Identification

Does changing the traceability of a part require a new part number?

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?

Software Over-the-Air Updates and CM

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

HELP!!! Parts, Documents, Data & Revisions

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

Configuration Management for Startups

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

It’s about Interchangeability and Traceability

It’s about Interchangeability & Traceability On 6 February 2020 Oleg Shilovitsky posted the article: What Should Trigger BOM Revision? Where he wrote:  “The best advice I ever heard is “don’t revise the ship when you revise the toilet seat”. It says all you need to know. But the devil is in details.” AND “To change the upper assembly revision or not, this is a question. The rule I recommend you… Read More »It’s about Interchangeability and Traceability

Re-Identification

Re-Identification In my previous article on Impact analysis, I talked about how important good change impact analysis is and how to facilitate this. One of the critical elements of facilitating a good change impact analysis is Re-identification. Even though the term might suggest this, re-identification is not about changing the ID of an existing item. When you say you need to re-identify an item, basically it means that either the… Read More »Re-Identification