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Where Manager’s Get Product Development Wrong

The analysts have bad news: Some of your company’s barriers to success are coming from right within your own organization. The good news? You can do something about it. In a recent report from Aberdeen Research, analyst Reid Paquin identified a portion of companies that are successful in spite of the many challenges they face […]

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Aberdeen Sheds Light on Product Development Best Practices

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Companies need to do their best to break down the silos between product development and operations because a more holistic approach help a company do a better job of tackling change and creating highly manufacturable products, according to a new report from Aberdeen Research. The report, which is entitled “Bridging the Gap Between Product Development […]

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Mechanical Engineering in the Internet of Things Era

Did you hear? The world is about to change. A new technological wave is coming that will forever change products. And along with that, organizations will need to change how they design and develop those products. Wait. What do did you say? No really. You sighed and groaned, “…again?” OK. You have a point. It […]

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Designing Products with Collaborative Insight

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Many external forces are converging to increase pressure on manufacturers today. For one, the rising tide of prosperity in emerging markets offer the promise of new markets for products but bring with it the peril of having to face new nimble, innovative global competitors. These newcomers lack the burden of legacy issues more established manufacturers […]

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11 Career Tips for Mechanical Engineers


There’s more to being a successful mechanical engineer than being good at math and science. Whether you’re a recent engineering graduate or have been working as an mechanical engineering manager for many years, there are tips and strategies that can help you advance in your profession. Let’s take a look at some of these tips […]

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Crowdsourcing: Leveraging the Power of Open Innovation in Product Design


Product design is quickly becoming a group activity, involving not those tasked with the creation of the physical design and its manufacture, but consumers, hobbyists and would-be inventors as well. This emerging trend, referred to as the democratization of design, has gained traction, thanks in part to the Internet and new social tools and networks […]

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Social Tools Help Companies Connect with Customers and Employees


Social media’s impact on both our social and professional lives has significantly increased over the past few years. The power behind social media is generated by its ability to amplify word-of-mouth effects, which if used effectively can be used to expand product recognition, drive sales and profitability, garner loyalty and elicit valuable feedback from customers. […]

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Companies Must Consider the Lifecycle of Products in Sustainability Efforts


Creating sustainable products does not simply involve designing products to be more sustainable by carefully choosing greener materials, but must address all the various stages of a product’s lifecycle. This wider view encompasses not just a product’s design, but its manufacture, transport, use and, ultimately, its disposal. Companies must weigh impacts of manufacturing processes, safe […]

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Value Engineering: Finding a Balance Between Reducing Costs, Maintaining Quality


Product designers are under increasing pressure today to design products faster, while also reigning in design costs. Often these objectives are at odds with each other. Enter Value Engineering (VE) initiatives, efforts that enable engineers to find the optimal tradeoff among cost, specification and quality. While VE is often associated with architectural design, it holds […]

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Bringing Out the Best of the Partner Network with PTC Creo

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Some partner networks work better than others. Build up the right relationships with the right people, and you might effectively compete with companies 10, 100, or 1000 times your size. Introduce a weak link, poor communications, or a bottleneck, and you might effectively lose good customers. That’s why Frank Glogowski, CEO/Principal Designer at FSG Design, […]

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