Do you ever dream about organizing and coming up with naming conventions for your product design files?

If you’re a mechanical engineer or industrial designer, you’re likely far more motivated by the opportunity to create and improve innovative products – not by spending endless hours managing design files. So it’s not surprising that CAD tools get most of the glory when companies are evaluating software platforms for their product development teams. Data management solutions are usually treated as an afterthought, an “add-on” purchase.

But as anyone who has dealt with the consequences of poor version control will attest, data management should be pushed to the front burner.

Graphic highlighting that 86 percent of product developers say they need to reduce errors resulting from working on the wrong version of a design or receiving important information too late. (Source: The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2019)

In The State of Product Development & Hardware Design 2019, an independent research report on the design and manufacturing industry, 86% of companies said they need to reduce errors resulting from working on the wrong version of a design or receiving important project information too late.

In the best case scenario, mistakenly manufacturing the wrong part can lead to hours of wasted time and needlessly wasted money. In the worst case scenario, version control problems can lead to product recalls and possible harm to the public.

The good news is that most data management problems can be proactively minimized or prevented altogether.

In Onshape’s latest eBook, “The Engineering Leader’s Guide to Data Management & PDM,” you’ll review all the key factors to consider when choosing the best data management solution for your company. The comprehensive guide covers the pros and cons of file-based Product Data Management (PDM) systems and compares them to newer alternative cloud and mobile technologies.

Topics explored include:

  • Managing your most valuable design assets.
  • Collaborating with internal and external design teams.
  • How do PDM systems work?
  • What to look for in a PDM system?
  • Data management in the cloud.

It’s not uncommon for companies with multiple product lines to have thousands – sometimes even millions – of parts, assemblies and drawings. Some of those companies have been using 3D CAD for decades without any formal or automated method of managing all those data files. Instead, they’ve been relying on manual methods, standard folder structures on shared network drives, historical procedures and tribal knowledge.

If your company has been struggling with version control issues – and want to compare alternative solutions – “The Engineering Leader’s Guide to Data Management & PDM” will give you a headstart in figuring out the most logical next step.

Download your copy today!