Engineering Change Management with Zesati

Introduction Engineering change management is one of the most critical processes in product engineering and manufacturing organizations. It has a direct impact on the speed with which products are released to the market, efficient inventory management, product safety and product quality. It is also one of the few processes that is truly multi-functional and requires coordination and cooperation between engineering, manufacturing quality, logistics and supply chain. Finally, engineering change management also happens to be one of the processes that is regulated (often through quality standards such as ISO 9000, QS 9000, FDA gMP, etc.) to obtain predictable and traceable results. Considering that most companies have geographically distributed groups for engineering and manufacturing and often have suppliers and customers that are geographically separated from engineering and manufacturing, the complexity of effective coordination of engineering change management processes tends to be quite high. Additionally, the engineering change process needs to be integrated with design processes (controlled by CAD/CAE/PDM systems) on one end and manufacturing/logistics/supply chain...
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The Simplest and Best Approach to Connect PTC Windchill and SAP

PTC Windchill is one of the most popular product lifecycle management (PLM) system for managing associative file-based design data (PTC Creo and others) as well as related design and engineering  processes. Because Windchill and other PLM systems are tightly integrated with authoring systems, some times they impose constraints that make it hard to support collaborative and ad-hoc processes related to cross-functional engineering and manufacturing changes, quality management and continuous improvement programs within the company and the supply chain. Problem Statement The business problem that is evident is that product and manufacturing organizations need to take the product information that is created by design engineers and transform it to create a multi-functional product information for manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, quality and sourcing and release it to other groups within the organization and supply chain as well as populate ERP, Supply Chain Planning, Manufacturing Execution and Supply Chain Collaboration systems. The same data is also used to coordinate other ad-hoc manufacturing, quality and supply chain processes. One of the core use cases of Zesati is to serve as the...
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