Stay Sharp with Razorleaf

Razorleaf Corp.

Welcome to 'Stay Sharp with Razorleaf,' the ultimate podcast for all things digital in the manufacturing industry. Join us as we take a deep dive into the multifaceted world of digital transformation, exploring topics such as the digital thread, digital twins, IDEs, model-based strategies and delving into the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies like PLM, MES, Integration, and more. Our expert hosts, Jonathan Scott, Jen Ferello, and Eric Doubell, will be your guides, providing valuable insights, captivating interviews, and the latest industry updates to ensure you remain at the forefront of the ever-evolving digital landscape. Whether you're a technology enthusiast, a business leader, or simply curious about the digital realm in manufacturing, this podcast is your essential resource for staying sharp and well-informed.

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#36: ERP vs. PLM: What Comes First?
6d ago
#36: ERP vs. PLM: What Comes First?
In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, our hosts Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott engage in a thought-provoking discussion with Pieter Nevelsteen about the complexities of implementing PLM and ERP systems in digital transformation initiatives. They explore the challenges of deciding which system to implement first, the importance of enterprise architecture, and the critical role of people in driving successful outcomes.Episode Highlights:Understanding Product Architecture: Pieter Nevelsteen emphasizes the importance of defining product architecture early in the digital transformation process and the challenges of managing product complexity.The Interplay Between PLM and ERP: The conversation delves into the evolving role of ERP systems, including PLM functionality, and the challenges of effectively integrating PLM and ERP systems.Enterprise Architecture and Process Planning: The hosts discuss the role of enterprise architecture in guiding system implementations and the need for effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders.Challenges and Opportunities: Pieter Nevelsteen shares insights into implementing PLM and ERP systems and the opportunities for overcoming these challenges through careful assessment of company needs and long-term goals.Key Takeaways:Understanding the value and complexity of digital transformation in managing product complexity.Strategies for overcoming challenges in integrating PLM and ERP systems effectively.The importance of enterprise architecture and process planning in guiding system implementations.Guest: Pieter Nevelsteen, a Razorleaf colleague from The Netherlands office, and an industry expert with extensive experience in PLM and ERP system implementations.Stay connected with Stay Sharp with Razorleaf by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform and following us on social media. Share your feedback and join the conversation!For questions or comments, email us at podcast@razorleaf.com.Thank you for tuning in to this insightful episode on ERP vs. PLM in digital transformation. Until next time, stay sharp!Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
#35: Model Based Challenges in Manufacturing with Jeff Gleeson Part 2
Jun 4 2024
#35: Model Based Challenges in Manufacturing with Jeff Gleeson Part 2
In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we continue our enlightening conversation with Jeff Gleeson, who spent 33 years in production at Lockheed Martin before founding his consulting company, DMEAC. Jeff delves deeper into the technology and process challenges he faced during digital transformation initiatives and the application of model based strategies in manufacturing. Join our hosts, Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott, as they explore the complexities and opportunities of adopting a model based approach.Episode Highlights:Exploring Digital Transformation:Jeff Gleeson shares his experiences at Lockheed Martin and the challenges encountered during digital transformation.Insights into the integration of model based strategies within production environments.Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) Challenges:Discussion on the hurdles of implementing MBE in legacy systems and the amalgamation of different toolsets and processes.The importance of clean sheet programs and how they differ from retrofitting legacy systems.Addressing Process and Technology Challenges:Identifying key technology challenges such as interoperability between tools and integration of business platforms.Real-world examples of successful and challenging integrations of PLM and MES systems.The role of process planning in digital transformation and the complexities of managing hybrid environments.Key Takeaways:Understanding the value and complexity of digital transformation in manufacturing.Strategies for overcoming challenges in implementing model-based enterprise methodologies.The significance of process planning and system integration in achieving successful digital transformation.Jeff Gleeson, founder of DMEAC, has over three decades of experience in production at Lockheed Martin. He offers a unique perspective on the application of model based strategies and the challenges of digital transformation in large manufacturing enterprises.Stay connected with Stay Sharp with Razorleaf by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform and following us on social media. Share your feedback and join the conversation!For questions or comments, email us at podcast@razorleaf.com.Thank you for tuning in to this insightful episode on Model Based Enterprise challenges in manufacturing. Until next time, stay sharp!Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
#34: Models Beyond Engineering with Jennifer Herron
May 28 2024
#34: Models Beyond Engineering with Jennifer Herron
In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we explore the transformative power of Model Based Definition (MBD) and its role in Model Based Engineering (MBE) and Digital Transformation within the manufacturing industry. Join our hosts, Jen Ferello and Jonathan Scott, as they sit down with Jennifer Herron, CEO of Action Engineering, to discuss the importance of MBD in modern manufacturing processes and how these models extend beyond traditional engineering roles.Episode Highlights:Introduction to Model Based Definition (MBD):Jennifer Herron explains the core principles of MBD and how it differs from traditional 2D drawings.The significance of annotated CAD models and their application throughout the enterprise.The Role of Model Based Engineering (MBE):A discussion on how MBE integrates with MBD to streamline engineering and manufacturing workflows.Real-world examples of MBE in action, highlighting its impact on efficiency and innovation.Driving Digital Transformation in Manufacturing:Insights into the mindset shift required for successful digital transformation.The challenges and benefits of adopting a digital thread approach across the enterprise.How digital metrology tools and data exchange standards are enhancing connectivity and traceability.Key Takeaways:Understanding the value of robust source data in CAD models and its downstream applications.The importance of cross-functional teams and collaboration in achieving MBD and MBE goals.Practical advice for organizations looking to start or advance their digital transformation journey.Jennifer Herron is the CEO of Action Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in 3D data transformation. With extensive experience in model based strategies, Jennifer is a leading expert in MBD and MBE. She shares her insights on the evolution of these methodologies and their future in the manufacturing sector.Stay connected with Stay Sharp with Razorleaf by subscribing on your favorite podcast platform and following us on social media. Share your feedback and join the conversation!For questions or comments, email us at podcast@razorleaf.com.Thank you for tuning in to this insightful episode on Model Based Definition, Model Based Engineering, and Digital Transformation. Until next time, stay sharp!Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
#33: Model Based Challenges in Manufacturing: Jeff Gleeson
May 21 2024
#33: Model Based Challenges in Manufacturing: Jeff Gleeson
In this episode of "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," hosts Jen and Jonathan delve into the intricate world of model-based enterprises (MBE) with aerospace manufacturing veteran Jeff Gleeson. With over three decades at Lockheed Martin and now leading his consultancy, DMEAC, Jeff offers unparalleled insights into the transition challenges from traditional to model-based approaches in manufacturing.Episode Highlights:Jeff Gleeson shares his extensive background in aerospace manufacturing, emphasizing his unique perspective coming from production operations rather than engineering or IT.The discussion covers the definition and significance of a model-based enterprise, highlighting the shift from siloed operations to integrated, model-driven processes across organizational domains.Jeff points out the often-underestimated role of metadata in enriching 3D CAD models, turning them into comprehensive digital definitions that drive manufacturing efficiency.A significant part of the conversation is dedicated to the cultural and mindset shifts required for organizations to successfully adopt MBE, stressing the need for an expansive understanding of what constitutes a 'model' in this context.The challenges of implementing change within organizations, especially overcoming inertia and resistance from those accustomed to traditional methods, are explored.Jeff and the hosts discuss the political dynamics and 'religion' of software and process choices within companies, noting that these can often be the most significant barriers to transformation.Notable Quote:"It's always people. People are always the hard part." - Jeff GleesonJeff Gleeson's insights into model-based enterprises not only shed light on the technical and operational shifts required but also, crucially, on the human elements of change management in manufacturing settings. His experiences illustrate the deep-seated challenges of altering organizational culture and workflows but also underscore the critical importance of persistence and strategic thinking in achieving successful digital transformation.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
32: What is Model Based Systems Engineering?
May 14 2024
32: What is Model Based Systems Engineering?
Welcome to Episode 32 of "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," where we explore the burgeoning field of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) and its transformative impact on digital and manufacturing landscapes.Join us as hosts Jen and Jonathan Scott delve into the intricacies of MBSE, distinguishing it from related concepts and discussing its role in integrating multiple engineering disciplines.In This Episode:Understanding MBSE: Jonathan provides a comprehensive breakdown of what MBSE entails, highlighting its differences from Model Based Enterprise (MBE). MBSE involves using data and models rather than documents and tables, which helps in structuring systems engineering more effectively.The "Systems Engineering V": Explore the concept of the "Systems V" diagram which Jonathan uses to explain the systematic breakdown from high-level requirements to detailed component design and back up to system validation, emphasizing the iterative nature of systems engineering.Real-World Applications: Through examples like the evolution of automatic transmissions and electric cars, Jonathan illustrates how MBSE applies to practical scenarios, aiding in the integration of various engineering domains and anticipating the needs for new solutions.Why MBSE is Hot Today: The discussion pivots to the relevance and rising popularity of MBSE in today's fast-paced product development environment. Jonathan points out how advancements in tools, languages, and methodologies have made MBSE more accessible and valuable.Benefits of a Model-Based Approach: Learn how MBSE accelerates the product development process by improving communication, enabling early detection of issues, and enhancing collaboration across different engineering domains. Jonathan and Jen also touch on the concept of the digital thread and how MBSE facilitates better integration and traceability throughout the engineering process.Looking Forward: The conversation wraps up with thoughts on the future of MBSE, including its role in developing digital twins and the integration of AI and machine learning for optimization purposes.MBSE is proving to be a crucial component in the toolkit of modern engineers and companies aiming to streamline operations and innovate rapidly. As the landscape of engineering continues to evolve, MBSE stands at the forefront, promising to shape the future of how products are designed and manufactured.Don't forget to subscribe and reach out with any questions or feedback through our social media channels or email at podcast@razorleaf.com. Stay tuned and stay sharp!Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
#31: Demystifying CAD vs PLM Data Migration
May 7 2024
#31: Demystifying CAD vs PLM Data Migration
Welcome to Episode 32 of "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," where we demystify the complexities involved in CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) data migration.Join us as hosts Jen and Jonathan, along with guest expert Annalise Suzuki from Elysium, navigate the nuances of data migration between these pivotal systems in digital manufacturing and product development.In This Episode:Understanding CAD vs. PLM Data Migration: Annalise explains the distinct challenges and processes involved in migrating data from CAD systems compared to PLM systems, emphasizing how these often go hand-in-hand due to integrated business workflows.Challenges of Interoperability: The discussion delves into the technical details of ensuring data interoperability across different CAD formats and PLM systems, a crucial factor for maintaining data integrity and system functionality.Technical Insights on Migration Processes: Learn about the meticulous planning and precision required in data migration projects, including the importance of preserving detailed feature history and ensuring compatibility across systems.Real-World Applications and Use Cases: Through examples from industry practice, the speakers illustrate common scenarios that necessitate robust data migration strategies, such as system upgrades and consolidations following mergers or acquisitions.The Importance of Data Quality and Validation: Annalise highlights how thorough testing and quality assurance are essential for successful migrations, ensuring that data remains accurate and functional in its new environment.Concluding Thoughts on Data Migration: The episode wraps up with a discussion on the critical nature of understanding both CAD and PLM migration's unique requirements and the overarching similarities in the migration processes.CAD and PLM data migrations are intricate processes that require careful planning and expert execution. This episode sheds light on these complexities, providing listeners with a foundational understanding of the critical considerations involved.Don’t forget to subscribe and share your thoughts or questions about this episode through our social media channels or email at podcast@razorleaf.com. Stay informed and stay sharp with future episodes on more topics related to digital and manufacturing innovations.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
#30: Manufacturing Program Management vs. Projects with Dave Opsahl
Apr 30 2024
#30: Manufacturing Program Management vs. Projects with Dave Opsahl
#30: Manufacturing Program Management vs. Projects with Dave OpsahlThis episode unpacks the nuances between manufacturing program management and project management, exploring their strategic impacts on the business and the process in how an organization ensures success for its customers. We are joined by Dave Opsahl, CEO of Actify.Understanding Manufacturing Program Management: Dave Opsahl introduces the concept of program management in the manufacturing context, outlining its challenges and benefits. This segment underscores the strategic depth of program management and how it extends beyond the scope of managing individual projects.Distinguishing Between Program and Project Management: The conversation clarifies the fundamental differences between these two management frameworks. Dave explains why distinguishing between them matters and how this understanding can influence the success of manufacturing operations.Dave Opsahl’s Professional Insights: Drawing on his extensive background in the field, Dave shares his journey and the critical lessons he has learned while transitioning from project to program management in manufacturing environments.Case Studies on Program Management: This part of the discussion focuses on real-world scenarios where program management tactics have either triumphed or faltered, providing listeners with practical insights into the application and implications of these strategies.Expert Advice for Practitioners: Dave offers actionable advice for businesses looking to implement program management principles. This includes recommendations on tools and methodologies that enhance oversight and efficiency in complex manufacturing settings.Interactive Q&A: Dave addresses questions from the audience, providing deeper dives into specific challenges and offering expert advice on program management in manufacturing.Be sure to subscribe to Stay Sharp with Razorleaf on your preferred podcast platform to keep up with the latest insights and discussions on the forefront of digital manufacturing.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 29: Configuring Success: Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management, Part 2
Apr 23 2024
Episode 29: Configuring Success: Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management, Part 2
Episode 29: Configuring Success: Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management, Part 2Welcome to another episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, where we delve into the digital forefront of manufacturing. With Anders Rasmussen from ConfigIt as our guest, we peel back more layers on CLM, exploring its impacts on business, engineering processes, and the overarching digital thread in manufacturing.Deep Dive into CLM: Anders Rasmussen revisits the core concepts of Configuration Lifecycle Management, elaborating on its significance for manufacturers grappling with complex configurations and its role in harmonizing information across departments.Exploring Mass Customization: The episode delves into the nuances of mass customization, addressing how CLM facilitates this business strategy by managing product variability and complexity, ensuring a tailored fit for diverse customer needs.Role of Product Line Engineering (PLE): Discussion extends to the integration of PLE within the CLM framework, highlighting how it aids in managing product capabilities and variability from an engineering standpoint, supported by insights into relevant ISO standards.The Configuration Digital Thread: The concept of the configuration digital thread is explored, emphasizing its importance in maintaining continuous and coherent product configuration information throughout the lifecycle, including post-sales stages.Supply Chain Management Impact: The conversation sheds light on CLM's role in mitigating supply chain challenges, exemplified by adaptive strategies during the COVID-19 pandemic, showcasing CLM's agility in product offering adjustments based on resource availability.Insightful Analysis and Real-World Applications: The episode offers rich discussions on the practical applications of CLM, from enhancing supply chain responsiveness to facilitating post-sales upgrades and services, illustrated with real-world examples.Be sure to subscribe to Stay Sharp with Razorleaf on your preferred podcast platform to keep up with the latest insights and discussions on the forefront of digital manufacturing.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 28: Partnerships Part 2 - When Life Happens
Apr 16 2024
Episode 28: Partnerships Part 2 - When Life Happens
Welcome back to Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, the podcast where we dive deep into the digital aspects of manufacturing and products. In this episode, we continue the conversation with Jen and Jonathan about partnerships, but this time it is focused on what happens when life happens and they take a turn in an unfavorable direction.Partnerships in the tech and manufacturing space can sometimes take unexpected turns. Jen, a seasoned expert on partnerships, shares her insights on how to handle these shifts effectively. Whether it's realigning goals with changing circumstances or managing through disagreements, the discussion provides valuable strategies for maintaining robust professional relationships.Key Topics Discussed:Initiating Partnerships: How to start on the right foot by choosing partners who share core values and objectives.Navigating Challenges: Strategies for maintaining partnerships when complications arise, including regular communication and alignment checks.Adapting to Changes: The importance of flexibility and proactive management in partnerships, akin to maintaining a healthy long-term personal relationship.Conflict Resolution: Approaches to managing disagreements, emphasizing the value of transparency, shared goals, and avoiding the blame game.Endings and Transitions: How to gracefully conclude partnerships that no longer serve mutual interests without damaging future opportunities.Partnerships, much like personal relationships, require ongoing effort, open communication, and mutual respect to thrive. This episode offers a roadmap for not just surviving but thriving in the dynamic landscape of digital manufacturing partnerships.For more insights or to share your thoughts on today’s topic, reach out via our social media channels or email us directly. Stay tuned and stay sharp!Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 27: Configuring Success - Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management, Part 1
Apr 9 2024
Episode 27: Configuring Success - Unpacking the Essentials of Configuration Lifecycle Management, Part 1
In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we dive into the fundamentals of Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) with expert insights from Anders Rasmussen of Configit, a company specializing in software solutions for complex configurable products.Join us as Anders, with his extensive background in engineering and configuration software, lays the foundation for understanding CLM, differentiating it from similar concepts, and underscoring its significance in the modern manufacturing and digital landscapes.Episode Highlights:CLM Explained: Anders introduces CLM, discussing its role beyond mere product sales, encompassing comprehensive integration across various corporate functions from engineering to marketing.Defining the Language and Terms: A substantial portion of the conversation is dedicated to defining key CLM terminology, ensuring clarity and fostering a common language across different departments.Practical Applications and Challenges: The episode explores real-world applications of CLM, the challenges businesses face in implementation, and strategies for effective integration.Looking Forward: Speculation about the future of CLM, including how it could evolve with the integration of new technologies and methodologies to further streamline product lifecycle processes.We encourage our listeners to join the conversation. If you have questions or suggestions for future episodes, please reach out to us on social media or via email at podcast@razorleaf.com.Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform to stay updated on future episodes, including the next part of this insightful discussion on Configuration Lifecycle Management.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 26: Is Infrastructure Still Relevant? Part 2
Apr 4 2024
Episode 26: Is Infrastructure Still Relevant? Part 2
In this episode of Stay Sharp with Razorleaf, we delve deeper into the ongoing discussion about the relevance of infrastructure in today’s rapidly evolving digital and manufacturing landscapes. We'd like to acknowledge the audio challenges in this episode; despite some technical difficulties on our guest's end, the insights and stories he shared are invaluable, and we appreciate your understanding and patience.Join us for our conversation with Michael Craffey, an expert with nearly two decades of experience at Razorleaf, who provides profound insights into how infrastructure underpins enterprise systems in the digital age. This episode, titled "Is Infrastructure Still Relevant, Part 2," builds on our previous discussions, exploring new dimensions and future outlooks of infrastructure in the realm of PLM systems and beyond.Episode Highlights:Infrastructure Evolution: Michael opens the discussion by charting the shift in data center paradigms from in-house server rooms to modern cloud services, emphasizing the critical role of choosing the right infrastructure based on specific business requirements and compliance considerations.Navigating Requirements and Scalability: The episode delves into the essential considerations when planning infrastructure for enterprise systems, including scalability, performance metrics, and the implications of geographical distribution on product usage.The Human Factor: A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to discussing the impact of infrastructure changes on people within organizations, highlighting the importance of training, support, and adapting to flexible working models enabled by advancements in cloud infrastructure.Looking Ahead: Speculation about the future direction of infrastructure, including the integration of AI for better scalability predictions and the architectural adaptability needed to support emerging technologies like augmented reality and microservices.We encourage our listeners to join the conversation. If you have questions or suggestions for future episodes, reach out to us on social media or via email at podcast@razorleaf.com.Be sure to subscribe to our podcast on your favorite platform to stay updated on future episodes.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 22: Out of the Box (OOTB) vs. Customization
Mar 5 2024
Episode 22: Out of the Box (OOTB) vs. Customization
Welcome to Episode 22 of the Razorleaf Podcast – "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," where we delve into the digital and manufacturing realm. This episode, hosted by Jen and Jonathan, features Dennis Lindinger, a Senior Solution Architect at Razorleaf, to discuss the nuanced debate between out-of-the-box solutions and customization within PLM systems.Key Discussion Points:Defining Customization vs. Configuration: The episode starts with a clear distinction between customization and configuration, emphasizing the importance of understanding each approach's impact on PLM system implementation.OOTB Benefits and Limitations: The team discusses the concept of "out-of-the-box" solutions, highlighting their immediate usability and potential restrictions for specific business needs.Customization Considerations: Dennis Lininger shares insights into when and why businesses might opt for customization, including the strategic value it can offer, albeit with potential complexities and long-term implications.Real-world Implications: Through anecdotes and industry experience, the conversation covers practical examples of how businesses navigate the decision to customize or configure, including the importance of documentation and vendor support.Strategic Decision-Making: The episode concludes with a discussion on making informed strategic decisions around customization, considering business needs, system capabilities, and the overall impact on future scalability and upgrades.Join us on your preferred podcast platform to stay sharp on all things digital in manufacturing with Razorleaf.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
PLM Master Class: A Comprehensive Guide to System Components, Part 1 of 3
Feb 27 2024
PLM Master Class: A Comprehensive Guide to System Components, Part 1 of 3
In this episode of the Razorleaf Podcast, "PLM Master Class: A Comprehensive Guide to System Components, Part 1 of 3" hosts Jonathan and Jen embark on the first installment of a three-part series dedicated to dissecting the complexities of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systems. The episode delves into the essential components and platform capabilities that underpin PLM systems, highlighting their significance in managing the entire product lifecycle. From discussing value management processes, product structures, to the intricacies of collaboration, this episode provides a primer on the fundamentals of PLM.Jonathan Scott, Razorleaf's Chief Architect with a rich background in engineering and extensive experience in various industries, shares his insights into the evolution of PLM systems, drawing from his 26 years of experience. The conversation covers the journey from file management, the importance of processes, to the management of product structures and the pivotal role of collaboration in PLM systems.Listeners are taken on a journey through the stages of the product lifecycle, with Jonathan providing a comprehensive overview of how PLM systems facilitate the management of documents, assembly files, engineering change processes, and bill of materials. The episode also touches on the historical context of PLM, comparing it to the evolution of product development from the era of the caveman to modern industrialization.Jen and Jonathan discuss the broader implications of PLM systems as platforms, emphasizing the need for a cohesive approach that integrates files, processes, product structures, and collaboration. Tune in to "PLM Master Class: A Comprehensive Guide to System Components, Part 1 of 3" for a thorough exploration of PLM systems, offering valuable insights for professionals in digital manufacturing and anyone interested in the intricacies of product lifecycle management.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 20: Is Infrastructure Still Relevant?
Feb 20 2024
Episode 20: Is Infrastructure Still Relevant?
Ep. 20:  Is Infrastructure Still Relevant?In this fascinating episode of the "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf" podcast, hosts Jen and Jonathan, along with special guest Michael Craffey, delve into the dynamic and evolving world of IT infrastructure in relation to PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) systems. With a focus on the significant shifts driven by cloud technology, this episode explores how the concept of infrastructure has transformed in recent years and what this means for businesses today.Key Highlights:Introduction to PLM Infrastructure Evolution:Insights into how infrastructure related to PLM systems has shifted over the years.From Data Centers to Cloud Computing:Discussion on the transition from traditional data centers to cloud-based solutions.Impact of economics, risk management, and technological advancements on infrastructure choices.Challenges and Opportunities in Cloud Adoption:Exploring the initial reluctance and eventual acceptance of cloud technology in engineering and manufacturing.Security and Data Protection:How concerns around security and intellectual property have influenced infrastructure decisions.The Role of Software as a Service (SaaS):Understanding the impact of SaaS on PLM and the broader shift towards subscription-based models.Navigating the Hybrid Infrastructure Landscape:The complexities and benefits of combining on-premise and cloud solutions.Follow "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf" for the latest developments and expert insights in the field of digital transformation and manufacturing.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 19: Why PLM Projects Fail with Eric Smith, VP of Services at Razorleaf
Feb 13 2024
Episode 19: Why PLM Projects Fail with Eric Smith, VP of Services at Razorleaf
Episode 19: Why PLM Projects FailJoin us in this episode of "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," where our hosts Jen and Jonathan, alongside guest Eric Smith, VP of Services at Razorleaf, explore the complex world of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) projects. This episode uncovers the reasons behind the success and failure of PLM projects, offering insights from Eric's extensive experience in overseeing numerous PLM implementations.Key Highlights:Background and Introduction:Introduction to the topic: Why PLM projects can fail.Eric Smith shares his rich experience in PLM projects, setting the stage for a detailed discussion.Initial Steps in PLM Projects:Importance of aligning initiatives across departments.The role of internal agreement and understanding the cost, return, and impact on various departments.Common Challenges in PLM Implementation:The necessity for broad approval and buy-in across executive groups.Addressing the pitfalls of department-focused initiatives and considering global implications.Selecting the Right Partners and Technology:The critical step of choosing an implementation partner after selecting the software.Emphasis on compatibility of vendor's character, vision, and strategy with the company's needs.Project Management and Execution:Discussion on the significance of project management in PLM implementation.Exploring different approaches to project management, like incremental delivery versus monolithic approaches.Data Management and Quality:Addressing challenges with data migration and legacy systems.The importance of having realistic expectations about data quality and incremental progress.Navigating Organizational Change and Training:The crucial role of effective communication and training for successful adoption.Strategies for managing change and aligning project goals with organizational culture.Follow "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf" on your preferred podcast platform to stay updated on the latest in digital transformation and manufacturing.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 18: My Reseller Sold Me PLM Software, Now What?
Feb 6 2024
Episode 18: My Reseller Sold Me PLM Software, Now What?
In this episode of "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," hosts Jonathan and Jen, along with their guest Derek Neiding, VP of Sales at Razorleaf, dive into the complexities faced by companies after purchasing software through resellers, specifically focusing on PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software. The conversation sheds light on the roles of resellers and sets realistic expectations for buyers in the technology sector, particularly in digital manufacturing.Discussion PointsUnderstanding Reseller Channels [00:00:30]Roles and responsibilities of resellers.Importance of asking the right questions during the buy cycle.PLM Software Acquisition [00:01:00]Challenges post-purchase.Insights into implementation and usage.Guest Introduction - Derek Needing [00:02:00]Background in mechanical design and IT.Journey from a hands-on implementer to VP of Sales.Implementation Challenges [00:03:00]Transition from traditional methods to PLM systems.The gap between decision-makers and implementers.Approaching PLM Implementation [00:07:00]Analyzing current vs. future state.Importance of process understanding over mere software usage.Involving Various Stakeholders [00:08:00]Incorporating input from IT, engineering, and external consultants.Understanding integration with other systems.Legacy Data Consideration [00:20:00]Challenges and strategies for integrating existing data.Importance of data consistency and quality.System Configuration and Customization [00:29:00]Balancing out-of-the-box features with custom needs.Learning from implementation phases.Organizational Change Management [00:31:00]Training focused on process rather than just software functionality.Ensuring user acceptance and continuous support.Post-Implementation Strategies [00:42:00]Ongoing system maintenance and upgrades.Adapting to changing business requirements.Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.
Episode 17: EBOMs vs MBOMs
Jan 30 2024
Episode 17: EBOMs vs MBOMs
In this insightful episode of "Stay Sharp with Razorleaf," hosts Jen and Jonathan delve into the nuanced world of Bills of Material (BOMs), with a particular focus on Engineering Bills of Material (EBOMs) and Manufacturing Bills of Material (MBOMs). As they dissect the differences, purposes, structures, and applications of these BOMs, listeners are offered a deep dive into the complexities and practicalities of managing multiple BOMs in product development and manufacturing.Key Highlights:Introduction to BOMs:Understanding the fundamental role of BOMs in product development.Clarification of the concept and importance of different types of BOMs.EBOMs vs. MBOMs:Detailed exploration of EBOMs, their genesis in the engineering phase, and their design-centric focus.Insight into MBOMs, emphasizing their critical role in the manufacturing process and detailing assembly steps.Comparative analysis of the structures and details of EBOMs and MBOMs.Single vs. Multiple BOMs:Discussion on the challenges and inefficiencies of using a single BOM for all departments.The necessity and advantages of adopting multiple BOM views for different departments.Practical Applications and Challenges:Real-world examples illustrating the challenges of managing different BOMs.Strategies for maintaining consistency and synchronization between EBOMs and MBOMs.Complexity in Product Variants:Exploring the implications of product line engineering on BOM management.Addressing the complexities of managing BOMs for product families and variants.Follow us on your favorite podcast platform for more episodes on digital transformation and manufacturing insights!Music is considered “royalty-free” and discovered on Story Blocks.Technical Podcast Support by Jon Keur at Wayfare Recording Co.© 2023 Razorleaf Corp. All Rights Reserved.