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  • October 12, 2018

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    Posted in Engineering Design Press Releases By Apollo Design Technology
    AVID Labs Product Design

    AVID Labs® Awarded Two Patents

    AVID Labs®, LLC was recently awarded two lighting related patents. “These are two examples of the AVID team delivering on challenging applications,” stated Joel Nichols, Chief Innovation Officer for Apollo Design® and AVID Labs®.

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  • June 6, 2018 Posted in Engineering Design By AVID Labs

    AVID Labs® - Unique Lighting Solutions

    Let AVID Labs, LLC® solve your unique lighting problems.

    Avid Labs® recently solved a custom lighting problem for the Bicentennial Celebration this summer in Illinois. Find out all the details of this exciting project.

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  • March 12, 2018

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    Posted in Engineering Press Releases By AVID Labs
    RAIL System UL Certified Control Booth

    AVID Labs® is a UL Certified Panel Shop

    AVID Labs, LLC® is your source for standard and customized UL Certified products. One UL product designed by AVID engineers is the AVID RAIL System®. Pictured above is an industrial control panel for an AVID RAIL System® for a large automotive customer.

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  • August 19, 2015 Posted in Engineering By Michael Kretschmer
    Product Data Management

    The final element of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is Product Data Management (PDM). PDM, also known as Product Information Management, is focused on the publication and control of product data. This documentation contains information on all aspects of the product and the resources that have an impact on the product. Understanding the importance of the information and its use makes the organization and communication of the data more robust. This ultimately increases the overall success of the company. PDM is separated into general areas in which product transactions take place. Operational transactions connected to products occur in three major arenas.

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  • July 29, 2015 Posted in Engineering By Michael Kretschmer
    Manufacturing Process Management

    The fourth element of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is Manufacturing Process Management (MPM). The focus of MPM is the control and integration of the technologies and processes a company employs in the manufacturing of its products. It is distinguished from Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP II), an element of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), whereby a company’s manufacturing resources and activities are managed. MPM forms the foundation upon which MRP II is built by prescribing which technologies, plant layouts, and workflows are required to properly manufacture products.

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  • July 16, 2015 Posted in Engineering By Michael Kretschmer
    Product Design

    The third element of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is Product Design (PD), which is the creative and inventive process through which concepts are transformed into real products. PD has two interwoven components, i.e. Engineering Design, which focuses on the functionality, safety and reliability of the product, and Industrial Design, which focuses on the product’s aesthetics, ergonomics and usability. This article covers PD from the engineering point of view, focusing on the foundation and importance of the process rather than the various stages. Understanding the purpose of something oftentimes provides more insight than knowing what it is and how to use it.

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  • July 2, 2015 Posted in Engineering By Michael Kretschmer
    Product and Portfolio Management

    The second element of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is Product and Portfolio Management (PPM). PPM encompasses the control and allocation of all resources needed to develop and sustain a product through its entire lifecycle. PPM employs such disciplines as economics, business mechanics, marketing, and supplier & customer networking in order to establish a properly informed game plan that guides the company in what it needs to do, and how and when it needs to do it. It provides the framework in which the company’s modus operandi, strategic objectives and financial goals are established and executed.

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  • June 22, 2015 Posted in Engineering By Michael Kretschmer
    Systems Engineering

    The first element of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is Systems Engineering (SE). SE is a holistic process that utilizes the knowledge base of all disciplines in order to properly define a problem that needs to be solved and properly develop a solution to resolve it. Its foundation is the principles concerning the entire system in terms of its functionality, safety, reliability and risk assessment, coupled with the engineering disciplines. It considers all possible aspects of the project or product, including failure modes, and integrates them into a unified analysis. The importance of SE stems from the fact that no cause or effect in a system is perfectly isolated from the other causes and effects in that system. Everything is interconnected, which oftentimes creates situations where effects can have multiple causes and may cascade through the system. This is especially problematic in systems with inherently non-linear relationships, prominently in dynamic systems.

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  • June 9, 2015 Posted in Engineering By Michael Kretschmer
    Product Lifecycle Management

    According to the American Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which became the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), ‘engineering’ is defined as the creative application of “scientific principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or manufacturing processes, or works utilizing them singly or in combination; or to construct or operate the same with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behavior under specific operating conditions; all as respects an intended function, economics of operation and safety to life and property.” Essentially the purview of engineering is - from the initial conception to the final disposition of a product.

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  • April 10, 2015 Posted in Engineering Design By Alex Tollington

    New footwear. What style? What brand? What color? What shape? Consumer trends show an increased demand for personal expression through products. A product can identify who we are and what we value. Lighting products have been used for centuries to provide artistic expression in theatrical performances and the like. With the development of solid-state lighting, the ability to use light to provide personal expression is available to all industries. Customizing the design, performance and style of lighting fixtures is often overlooked by a world searching for individual expression. Designing custom fixtures that are durable and aesthetically is the focus of AVID Labs®.

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