Over-the-Air Updates and CM
This post is based on the IpX ConX19 Keynote that I gave together with Martin Haket, remember when we could still do in-person conferences? And it is the prequel to the posts We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! and CM2: the cross-platform standard for impact analysis! Thanks to Max Gravel from IpX who was so kind to let me use his images. James Newman triggered me with his comment on my post ‘Would… Read More »Ignorance is Bliss! (till it isn’t)
Jos Voskuil a.k.a. Virtual Dutchman a.k.a. the PLM Doctor has interviewed me on the topic of PLM and Configuration Management. I will give an answer to the following questions: When discussing Configuration Management, what is the pure definition, what is CM2 as a practice and what is IpX‘s role and please explain where you fit in this picture People are claiming that if you implement PLM as an enterprise backbone, not as an engineering tool,… Read More »Interview by Jos Voskuil: PLM and Configuration Management
Already some time ago (early 2020) the article Has FFF Killed? from Yoann Maingon has generated a lot of discussion, already 100+ comments and counting. It is clear there is a lot of opinions about how to deal with changes to parts, whether parts have revisions or not, and how PLM tools should deal with this. So what better way to start they new year, with a blog post on… Read More »HELP!!! Parts, Documents, Data & Revisions
During my interview with Jennifer Moore from Minerva, Jennifer suggested that it would be interesting to read a post on Configuration Management for Startups. I thought that was an excellent idea, so here it is. For most startups configuration management might not be the first thing on their mind, or even the second or third…. But whether consciously aware about it or not, most if not all startups are dealing with configuration management. This post… Read More »Configuration Management for Startups
Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV
Jennifer Moore from Minerva PLM TV interviewed me recently. We talked about Enterprise Configuration management, CM2, more vs less changes, change faster and document better, the challenges of CM, how to get your CM journey started and more. For me the CM journey started when I was still working at Philips with the book CMII for Business Process Infrastructure by Vincent C. Guess. This book was the reason to invite… Read More »Why CM2 for Faster Change and Better Documentation: an interview by Jennifer Moore for Minerva PLM TV