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ME Media Manufacturing Software Supplement:
Software touches all aspects of the manufacturing industry, from CAD/CAM designers and engineers to factory-floor workers and through the supply chain. Our manufacturing software supplement covers the many software technologies—CAD/CAM, product lifecycle management (PLM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and factory data management—employed today to create the innovative new products that fuel the manufacturing industry.
The supplement includes “Programming the Manufacturing Industry,” an overview of the software landscape, plus four topic-specific features delving into the details of software industry segments. In “Betting Big on Multitasking,” the trends covered include the rise of complex multitasking machine tools that are requiring manufacturers to adopt new programming techniques; the article “Managing Factory Data” covers the software used for collecting, monitoring and analyzing the flood of critical data coming from the factory floor; “ERP Software Takes Flight” takes a look at the latest advances in cloud computing and the rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) ERP applications; and in “PLM Systems Strengthen Links to the Shop Floor,” we address the developments and improvements in PLM factory design, data management, 3D simulation and CAE systems that are helping manufacturers compete more effectively on the global stage.