The Duro Difference: Intuitive PLM with Rapid Implementation and Seamless Integrations

May 28, 2024


There’s been a cultural shift in hardware. Today’s engineers are looking for intuitive tools to iterate faster, collaborate with team members across different departments and locations, and ensure data accuracy at every stage of the development process. 

To meet these requirements, hardware manufacturers need product lifecycle management (PLM) software that’s as innovative and flexible as they are. 

In this article, we’ll explore the critical role of cloud PLM and how Duro’s intuitive design and seamless integrations help to streamline processes, boost productivity, and foster innovation, making it a game-changer for hardware teams.

The Modern Hardware Team

Companies are under pressure to get to market faster

Products are becoming more complex, and yet, at the same time, there is an increasing demand for quicker innovation cycles. As a result, the hardware industry has become more agile.

Hardware companies need to get their products to market faster than their competitors while simultaneously managing complexities in supply chains, disparate teams, quality controls, and compliance. Streamlining the process is crucial to prevent costly manufacturing mistakes and optimize engineers’ time.

Engineers are looking for intuitive, flexible technology

At the same time, there’s been a cultural change in the hardware industry. Modern hardware engineers now fundamentally understand the principles of software development. They are familiar with agile workflows and the concept of a tech stack.

This shift is driven by young tech talent who bring a renewed interest in hardware and have a cultural understanding of how to best build products, which leads them to seek out more intuitive, advanced tools. 

This has led to a shift away from monolithic applications. Instead, engineers need interoperable, best-of-breed tools that can be set up in minutes to hours. This allows them to focus on engineering and building great products rather than managing software tools.

Why Cloud PLM Solutions Make Sense

As modern hardware teams look to build best-in-class tech stacks, they must maintain data continuity across these design and manufacturing systems. A cloud-native PLM is the solution. It answers the problems caused by other data management systems, such as spreadsheets or overly complex PLM solutions.

Problem: Lost Productivity

Administrative work such as sourcing components, entering metadata, and managing bill of materials (BOM) takes a huge toll on engineers’ time. In one study, 85% of surveyed aerospace and defense companies said they lost engineering productivity due to non-value-added work, which had significant business implications for them. 

Solution: Reduce Manual Data Input

Cloud PLM simplifies operations by automating data transfer between solutions. It manages BOMs, streamlines part number assignments, validates component data, organizes sourcing information, and maintains security and compliance. This ensures accuracy and frees engineers for more important work. Cloud platforms are scalable as teams grow, allowing easy addition of new functionality or seats as needed.

Problem: Disjointed Systems = Difficult Collaboration

Engineering teams use 3D CAD tools for design and collaboration, while manufacturers rely on Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for work orders. Both must work from the same revision and stay updated across different applications. Sharing design iterations via spreadsheets or email risks decisions based on incomplete models.

Clunky, outdated PLM solutions can cause similar difficulties. Seamless integrations are key when exporting data from CAD to PLM and pushing downstream to ERP or MES systems for manufacturers. PLMs with complex setup and maintenance make exporting a BOM from CAD tools time-consuming. With inconsistent data between teams, engineers can become stuck in a perpetual troubleshooting loop with manufacturers.

Solution: Out-of-the-Box CAD Integrations

Cloud PLM comes with built-in integrations to CAD, ERP, MES, and more. This makes it easy to set up, and platforms are configurable to an engineering team’s needs without requiring time-consuming, complex customizations.

Engineers can effectively collaborate with team members in different departments or share documentation between their mechanical and electrical counterparts. They can control design releases, share information, and manage review and approval processes across departments and applications.

Problem: Lack of Data Centralization

Engineers know the importance of having one master design for each product. If each department doesn’t have easy access to this master at any given moment, then outdated design iterations might inform business or manufacturing decisions.

Similarly, the BOM is especially important for every aspect of hardware, from the design, procurement, and manufacturing of a product all the way through to its build, warehousing, and distribution. Outdated PLM systems or spreadsheets might not reliably track changes, and make it difficult and time-consuming to get the most up-to-date BOM. 

Solution: A Single Source of Truth

A cloud PLM ensures that hardware teams have instant access to the most up-to-date information. It maintains BOMs for all assemblies and products and tracks changes over time. This enhances efficiency, fosters collaboration across teams, and accelerates product launches, all while saving companies time and money that would otherwise be lost to inefficient workflows and mistakes. 

Duro’s Differentiators

Duro is a user-friendly, cloud-native PLM that stands out from the pack due to its ready-to-use features and open API, including free CAD integrations for every customer. Our intelligently designed PLM offers predefined workflows that integrate seamlessly with best-in-class tools. 

Effortless Onboarding

One of Duro’s defining features is its fast deployment and onboarding. Its out-of-the-box functionality means companies can hit the ground running in days, not weeks. 

Time-efficient implementation was a top priority for Momentus Space, one of our aerospace and defense customers. Collaboration was particularly challenging for this company, as their manufacturing is based in Asia while the engineering team is spread across Australia and North America.

Enter Duro. Within days, the company was up and running with a cloud-native, compliant PLM system. Due to our easy onboarding, Momentous was able to immediately enhance their teams’ productivity and collaboration.

Nearly Limitless Integrations

Duro offers out-of-the-box integrations with CAD tools, ERP, MES, Requirements Management solutions, and more. Hardware teams have the flexibility to add more tools to their hardware stack as they grow. 

With Duro PLM, Momentus Space can sync component information back and forth between their mechanical CAD tool (Solidworks), their requirements management platform (Valispace), and Duro PLM. Every step of the product management process now relies on the same accurate information.

Similarly, Gilmour Space needed a PLM solution that would seamlessly integrate with its internal systems and third-party tools. Duro’s integrations with SolidWorks, Onshape, and ION (First Resonance’s Factory Operating System) helped Gilmour achieve its goal of accurately predicting and tracking production timelines across the product development of its launch vehicles.

Gilmour’s engineers can now easily track BOM and component property changes in CAD, and the new information automatically populates in Duro. The team can copy-paste rocket designs, which rapidly speeds up iteration.

Intuitive and Easy to Manage

Another advantage of Duro is that it doesn’t require a systems admin to manage. Instead, it’s easy for any team member to use, regardless of prior experience with product lifecycle management software.

Rapid Robotics relies on Duro PLM to synchronize with its CAD software, Solidworks, and provide a central source of truth for all its product information. With Duro, it can efficiently manage and adapt its core configurations for different customers. It can quickly reference past product versions while incorporating rigid rules and processes for BOM and change management. 

This agility is essential for Rapid Robotics, as they constantly iterate on their core designs. Duro’s intuitive design means its engineers can freely delete or move parts around to explore different scenarios. They can rebuild or replicate setups by referencing the active base configuration, which is automatically updated based on field data.

Unlock Your Company’s Potential for Innovation with Duro

Today’s fast-moving hardware product teams need a cloud PLM to keep up with their rapid innovation and give them a leading edge. Duro’s flexible platform is intuitive and easy to use.

Duro PLM works out of the box, immediately ensuring that hardware teams maintain productivity and agility in a highly dynamic market. Your product isn’t simple, but your process can be with Duro. 

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