This is a post by Emma Rudeck on the Concurrent Engineering Site.
In today’s design environment, the ability to leverage a design up and down the design process is critical. But, for many companies, there is a real challenge here; they need to overcome the difficulties of managing interoperability between different environments and tools.
WHY IS INTEROPERABILITY IMPORTANT?
There are key individuals in the design product development process. Each may have their own tools and each have their own skill sets. But, for the product development and manufacturing to be successful, these key individuals will need to work together.