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Beyond Your Recycle Bin

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The area of going green goes well beyond the recycling bin in your garage. For manufacturers, the barrage of environmental regulation legislation is coming fast - by state, country, etc. What everyday consumers, like myself, see is media reporting on the high profile cases that resulted in compliance failures including Mattel Toys, Palm Treo 650 and the Sony Play Station. What consumers do not see is the passionate people trying to solve problems to save the environment.

This morning, I sat in on Seagate's presentation that John blogged about. Following Seagate's talk, Siemens PLM Software's Kevin Faulds provide a review of Teamcenter's compliance solution and how our customers can incorporate compliance information into the PLM backbone.

This included three main customer use cases:


  • Data Collection & Aggregations

  • Compliance validation

  • Data exchange & Sharing


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After Kevin's brief introduction, John Fox from Synapsis Technology, the partner who helps us develop the Teamcenter module for compliance, gave an example using a cell phone. The cell phone is an assembly with multiple components, which may come from multiple suppliers. His example included 3 commercial parts: a capacitor, a resistor and an IC. Below that there are many manufactured parts.  There is a granular level of environmental (substance) data that must come from the suppliers. Teamcenter's value is the ability to see which part had a partial fail for compliance and the ability to drill down into the BOM analysis in a very easy to use and understand interface. The real challenges our customers face is exemption management.

I stopped Andrew Wertkin, CTO of Synapsis in the coffee shop for a quick chat. He was off to the training session however he shared that customers are floored when they discover how easy it is. Red X means fail, green check means pass!

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Of all the challenges facing this industry, the move to a greener, more ecologically sound way of working is the one big stumbling block - I guess the one barrier to people adopting tools like Teamcenter to assist with this move is that the information at present is so vague and barely quantifiable. Yeah, tools like Geolus that help you reduce part count (reducing scrap and over work, duplication of batches), FEA and such, all help, but we need to rethink how these tools are used and make sure they’re pushed to the very front of the development process.. and the data has to be much more granular that from the supplier - how is the mineral extracted, how is it processed, how far does it travel before we even get to the point where a ‘product’ (be that a wheel, a capacitor) is even thought about.. its fascinating..

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Al - you are absolutely correct. In fact, Seagate’s discussion talked about their challenge of obtaining that granular information from each of their suppliers. Their suppliers were skeptical - “You mean I have to give you that information?” and when they did provide, for example the chemical compound of a part, Seagate provided a compelling story about how this information enabled them to make adjustments up front, earlier in the process.

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This seems pretty complicated and appears it will raise costs.  This sounds similar to traceability programs in other industries which is a costly program.