More about PLM…

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Product
Lifecycle Management
 (PLM)
is the process by which manufacturing companies manage the entire lifecycle of
a product from its conception, through design, manufacture, to service and
disposal. PLM integrates people, data, processes, business systems and provides
a product information backbone for companies. PLM process begins at the
earliest phases of design and development and continues throughout the entire
life of the product, which includes production launch, volume production, and
finally disposal.

PLM is
not single software product but a collection of software tools and working
methods integrated together to address either single stage of the lifecycle or
connect different tasks or manage the whole process.

PLM do
work, like what ERP and CRM use to do in early 90s, ERP unified finance, HR,
manufacturing and warehouse systems. A decade later, CRM brought call center
automation and sales force automation together. Now, CAD, CAM,
PDM and manufacturing process are converging through PLM. Yet PLM is unique
from other enterprise software because it focuses on driving top-line revenue
from repeatable processes. Through PLM, your products are a path to
innovation, industry leadership and top-line growth. Implementation of PLM
helps engineers to make critical design decisions that determine the quality
and cost of product over its lifetime.

PLM
software implementation helps companies to manage their products throughout
their lifecycle in part by serving as a single central source of product
information that can be systematically shared across an extended enterprise and
accessed by other systems.

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Areas under PLM

 

  1.  Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) – is a collection of technologies
    and methods used to define how products are to be manufactured
  2. Product Design - developing product idea, concept to
    2D/3D models using CAD software.
  3.  Systems Engineering (SE) – is focused on meeting all
    requirements, primary meeting customer needs, and coordinating the Systems
    Design process by involving all relevant disciplines
  4. Product Data Management (PDM) – is focused on capturing and
    maintaining information on products and services through their development and
    useful life
  5. Product and Portfolio Management (PPM) – is focused on managing resource
    allocation, tracking progress vs. plan for projects in the new product
    development projects that are in process. Marketing activities

 

 

 Stages in PLM

·                 The
first stage is to define requirement based on customer, company, market,
resources, etc. And initial concept design work is carried out in parallel

·                 In
second stage detail design and development of product starts. Tools used are
CAD, CAE software.

·                 In
third stage manufacturing process is defined, including tool design, CNC
machining, analysis, testing process. Parallel to mfg process sales and
marketing system comes in action

·                 Next
stage involves managing service information, supporting customers, maintenance,
dispose

 

All
stages of PLM run hand-in-hand. A major part of PLM is the co-ordination and
management of product definition data involved in every stage.

Benefits
of PLM

·                 Time
to market reduced

·                 Product
quality is improved

·                 Reduced
prototyping costs

·                 Re-using
data – reference for future

·                 A
framework for product optimization

·                 Reduced
waste

·                 Complete
integration of engineering workflows

 

 Major PLM
Software providers

·                 Dassault System – ENOVIA

·                 Siemens PLM – Teamcenter

·                 PTC – Windchill

·                 Oracle Agile PLM

·                 Think3 PLM

 

Lets
cover more on benefits of PLM and various courses/careers in PLM from next
post.

Bye,

Sachin Nalawade

Happy daily cadding

 

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