Why Should Your Organization Join PDES, Inc.?
As a participant of PDES Inc., your organization can enjoy a number of benefits that will standardize and improve product data exchange within your company, increasing flexibility and quality while decreasing cycle time and cost using STEP. And that’s just the beginning.
Participation with PDES Inc. also includes:
- Assistance in complying with Defense Department requirements to utilize STEP for 2D and 3D product model data.
- Participation in technical projects designed to insert STEP technology into your company.
- Cross-industry collaboration and access to lessons learned and recommended practices.
- Education and assistance in establishing effective ways to integrate systems and supply chains.
- Leverage efforts to advance international standards for product data exchange.
- Access to world’s leading experts and knowledge base in STEP deployment.
- Reduction of cost and system redundancy.
- Strong relationships with leading prime contractors and OEMs.
- Access to STEP experts support for using STEP in production implementations.
- Access to training and assistance in STEP deployment.
- Insight into industry directions and requirements for integrating with suppliers.
- Strong customer relationships and participation in their projects.
- New business with leading companies.
- Insight into industry requirements for product data exchange.
- Influence what goes into the standard.
- Access to world’s leading experts and forum for implementing STEP.
Benefits of PDES, Inc. Participation
PDES, Inc. participants work together to leverage their collective efforts. Specific benefits include:
- Participation in focused projects in high-payoff areas.
- STEP product testing in a dynamic environment.
- Insight into industry enterprise integration strategies.
- Ability to work closely with customers and suppliers.
- Rapid access to STEP experts and expertise.
- Knowledge sharing through technical workshops.
- Awareness of vendor product capabilities and plans.
- Access to recommended practices and extensive lessons learned from STEP deployments in industry.
- Hands-on experience using STEP tools and technology.
- Expert support for internal STEP implementations.
- Direct influence on setting and extending the STEP standard.
- Leverage best practices from other industries.
- Up-to-date awareness of vendor product capabilities and plans.
- Focused cost sharing and collaboration on resource pooling.
- Leveraging vendors to support new requirements.
- Up-to-date knowledge on industry implements standards across the supply chain and product lifecycle.
Most PDES, Inc. participants pay annual dues and all participate in the consortium’s technical activities. Participation requirements vary with the type and size of the organization.
The table below summarizes the financial and resource contribution requirements for each type of participant. Note the Industry category is sub-defined by size and type of business in order to allow for variations in the amount of annual dues.
First year participation dues are payable at the start of the participant’s term; the second and subsequent years’ dues are payable on the anniversary of the start date.
|Participant Type||Participation ID||Organization Type/Size||Term||Fee||Resource Commitment||Board Seat|
|Industry||Industry 1||Corporate User - Sales Greater than $1B||2 Years||$50K||1800 Hours/Year||Yes|
|Industry||Industry 2||Corporate Division Users - Sales Greater than $1B||2 Years||$35K||900 Hours/Year||Yes|
|Industry||Industry 3||Corporate User - Sales Between $100M-$1B||2 Years||$25K||900 Hours/Year||Yes|
|Industry||Industry 4||Corporate User - Sales Less than $100M||2 Years||$15K||900 Hours/Year||Yes|
|Industry||Industry 5||Solution Provider - Sales Greater than $50M||2 Years||$25K||No Minimum Hours||Yes|
|Industry||Industry 6||Solution Provider - Sales Less than $50M||2 Years||$6K||No Minimum Hours||Yes|
|Industry||Industry 7||Small Manufacturing User - Less than 500 Employees||2 Years||$3K||No Minimum Hours||No|
|Government Associate||Govt Agency 1||DoD, DoE, Natl Labs - Sales N/A||2 Years||$25K||1800 Hours/Year||Yes|
|Universities & Community Colleges||Academic Associate||Endorsed by an Industry Participant||2 Years||No Fee||400 Hours/Years||No|
|Non Profit Associate||Industry Consortium||Endorsed by an Industry Participant||1 Year||$24K||No Minimum Hours||No|
• “User” is a commercial entity that utilizes STEP in conducting its business operations – for example by using CAD, CAM, CAE tools
• “Solution Provider” is a commercial entity that develops and/or sells STEP-related software products and interfaces
• “Small Manufacturing User” is an entity that is typically a supplier to a “User” company, a Small and Medium Enterprise
For more information about PDES, Inc. participation requirements, please contact General Manager Jack Harris.
Jack Harris, General Manager