OEM’s sourcing for manufacturing services have a revolutionary new, more secure way to protect sensitive engineering information when sharing it online for sourcing and collaboration, thanks to free software that automatically destroys electronic drawings after the recipient reviews them.
The offering, calledMFG.com AutoShred Lite, became available today on MFG.com, the world’s largest marketplace for sourcing and selling manufacturing services. MFG.com partnered with Pinion Software to develop the product, which electronically "shreds" drawings that are shared in the popular SolidWorks eDrawings software format at a designated time, removing them completely from the recipient’s hard drive. MFG.com AutoShred Lite is free to all users.
With AutoShred Lite’s unique functionality, the buyer or engineer can completely control how, when, where and by whom their sensitive drawings and documents are viewed. MFG.com’s partnership with Pinion Software provides sourcing professionals and engineers with an unparalleled level of security for their intellectual property when sourcing online for engineered-to-order components.
More than 43,000 buyers across the industrial spectrum (aerospace, transportation, consumer products, electronics and more) use MFG.com.com to source, collaborate, and receive quotes online for more than 200 manufacturing processes such as CNC machining, metal stamping, forging, plastic molding, metal fabrication and metal casting.
"MFG.com is putting the manufacturing world at the fingertips of buyers and suppliers, and online security is essential for optimizing marketplace benefits," said Joyce Durst, president and CEO of Pinion Software. "The ability to retain control of CAD data enables buyers and engineers to significantly extend their network of prospective suppliers and accelerate real-time response to market opportunities with complete control over their key asset, intellectual property."
A second offering for MFG.com customers combines the capabilities of MFG.com AutoShred Lite with an advanced set of Technical Rights Management capabilities from Pinion Software for securing a wider range of data formats, including additional technical, and business application files. With this product, calledPinion Desktop Packager – MFG.com Edition, intellectual property owners can have even more options for specifying what recipients can and cannot do with the information they receive, including whether documents can be printed or screen-captured.
"MFG.com allows those who purchase engineered-to-order parts to save money and time by connecting online with previously unknown suppliers who have the right expertise and capacity for a given project at an exact moment in time. But one concern associated with sourcing online to a global network of suppliers has been ensuring control over intellectual property," said MFG.com CEO Mitch Free. "We realized that many companies are not taking full advantage of market transparency by sourcing online for manufacturing services due to legitimate concerns over their drawings getting into the wrong hands or lingering after the sourcing event. Sourcing online via MFG.com using AutoShred Lite is more secure than sending drawings by any other method including, email and fax. MFG.com is committed to providing the global manufacturing community with innovative technology like AutoShred Lite to help companies tap into a dynamic global base of suppliers."