PLM: Where It Began, Where It's Going

Product lifecycle management, or PLM, is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception through end-stage disposal. It is sometimes considered one of four information technology cornerstones for a manufacturer, alongside customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP).

The PLM concept began in the mid-1980s when American Motors Corporation (AMC), intent on establishing a competitive advantage over the auto industry giants of the time, put its focus on using technology to speed the product development process. Although AMC was ultimately acquired by one of those giants, its innovations were integrated into modern manufacturing tech and have played an invaluable role there ever since.

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A Day in the Life: Gabrielle Barton (Service Writer)

Hi my name is Gabrielle Barton.

I’m a Strategic Services Service Writer at Radwell’s Norcross, Georgia branch.

As of November 20th I’ve been with Radwell for a full year.

My primary job duties are receiving payments and I work jointly with Sales to provide communication straight from Production to the customer.

I love helping and empowering people. I love finding solutions to problems and it just gets me going everyday. What I like most about working at Radwell is the calm and cool environment. My managers definitely have an open door policy and I feel like I can go to them with anything.

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What is an HMI?

What is an HMI?

HMI stands for Human-Machine Interface.

A Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is a user interface that connects a person to a machine. HMI can technically be applied to any screen that allows a user to interact with a device. It is most commonly used in the context of an industrial process.

 

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What Is a PLC?

A Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) is an electronic device used to monitor or control production processes. It is a device that a user can program to perform a series or sequence of events. These events are triggered by inputs received at the programmable logic controller through delayed actions such as time delays.

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All About Agile Tooling

Designing and fabricating manufacturing-related tools — dies, molds, patterns, jigs, fixtures and so on — in ways that maximize efficiency while also minimizing cost is commonly referred to as “agile tooling,” and it is an important trend for modern manufacturing.

Techniques used to create an agile tooling environment range from the traditional to the cutting-edge. These may include the following:

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The Culture of Giving Back: Radwell International's Story

Like most companies, the story of Radwell International is one of humble beginnings. The company story began 38 years ago in Mount Laurel, NJ and has survived and thrived through many changes. Brian Radwell, too, has gone through his share of challenges, both personal and professional. To read the detailed story of Radwell, you can check out this blog post The Story of Radwell.

To truly understand the Radwell story, you have to understand a little bit about Brian Radwell's motivation, which stems from supporting his father who was the kindest man in the world according to many people within the company who knew him when he was alive. I had the rare opportunity to ask Brian Radwell a question about fear of failure and the family culture of giving back .

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A Day in the Life: Ali Rickerhauser (Production Support Coordinator)

 

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Eight Keys to Better Asset Reliability

If you’re a manufacturing plant manager, what don’t you want to see out to the production floor? Probably a significant number of things, but near the top of that list would probably be a large group of workers congregating around a critical piece of machinery that should be running—yet isn’t. Rarely does such a sight have positive implications.

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A Day in the Life: Rabbie Currens (Production Manager-Radwell North Carolina)

My name is Rabbie Currens and I am the Production Manager of Radwell International Greensboro North Carolina. My primary job function is to manage production. Part of that is to show that we’re shipping quality products out to our customers. In order to do that we have to help the technicians to be successful. In order for us to meet customer satisfaction, we work with Engineering to make sure we have the right assets that we can use to test out the units. At the end of the day you have a paying customer so you want that customer to be satisfied with the product we’re sending out the door. My job is essentially to make sure that all these things are accomplished.

I’m from Liberia originally, West Africa. I’ve been in the U.S. for about 15 years now. I’ve been working with Radwell for 5 years now. I started off in New Jersey as a Repair Technician and quickly moved up the ladder.

My favorite part of the day is chatting with my employees during morning roll call and letting them know what we need to accomplish during the day along with reviewing our goals and objectives. I also walk around and say hi to everybody in the building. That’s my favorite part asking people how their day was yesterday, what they’re looking to accomplish today, and just basically trying to get the mood of the employees.

What drives me to be the best is the challenges that we have and trying to find some kind of resolutions to these challenges. That drives me to be the best. I love to solve problems so that kind of drives me to get better as a manager. One of the other things that really drives me to improve myself as a manager is that people lean on me for guidance. I would say that’s a key thing to basically solve problems and to be able to work with employees. I work with customers to solve their problems as well and that’s also what drives me to be better as a manager.

 I’m always busy throughout the day but I’m usually busiest during the morning hours. Sometimes I’m busy later in the day because I don’t have time to accomplish some of the things that need to get done during the morning and afternoon hours.  

What I like most about my job is the fact that I can do what I went to school for. To be honest, I never thought I would be in the position where I would be managing people but that’s something I’ll always like. I’m a leader so I like to be someone who can help with answers. Whenever one of our customers has a line going down or a rush repair, we have to come up with quick solutions so we have to make quick decisions. My favorite part of my job is that I get to make the final call.

The 3 words that best describe Rabbie Currens are energetic, ambitious, and outgoing. I’m also easy to get along with.

Things that I like to do outside of work are catching up with sports and I love to work out. I’m a big fan of staying healthy so I work out at least 4 to 5 times a week. I used to be a personal trainer and I’m always in the gym.

And that’s a day in the life of a Production Manager at Radwell in Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

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A Day in the Life: Robert Tiedeken (Branch Manager-Franklin, Indiana)

Transcribed from Video by Ryan Neuman

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