Indiana RUG's largest meeting in years with over 100 users, at Andretti Racing in Indianapolis.

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On January 29, the Indiana Regional User’s Group held its annual event at Andretti Racing in Indianapolis, IN. There were over 100 people in attendance at the RUG meeting, which made it one of the largest in the Indiana group’s history. Pat Pemberton, the Indiana RUG leader kicked things off with opening remarks and introductions. I followed Pat’s remarks with an overview of PLM World membership and structure, a brief introduction to the 2013 PLM Connection Americas event in Dallas this coming June, and an overview of PLM research and education at Purdue University. Near the end of my presentation, we all got a surprise visit from Michael Andretti who was gracious enough to stop by and say a few words about the racing team and their use of Siemens PLM tools. Chip Ritter from Siemens PLM followed with an update of Siemens tools and offerings and a description of what Siemens is doing to better meet its customers’ needs.

Next on the agenda was Matt Wickham, Product Data Exchange Coordinator, from the Delphi Corporate Technology center in Kokomo, IN. Matt’s presentation was very informative and timely – how to deal with data exchange and the corporate process changes that it necessarily entails. The presentation was well received and generated much discussion during the breaks. Next on the agenda was an all-time user favorite – John Baker, and his presentation on what’s new in NX 8.5. It was a great presentation as always, with many exciting updates in store for all of us NX users. During lunch, there was much dialogue around the topics of data exchange, workforce development and education, and the rapidly changing pace of technology in the PLM arena.

After lunch, Mike Miller, U.S. Sales Midwest Technical Manager from Siemens PLM kicked things off with a demonstration and discussion of NX Synchronous Technology. It looks like there are many opportunities to leverage synchronous technology within an NX workflow, both for imported data and native NX data. One of the more challenging things people have to do in a data-sharing environment is to edit imported geometry. There are several technologies on the market to do this, but the challenge is incorporating them into an NX workflow in a way that the data can be shared and configuration managed. It looks like synchronous technology can help with that. Next up was May Taylor from the Center of Excellence at Siemens who gave a nice update on NX CAE. Many exciting things seem to be in store there.

After the break, Christine Grundei from Rolls Royce Corporation gave a great presentation on the integrated engineering environment being created at Rolls Royce. They are in the midst of integrating PLM, MES, and ERP to create an environment with one master source of product data that is available to the right person in the right form at the right time. Another big portion of that effort is leveraging and archiving the model-based product definition. Next was Denise Vallis and Mike Miller giving an update of TeamCenter 9.0/9.1 and TeamCenter Manufacturing. Both presentation were very informative, especially the parts about BOM management and assembly process planning.

The day was full, informative, and collaborative with many new relationships forged. The turnout was good, and the venue could not have been better, especially with the garage tours of the Andretti facility at the end of the day. We are all looking forward to an exciting national event in June.

Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology

PLM Center Director and Purdue University

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