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Research and White Papers Regarding Convergence Data Services

PSMC-Parts Standardization 2014 - Cross Industry View of Parts Management

By Richard Turner

April 2014


This presentation was given at the Parts Standardization & Management Committee Conference chartered by the Defense Standardization Program Office on April 30, 2014 in Washington DC. It provides a cross industry view of how different companies deploy parts management practices across industries. Presented by Richard Turner, President of Convergence Data Services, this document describes best practices that can be shared across industries.

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PSMC-Parts Standardization Presentation 2013

By Rich Rhyne

April 2013 | Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems


This presentation was given at the Parts Standardization & Management Committee Conference chartered by the Defense Standardization Program Office on April 23, 2013. It provides an excellent view of how this Aerospace & Defense electronics manufacturer is leveraging a standard parts database, built with CDS DFR, and CDS SmartFind search tools to both encourage the re-use of Standard Parts, mitigate obsolescence issues and to provide for a well-governed new part request and approval process. The presentation also provides detailed metrics on the savings accrued through the DFR-enabled usage of standard parts.

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Maximizing Your Company’s Return on Data (RoD)

By Martin Conner and Richard Turner

April 2012 | Convergence Data


The PSMC, Part Standardization Management Committee, of which Convergence is a member, is a Department of Defense-chartered committee of individuals who are engaged in parts management related work. The PSMC provides a forum for exchanging technical information and sharing best practices for improving the Defense Parts Management Program. The presentation illustrates how Convergence solutions are used by aerospace customers and others to capture data about industry standard parts and how they are searched, compared, sourced, etc...

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PDM/PLM and Part Classification: Why You Need Both

By Daniel Bueche

April 2012 | Convergence Data


Both classes of systems, PDM/PLM and Supplier & Component Management or Classification, have their strengths and weaknesses. But both together are really needed to drive effective cross organizational and cross geographic standardization and reuse of parts, systems and products...

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Effective Value Engineering Depends on Having the Right Data

By Richard Turner

August 2011 | Convergence Data


The Information needed for supporting decisions regarding cost savings and/or quality improvements is usually not readily available. Further, cost-driving product information is buried in specification documents, drawings, CAD files, etc. ...

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Material Cost Reduction Approach to PLM Value

By Dana Nickerson

June 2011 | Whirlpool Corporation


Value can be derived from Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Systems through improving speed to market, reducing quality costs, improving productivity and material cost reduction...

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Standards as Digital Data

By Richard Turner

May 2011 | Convergence Data Services


The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) has a committee called the Strategic Standardization Forum for Aerospace (SSFA). This group is looking at the issue of modernizing standards data used by the aerospace industry so that it is in some meaningful digital structure. Richard Turner presented to the SSFA during a workshop on this topic on May 3, 2011 in Crystal City, VA. The presentation illustrates how CDS solutions are used by Northrop Grumman, Boeing and others to capture data about industry standard parts and how they are searched, compared, sourced, etc. This is a high level introductory overview intended to show these industry standards creators how their documents are converted to data and used across industry today.

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Parts Management Data Sharing

By Rich Rhyne

April 2011 | Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems


This presentation was given at the Parts Standardization & Management Committee Conference chartered by the Defense Standardization Program Office on April 12, 2011. It provides an excellent view of how this Aerospace & Defense electronics manufacturer is leveraging a common item database, built with CDS DFR, and CDS SmartFind search tools to both encourage the use of Standard Parts and to provide for a well-governed new part request and approval process. The presentation also provides detailed metrics on the savings accrued through the DFR-enabled usage of standard parts.

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