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Design Insights: The Connected Design Process; Clear, and Still in the Cloud

July 21, 2021
A review of the day’s top trending stories from Machine Design editors.

The Connected Design Process

Cloud-based product development solutions are redefining how innovative firms design, develop and bring to market new products. Cloud-based product development lets users focus on iterating and creating the best possible design.

On July 29 at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Machine Design and Onshape will present a webinar entitled “The Connected Design Process: Using Data to Drive Product Development.” The webinar will look at how cloud-based product development empowers designers and engineers to innovate while optimizing the product development process and ensuring data accountability and security.

Register for this event here.

Clear, and Still in the Cloud

While the issues of cybersecurity remain at the forefront of the cloud computing discussion, managing those issues is a better alternative than leaving the cloud out of your system process, according to a new Machine Design article.

“Cloud computing is gaining traction quickly because it eliminates many of the barriers encountered when taking an idea from concept to product. In the past, the projected cost of computing hardware and network hardware, and the associated configuration labor and continuous maintenance, doomed many projects before they even got off the ground,” writes Damon Purvis of AutomationDirect. “Integrating cloud computing with industrial automation creates some immediate concerns, while at the same time providing opportunities. Users are rightly worried about maintaining secure connectivity and reliable data handling. These challenges must be met head-on to realize the scalability benefits and fleet-wide advantages of using cloud computing.”

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