General Instrument reduces parts cost with Aspect software

Designers at General Instrument in Chicago are choosing the Explore Component and Supplier Management software system from Aspect Development of Mountain View, Calif., to save money on parts costs and to increase productivity.

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Designers at General Instrument in Chicago are choosing the Explore Component and Supplier Management software system from Aspect Development of Mountain View, Calif., to save money on parts costs and to increase productivity.

"With Explore CSM, we expect to save millions of dollars through parts standardization and vendor and volume consolidation," says Carol Armitage, senior vice president of central engineering at General Instrument. "In addition, GI will be able to significantly shorten development cycles, improve product quality and design more manufacturable products due to better globally integrated processes and data sharing."

General Instrument officials plan to use the CSM software to reduce part cost and increase productivity through the reuse of existing components, suppliers, and intellectual property across their seven business units.

Aspect and General Instrument leaders have worked together to develop General Instrument`s Enterprise Data Management (EDM) architecture based on Aspect`s EDM planning model, which defines data ownership and integration between the three core data management systems supporting design-through-manufacturing operations.

The Explore CSM system will manage General Instrument`s component, library, and supplier information, and automate many of the design-through-procurement processes associated with the data. -J.M.

For more information, contact Aspect Development by phone at 415-428-2700, by fax at 415-968-4335, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.aspectdv.com/.

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