Tuesday 18 December 2018

What is PLM?


A Product life cycle management (PLM) is an information management system that can integrate data, processes, business systems and, ultimately, people in an extended enterprise. The Product life cycle management systems (PLM) were develop to help organizations control documentation. The product structure and manage engineering change order (ECO, ECN, ECR etc.).

Product data management systems (PDM) have exist for a while prior to the development of PLM systems. The key differentiation between the two being life cycle management in addition to data management.

In most organizations, the engineering change process was:

  1. Manual (process) with inefficiencies in hand offs between departments,

  2. Inability or lack of capability to capture financial impact

  3. Lack of awareness of extent/impact of changes and

  4. Unable to meet cycle time expectations.

As organizations continued to mature in their business processes (New product introduction, phase gate product introduction, product portfolio management, design for excellence [DFX, DFM], Excess and Obsolete inventory management, Effective dates) and business system usage (ERP, MRP, CRM), a need for a more comprehensive solution became compelling.

Product costs

Research into product costs over its life cycle has indicated that a focus on getting the design right earlier in the alpha/beta stages provides the maximum benefit. In order to get the design right so early can be tricky…effective business processes with right enabling technology will be the key to success to improve time to market and reduced costs across the life cycle.

Three different sets of companies started developing PLM software

  • Traditionally CAD centric software companies, enhanced their PDM systems with additional capabilities.

  • ERP companies enhanced their core capabilities with enhanced workflow and document management features.

  • Pure PLM software vendors, which built their engines on basic needs of their customer base with extensive integrations to CAD (upstream data) and ERP/MRP/CRM systems.

There has been some amount of consolidation and over the years, PLM as a technology has matured and has added more and more features for e.g.

  1. Supplier collaboration

  2. Design / manufacturing outsourcing

  3. MES integration

  4. Digital rights management

  5. Collaboration

  6. Project management

  7. Regulatory and Environmental compliance tracking and management (RoHS, WEE, RoHS, FDA CFR etc.)

  8. Customer needs management

  9. Data Classification and Knowledge management

  10. Configuration management

In later posts, I will get in to details around each of these enhance capabilities. The future direction of PLM to support the enterprise.

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