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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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SAP Moving into the Right Hemisphere of the CAD and PLM World


cad readers  Right Hemisphere of the CAD and PLM World My recent article Has SAP Become a PLM Factor to be Reckoned With?  concluded that while SAP PLM can be a system of record in most departments within enterprises, it has yet to win the hearts and minds of engineering departments for lack of its own  computer-aided design (CAD)  system. But the article concluded with SAP’s stated vision of providing  3D visualization  and communication capabilities for all asset- and product-related processes for the entire

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) criteria cover tags and storage devices, readers, wireless hubs and servers, and the middleware necessary for evaluating an RFID system deployment. RFID systems are used in different situations that require the tracking of unique items. RFID tags, in the context of enterprise resource planning and supply chain management, make items visible from manufacturing through distribution. RFID tags may be used to carry basic information such as an address, to more complex information used at different stages of an assembly line.  

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