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Digital Twins for As-Maintained Configuration Management Part 1

July, 2019
In this month’s CMsights we asked Configuration Management practitioner, standards influencer, trainer, and author Kim Robertson to help us distill all the hype about digital twins and digital threads so we can understand their impact on as-maintained configuration management for long-life aerospace & defense equipment. Kim Robertson has over 39... Read More

Ten Configuration Management Truths

June, 2019
Learn more about these “Ten Configuration Management Truths for Aerospace Project Managers”... Configuration Management is the foundation for Quality Management at the product, project and program levels. CM is everyone’s responsibility, not just relegated to the engineering group or the CM expert. CM is not about the product history, or... Read More

Configuration Management Plan Review

May, 2019
After the recent CMsights article on "What is a Configuration Management Plan" CMstat received several excellent questions about what should and should not go into a configuration management plan. Some readers were seeking help with developing a new CM plan from scratch, while others were attempting to perform a configuration... Read More

The Future of Configuration Management Software in PLM Platforms

March, 2019
In a recent CMsights post we looked back at the history of configuration management software to help understand the impact of PLM solutions when delivered as an open platform of interoperating applications. That is, instead of a single mammoth enterprise solution from a sole provider that attempts to perform every... Read More

Configuration Management Standard EIA-649 Rev. C

February, 2019
CMstat extends our congratulations to the SAE EIA-649 Configuration Management Standards G-33 Committee chaired by Larry Gurule on the Feb. 7 release of the very important Revision C. This consensus standard for configuration management was revised by a respected international team that brought together representatives from major domestic and foreign... Read More

A Brief History of Configuration Management Software

January, 2019
This month’s CMsights looks back at the history of Configuration Management software to provide context for understanding the impact of the movement toward PLM being delivered as an open federated platform of interoperating applications. The evolution away from huge monolithic enterprise PLM solutions – promising everything for everyone – offers... Read More

Configuration Management is Quality Management

November, 2018
An Aerospace Product Manager's Fable on Why Configuration Management is Quality Management Your company spent two million dollars reaching six-sigma goals by implementing the best quality management system it can afford and earning its SAE AS9100 Registration. Your CEO is so proud of this accomplishment that the company has adopted... Read More

What is a Configuration Management Plan?

October, 2018
A common error in Configuration Management planning is thinking that if your organization has implemented PDM software with change control capabilities, or even a complete industry-focused CM solution, then you must have a plan for configuration management. This implies there must be a written Configuration Management Plan in existence. Unfortunately,... Read More

How is Configuration Management Different from Change Management?

September, 2018
Questions regarding the differences between Configuration Management (CM) and Change Management (also CM) arise so often that we decided to address it in a CMsights post. It is not uncommon that a new A&D program manager or engineering lead may think that configuration management and change management are synonyms. If... Read More

Hardware Configuration Items in As-X Configuration Management by Aerospace & Defense Contractors (Part 2 of 2)

August, 2018
Your new aircraft control system has gone through all the reviews and audits (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, FCA and PCA as referenced in Part 1 of this CMsights article) and you are ready to deliver your first unit/lot number to your customer. You have diligently assigned Hard Ware Configuration Items... Read More