Posts in category: ‘CAD File Management’

How to Create a Bill of Materials (BOM) for Your ‘Smart Product’

Thanks to the internet and cloud technologies, we live in an increasingly connected world. Technologies we see in the consumer products we buy are just part of this growing trend. There’s a plethora of sensors everywhere we look (and don’t look) monitoring almost anything that can be detected or measured. Mobile devices are an ubiquitous part of our lives, both at home and at work. And of course, there’s the Internet of Things (IoT) which tries to create dependencies between all manner of connected devices. In short, a connected world will have an increasing impact on our choices, behavior, and, yes, how we, as engineers design and manufacture products.

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Throwing more gasoline on the part number debate

There's always a little room to throw a bit more gasoline into the fiery part number debate, the ongoing saga between usable human interfaces and computational perfection (coming to a theater near you this summer). After all, delightful never-ending arguments over part number intelligence don't have to be limited to just part numbers. Turns out we can argue and/or rage about part descriptions too. Are part descriptions a critical delineation amongst a sea of look-alike parts? Or are descriptions otherwise considered to be interesting, but irrelevant, acting only as a hopelessly outdated substitute for classification metadata? Let's explore.

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