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Join us July 22, 2020 from 10 – 11 am for an informative webinar that will help NMC Members and guest organizations assess where you are with respect to data management and PDM/PLM, ERP, and MES utilization. The University of Connecticut’s Manufacturing Resource Center is lowering the barriers to entry and offering assistance to small- and mid-sized companies in the state’s aerospace, automotive, and industrial supply chains.

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Problem: Data Management is Prohibitively Expensive for Smaller Manufacturers

For decades, large aerospace and defense (A&D), automotive, and industrial manufacturers have deployed Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software to support more efficient and effective design, development, and manufacture of their products. These tools reduce the expense of organizing, storing, retrieving, and controlling product and production data. 

Most large A&D companies have also deployed PLM-based tools and methods to manage and control the export of technical data and commodities.

Many small- and medium sized manufacturers have found the tools large manufacturers use to be prohibitively expensive. Few can afford the disruption or the overhead cost of configuring and deploying these systems, and few can afford to hire employees whose sole focus is process improvement and data management. Hiring management consultants to execute deployment projects is rarely an option.

Solution: Connecticut Manufacturing Resource Center (CMRC)

Working with a team of industry experts, the University of Connecticut has created a resource center designed to help small- and medium-sized supply chain manufacturers affordably:

  • identify opportunities for process improvement driving effectiveness and efficiency.
  • manage and use master data (product definition and production).
  • define key process metrics and calculation methods.
  • select and configure appropriate and affordable PLM, ERP, and MES systems. 
  • evaluate PDM tools, which may meet their product data management needs at a fraction of the cost of larger, more complex PLM systems.
  • deploy PDM/PLM, ERP, and MES systems, and migrate legacy data where required.
  • integrate PDM/PLM, ERP, and MES systems internally and with customers’ systems.
  • meet customer and government quality, security, and legal requirements.

The Connecticut Manufacturing Resource Center was created to augment existing workforce development and technology enhancement initiatives.

This July 22nd webinar will provide:

  • Background and information about how these systems are being used effectively by large aerospace, automotive, and industrial companies, and what the implications are for their supply chains.
  • A few case studies and lessons learned by small- and medium-sized companies that have deployed these tools successfully.
  • A discussion with webinar participants about their experiences with data management, and with PDM/PLM, ERP, and MES tools and processes.
  • A discussion of cloud-based data storage and the shift among many PDM/PLM, ERP, and MES providers from software installed and maintained locally to “software as a service.”
  • A discussion of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis and supply chain resiliency.
  • An overview of the services and support UConn’s Connecticut Manufacturing Resource Center (CMRC) is offering, including state and federal grants to offset much of the cost.

An important outcome of this webinar will be an overall assessment of where your organization is with respect to data management and PLM/PDM, ERP, and MES utilization, a better understanding of your needs and constraints, and a clearer picture of how we might help you compete effectively in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

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Meet Your Panelists:

Bill Kelly is a Supply Chain Consultant, Certified Lead APICS/ASCM CPIM Instructor and a University Professor. Bill has 35 years of hands-on experience with Pratt & Whitney and has been a part of multiple ERP implementations.

Dave Rodney has 30 years of experience in aircraft propulsion systems design and aerodynamics, computer-aided design system development, and implementation of enterprise data management systems (PDM/PLM, ERP, MES).

Hadi Bozorgmanesh is Professor of Practice in the School of Engineering at UConn where he teaches Tech Experiential Entrepreneurship for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in converting research into viable businesses.

Mike Accorsi is Senior Associate Dean of the UConn School of Engineering, where he is responsible for major research initiatives, engagement with federal and state agencies, and collaboration with industry partners.


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