At Inertia, we’ve had great success over the years improving collaboration, productivity and concurrent engineering practices by implementing a PDM (Product Data Management) system which allows us to share, control and automate our CAD files. Using our realworldthinking, we asked ourselves; if PDM can help to eliminate waste and improve quality in a product development CAD design environment, why not also apply it to our office documents to help lean-out our business processes and reap similar benefits of:
revision and history control – a PDM can eliminate the mystery of who mistakenly overwrote your excel file or wonder who may be using it because you just get read-only access
automation of data entry – no more tedious typing of customer names, project names, project numbers
workflow control to electronically manage the review and approval process – without paper
standardized document templates to drive consistency and maintain brand quality
We applied the great capabilities of Solidworks Enterprise PDM to our project management and administrative documents to better collaborate and cut some fat off of these 5 common business processes:
Engineering Change Notices
Presentation and Report Templates
Vacation Time-Off Request Forms
In our quest to provide our clients with great value, we think we’ve found some great ways to reduce waste even in our business practices such that any type of company in any type of industry can do the same. To find out more, click on the “Ask Us How” button.
PDM….so much more than a CAD management tool.