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Welcome, Michael Corr of Duro!
- Chris met Michael when he was still working at a drone startup in SF
- Wendover Productions video about drone delivery
- After that he did consulting for a while and then started Duro
- PLM stands for “Product Lifecycle Management”. If you have used a system that has change orders, it was likely a PLM.
- Chris first experienced this as paper tracking at a co-op in mid 2000’s
- Michael wants the process to be more like Pull Requests in software revision control.
- It can be tough dealing with binaries when doing revision control.
- There are other differences when comparing hardware vs software revision control.
- Separations of engineer from buyers means there’s less insight into supply chain woes
- Purchasing changes once you go to production
- Michael got started in R&D at SRI (Stanford Research Institute)
- He then moved to a high volume manufacturing job and was surprised at the differences. Notably the cost benefit of spending time costing down a BOM another 10 cents.
- Chris maintains that this is why hardware engineers are cheapskates
- Another problem in the industry is that tools aren’t interoperable, requiring meta layers like Duro.
- DFM and DFA are tough to do because there is a “wall” between manufacturing and engineering.
- Mechanical examples
- Michael says having quick iteration is another similarlity with a more desirable process: Agile feedback loops
- What does a release process look like?
- Where is the source of truth? To avoid the manufacturer using the wrong attachment, Duro sends a link instead of an attachment
- Tying into ERP systems that purchasing deparments might use.
- Tying into MES software package integrations for companies doing their own manufacturing (like on the shop floor)
- The problems are everywhere: big companies might be able to move faster, but it’s by grinding with tools like spreadsheets
- When Michael moved to LA, he started mentoring at a hardware accelerator program
- When do people start using PLM systems? Chris thinks it should be “Two boards and an interconnect”
- Michael says it’s important to start using PLM ASAP, at the very least to start using a part numbering system. This was a similar opinion that Jan Rychter (PartsBox) had about management systems.