What Compliance Means to Your Next CAD Purchase




Regulatory compliance issues are very easy to be viewed as the problems of someone other than a CAD engineer.  And yes, many software platforms exist – such as our own Windchill  solutions – to help your business stay ahead of shifting regulatory regimes.


Viewing CAD as existing outside of government regulation concerns, however, can be a costly mistake.  Many features of newer CAD platforms exist to enable your design team to adapt quickly to market changes as well as regulatory shifts, and having those tools available when change comes can make the difference between a successful product and an expensive example.


  • As supply chains consolidate, regulatory compliance becomes everyone’s job.  Following the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, government audits were not limited to BP, but instead extended down their entire supply chain to their smallest and most specialized supplier manufacturers.  Any business, large or small, whose products supply for the needs of larger supply chain partners, will inevitably find themselves facing tough compliance challenges. 


  • Changes in regulatory requirements can happen quickly, and can create significant disruption and delays for an unprepared product design process.  When your product design must adapt to unforeseen events, having a highly flexible and adaptable CAD platform becomes an enormous advantage – the difference between getting a profitable product out on time, and missing a market opportunity completely with a delayed release.  Don’t invest in a CAD platform that can’t shift fast with the times.


  • Communication is key.  Being able to operate effectively in a multi-CAD environment, whether entirely in-house or among your supply chain partners, can make all the difference when government regulations play a major role in your design process.  Your next CAD platform should support a wide range of file format compatibility features, be able to effectively communicate in a collaborative design environment, and offer features for integrating your design process with other critical business functions.  


  • Smart design can enable you to turn compliance into competitive strength.  A flexible, feature-rich CAD platform – such as Creo – can enable your business to incorporate compliance concerns into your design process through smart, reactive knowledge management and designer collaboration.  Armed with these tools, you can then turn compliance from a legal risk into a competitive strength by delivering even better products just ahead of a demanding market.


Don’t lose opportunities to late design changes forced by regulatory compliance.  Stay ahead of the game with your next CAD solution, by investing in a more flexible and collaborative product design environment that turns unseen risks into uncommon product successes.

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