Connections tell the Story

In my previous post, ‘Understanding the Impact of Changes‘, I used the analogy of flights, flight plans, gates, control towers to explain how difficult it becomes to manage changes and their dependencies. To address this, CM2 from the Institute for Process Excellence has a solution called the CM2 Baseline or a.k.a. the As Planned/As Released Baseline. And while the SAE-EIA-649C standard for Configuration Management in its latest revision hints at this type… Read More »Connections tell the Story

A discussion about The Future of CM

Just before the end of 2021 Jos Voskuil a.k.a. the Virtual Dutchman organized a discussion about the Future of Configuration Management with Lisa Fenwick from CMstat, Maxime Gravel from Moog and myself.  The focus of the discussion was on the impact of model-based and data-driven approaches. Check out the LinkedIn post or go to the article directly. Don’t forget to also read my own blog post which continues where we left the discussion: Understanding the Impact of Changes. Header picture by Jos Voskuil – source

Understanding the Impact of Changes

Imagine a world in which we do not have air traffic control, we do not have flight plans or track the progress against these flight plans, but we do have all the flights we have pre-covid19 and we only have line of sight. Every 45 seconds, a plane arrives or departs at any given major airport. How would you prevent catastrophic plane crashes in such a world? Probably flying would… Read More »Understanding the Impact of Changes

Next Disruption Please…

This blog post is based on the presentation that I gave during the CIMdata PLM Roadmap PDT Fall 2021.  Are you implementing Model-Based Initiatives and wonder how this will impact your company from an end-to-end perspective? And how will these initiatives impact configuration Management? Let’s look at the disruptions Configuration Management has faced and will face, focusing on Model-Based Initiatives.  Where, from a Configuration Management perspective, a digital file still in many… Read More »Next Disruption Please…

Where does the deliverable begin and where does it end?

Planning of changes in a Model Based Enterprise. Let me first say that I do see the benefits of the Model Based Enterprise (MBE) and that modeling information is also very valuable from a CM perspective. Think of improved impact analysis capabilities to support the expert domain specific and cross expert domain impact analysis as shown in the picture below. (See also the following posts: We need a cross-platform interface for impact analysis! and CM2:… Read More »Where does the deliverable begin and where does it end?

A Glimpse into the future of CM – #3

A Glimpse into the future of CM – #3 Part 3: Types of models from a configuration management perspective. In a Glimpse into the future of CM – Part 1 [1,2] the Industry 4.0 Committee of the Integrated Process Excellence (IPX) Congress concluded that a Model is not the same as a Dataset as defined by CM2. The Industry 4.0 Committee defined a model as: a digital graphical, conceptual, mathematical, logical and/or physical… Read More »A Glimpse into the future of CM – #3

A Glimpse into the future of CM – #2

Part 2: How to structure the various types of models and datasets? It is no secret that product complexity keeps increasing and with that the number of dependencies increases as well. Not only product complexity also supply chain complexity increases. So how can you ensure that all information for a product/platform is captured and structured in such a way that it facilitates the change process efficiently and effectively? It all… Read More »A Glimpse into the future of CM – #2

A Glimpse into the Future of CM

Part 1: How do model-based approaches impact Configuration Management? Have you noticed that the speed of advancements in technology is rapidly increasing? Have you thought about the impact of these advancements to Configuration Management (CM)? To date, the biggest impact to CM was going from paper based document to a digital document, where the document was still recognizable as a document. Now with Industry 4.0 and (Industrial) Internet of Things the drive and… Read More »A Glimpse into the Future of CM

The True Impact of Industry 4.0 Revealed

Industry 4.0 or Industrie 4.0 was introduced by the German government to promote their manufacturing industry and is often used interchangeably with Internet of Things (IOT) or more specifically Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT). When asked in an online survey [1], 70% of the 60 respondents indicated that they knew what Industry 4.0 or the 4th Industrial revolution was. And when asked which Industry 4.0 initiatives their company is working… Read More »The True Impact of Industry 4.0 Revealed

Impact of Additive Manufacturing on CM

Impact of Additive Manufacturing on CM I found a really interesting article being shared on LinkedIn: An Epiphany Of Disruption: GE Additive Chief Explains How 3D Printing Will Upend Manufacturing [1], which I advise you to read if you are interested in the potential of additive manufacturing. It contains the following quote that got me thinking: Within 18 months, the team was able to print half of the machine, reducing 900 separate… Read More »Impact of Additive Manufacturing on CM