BigLever Press & Analyst Coverage

Advanced Manufacturing: PLE Creating Products in Classified Environments

September 18, 2018 Aerospace and defense companies are faced with daunting security challenges as products become increasingly sophisticated. As product complexity grows—integrating thousands of software, electrical and mechanical parts—the security risks and organizational hurdles grow in tandem. One key issue these manufacturers face: how to design, produce and evolve a product line portfolio that contains both classified and unclassified product content in a way that meets stringent security requirements yet is highly efficient, cost effective and fully leverages personnel with varying security access privileges. >> more

Jama Software blog: Feature-Based Product Line Engineering Translating Engineering Gains into Strategic Business Value

July, 2018 Product Line Engineering is the engineering of a product line portfolio using a shared set of engineering assets, a managed set of features and an automated means of production. By "engineer," we mean all of the activities involved in planning, producing, delivering, sustaining and retiring products. >> more

Advanced Manufacturing: Taming Complexity, Variation in Automotive Engineering with PLE, Digital Twin

June 19, 2018 Automotive engineering has never had so much complexity to address. Producing millions of vehicles per year is a daunting feat. This complexity grows exponentially with the introduction of next-generation intelligent features and functions for enabling autonomous driving. Manufacturers are facing myriad challenges in taming this complexity, managing variation and bringing these innovations to market rapidly and efficiently, while providing the highest levels of safety and reliability. >> more

Design News: Using PLE to Create Digital Twins

April 26, 2018 The digital twin is a virtual repository for all of the files that make up a product. This approach to managing a complex product with variable features is just getting started. One method is the use of product-line engineering (PLE) to create and manage digital twins. With feature-based PLE, manufacturers can build a digital twin for each product instance in their product line based on the features contained in that product. >> more

Strategic Finance: Digital Twins Invade Industry

March 1, 2018 An important development in the IoT (Internet of Things) was the introduction of digital twins about two years ago. A digital twin is a digital replica of a material object that includes the real object's physical assets, pro­cesses, and systems. Sensors are embedded in the material twin so that it can stream information to its network-connected digital counterpart. >> more

Today's Motor Vehicles: 2018 Outlook

February 8, 2018 Managing increasing complexity in 2018 section: BigLever Software CEO Dr. Charles Krueger discusses the design and manufacturing challenges created by more vehicle models, advanced features.

Complexity in vehicle design, engineering, and manufacturing will continue to grow as new features enter the market and as automakers offer more specialized variations on their products. BigLever Software supplies product line engineering (PLE) software that automates product family production, based on features. Simplifying management of engineering assets – such as designs, specifications, software, bills of material (BOMs), and calibrations – PLE allows designers to quickly identify what a vehicle needs to support various features and assess additional costs. >> more

Automotive Design & Production: What Are Digital Twins and Digital Threads?

January 23, 2018 The new terms "digital twin" and "digital thread" refer to well-known data management issues. However, they also emphasize new incentives, capabilities and challenges. Conventional simulation and digital mockups (DMU) are still valuable, but they've become limiting when managing today's very Internet of Things-like (IoT) products, such as connected and autonomous vehicles. These are products with embedded software and electronics, real-time and ubiquitous connectivity and data communications to cloud-based data repositories through the internet, oodles of smart embedded sensors, real-time data analysis based on artificial intelligence and other complex and sophisticated technologies. >> more PLE and the Birth of the Digital Twin

September 7, 2017 Necessary to the evolution and proliferation of the digital twin are the software tools that make it possible to track and manage this digital copy of the physical product. Businesses are increasingly familiar with product lifecycle management (PLM), product data management (PDM) and other related technologies. They may be less familiar with product line engineering (PLE). To learn more, spoke with Dr. Charles Krueger, CEO of BigLever, a PLE company with prominent customers that include Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, a major automotive manufacturer, and more. >> more

Aerospace Manufacturing and Design: What is product line engineering (PLE)?

August 9, 2017 — Q&A with BigLever Software's Dr. Paul Clements, one of the pioneers of the PLE field. Product Line Engineering (PLE) is a way to engineer a portfolio of related products in an efficient manner, taking advantage of products' similarities while managing their differences. Engineering includes all the activities involved in planning, producing, delivering, deploying, sustaining, and even retiring products. >> more

Embedded Computing Design: The birth of 30 million digital twins — Transforming the engineering lifecycle and manufacturing feedback loops

August 8, 2017 The "digital twin" was first introduced to mainstream technology by General Electric back in 2015, and has been assimilating into Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) hierarchies ever since. Digital twins are virtual representations of physical products that, when combined with connectivity, enable device makers to interact with their equipment long after it has been deployed in the field. From an engineering perspective, digital twins can be used to monitor the impact of operational or environmental wear and tear on system components, as well as simulate failures before they occur. >> more

Embedded Computing Design: Product Line Engineering — Intelligent manufacturing for intelligent products

February 10, 2017 The Internet of Things (IoT) is ramping up the creation diverse, intelligent, and connected products, in many cases much more quickly than the manufacturing people, processes, and technologies used to create them can support. This requires a new approach to engineering and product lifecycle management, according to Dr. Charles Krueger, CEO of BigLever Software, and in this interview he explains how large-scale organizations can abstract complex processes and portfolios to gain a competitive edge. >> more

Manufacturing Engineering: Q&A with Dr. Charles Krueger
PLE Helps Engineering Teams Reduce Product Development Complexity

February 8, 2017 – Manufacturing Engineering: Your company just released onePLE, a new version of its product line engineering [PLE] software. What's new in this version?

Charles Krueger: With onePLE, BigLever is bringing to market a holistic PLE solution. It combines our services offering with the Gears technological framework and integrates with other partner solutions, which includes lots of engineering tools across the full lifecycle. >> more

Digital Engineering: A Product Variation Flight Checklist

October 3, 2016 – Complex products such as robots, tractors, airplanes and battleships are now much more than mechanical products; they are sophisticated digital systems with a mechanical purpose. The Airbus A380 has approximately 4 million parts and 100 million lines of code embedded in processors scattered throughout the aircraft. Such a difference between part count and code line count is now normal in automotive, aerospace & defense, medical, high tech, shipbuilding and many other industries. >> more

Digital Engineering: BigLever Stakes PLE Claim In The Enterprise

September 20, 2016 – PLM, SLM, and engineering document management have become fairly mainstream enterprise pillars for modern-day product development. Now, BigLever Software is making the case that the less familiar Product Line Engineering (PLE) technology is also gaining traction as an enterprise platform as opposed to a siloed engineering solution. >> more

Selected Press & Analyst Coverage Archive

May 11, 2016 Product Line Engineering Gets a Visual Makeover, DesignNews
April 21, 2016 BigLever's Push for More Comprehensive Product Line Architecture Strategies,
March 1, 2016 Using PLE to Control Product Variations, Manufacturing Engineering
Nov 12, 2015 The theory behind product line engineering, Embedded Computing Design:
Nov 2, 2015 Product Line Engineering 101, Desktop Engineering
July 29, 2015 Managing Product Lines by Focusing on Features, Automotive Design & Production
April 8, 2015 Gartner Report: Cool Vendors in Product Design and Life Cycle Management, 2015
March 31, 2015 A new paradigm for product line diversity, variant management, and complexity management in manufacturing, Industrial Embedded Systems
Feb 16, 2015 PLM Joins With PLE To Address Product Line Complexity, Digital Engineering
Jan, 2015 Software is prompting integration of product line engineering and product lifecycle management, Ovum Analyst Report
Jan 27, 2015 BigLever and Aras Bridge the Engineering Gap, Automation World
Jan 27, 2015 BigLever and Aras Deliver Product Line Engineering Integration, Blog article – Joe Barkai, Product and Market Strategist and Catalyst
Jan 26, 2015 BigLever Software Introduces the Industry's First Integrated Product Line Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management Solution, Industrial Embedded Systems
Jan 15, 2015 Live Training Transformation Inducted into Software Hall of Fame, Military Simulation and Training Magazine
Jan 12, 2015 U.S. Army's Live Training Transformation Product Line Inducted into the Hall of Fame at the 18th International Software Product Line Conference, Military Embedded Systems
Oct 13, 2014 Design Reuse: Reusing vs. Cloning and Owning, Analyst Joe Barkai, Product and Market Strategist and Catalyst
Aug 28, 2014 Advanced Product Line Engineering Puts the Auto Industry in Overdrive, John Day's Automotive Electronics
July 14, 2014 BigLever and MadCap Partner for Documentation Management & Product Line Engineering Solution, John Day's Automotive Electronics
June 6, 2014 Human out-of-the-loop manufacturing, Industrial Embebbed Systems
Jan/Feb, 2014 Second Generation Product Line Engineering Takes Hold in the DoD, CrossTalk
Dec 3, 2013 BigLever Software - Third Leg to the Platform Design Stool?, Analyst Chad Jackson Lifecycle Insights blog
Aug 30, 2013 BigLever Software Announces Gears 7.2, Desktop Engineering
Aug 27, 201 Feature-based product line family management software, Automotive Engineering International
July 31, 2013 BigLever and the Agile Product Line, Analyst Wayne Kernochan blog
July 12, 2013 BigLever gets product line 'family trees' in Gears 7.2, SD Times
Feb 20, 2013 BigLever Software delivers new bridge integration solution for Sparx Systems, SD Times
April 2012 Second-Generation Paradigm, Army Acquisition, Logistics & Technology (AL&T)
June 7, 2012 BigLever Gears up Ver. 7.0 for software engineering, EETimes
May 24, 2012 Bridges built to Hadoop, product-line engineering, SD Times
Dec 16, 2011 BigLever Software Makes Gains, Austin Business Journal
Aug 30, 2011 ALM and PLM: Make It Work, People, Forrester Blog
July 18, 2011 Reuse is an event, but sharing is a journey. SD Times
Dec 13, 2010 BigLever Software Expands Adoption of Its Industry-Standard Product Line Engineering Lifecycle Framework with Microsoft Integrations, SD Times
Oct 15, 2010 BigLever partner in $200M gov contract, Austin Business Journal
Sept 24, 2010 Henry Ford Would 'Recoil' at SPL: The role of Software Product Lines, Dr. Dobbs
Oct 6, 2010 IBM partners on 'smart' wind system, CNET
May 28, 2010  Organization works to blend application, product lifecycle management, SD Times
May 26, 2010 BigLever gets ALM, PLM in gear, SD TImes

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