Parts Management 201 eBook: Modern Standard Parts Management vs. Traditional Classification

“Why is it easier to find a document on Google than it is within your local library?”


CADENAS PARTsolutions CEO and industry expert, Tim Thomas, builds upon the concepts covered in Parts Management 101 with an all new eBook: Parts Management 201. The goal is to help manufacturers and engineers re-use digital parts and streamline their design process, by taking a look at a modern standard parts management strategy versus a traditional classification initiative.

In the following excerpt, Tim Thomas breaks down the problem with an example most anyone can relate to.

Sneak Peek: Parts Management 201

“Why is it easier to find a document on Google than it is within your local library?”

The library is perfectly organized, using the Dewey decimal system to neatly sort and classify each document, while Google has little organization, querying trillions of pieces of information for the right document.

This is because Google search is designed around how people think. Humans are not wired to think in the Dewey decimal system. Humans prefer to find things, by describing their attributes and selecting upon specific criteria. Google has to search through a much larger pool of data, yet their results are faster, more accurate and more up-to-date than that of the library.

The ability to easily search and find information is the inspiration behind Standard Parts Management (SPM). SPM is to Google as Classification is to the Dewey Decimal system. SPM is a modern way to quickly and accurately find data in a “human” interface. Continue reading to find out how SPM stacks up against a traditional classification initiative. Learn how forward thinking companies are using parts search to foster reuse, reducing costs and design time.

Parts Management 201 provides a deeper-dive into parts management for manufacturers looking to streamline their digital resources, with the ultimate goal of reducing design time and costs through part standardization, reuse and control. In this book we explore the benefits of two methodologies commonly used to enable rapid reuse of digital parts. We review the technologically focused approach of Standard Parts Management (SPM), against the more traditional approach of manual classification of parts.

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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A graduate of the Richard Farmer School of Business Marketing at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries. He enjoys many outlets for creativity including working on custom cars and guitars. He’s also a fan of Formula1 racing and the Cincinnati Bengals. Adam currently lives in Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Nora and son Otto.