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Two Origins, One Destination? A Look at the Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint
There are two major genres of PLM solution: CAD-PLM and ERP-PLM. These two types have different integration capabilities, but the gap between them is shrinking

cdt plm  Origins, One Destination? A Look at the Two Main Genres of PLM Solution from the Integration Standpoint A Brief History of PLM Product lifecycle management (PLM) originated decades ago in the discrete manufacturing area, for the purposes of storing and managing product definition information (mainly computer-aided design [CAD] data). At that time, this kind of management system was usually called engineering data management (EDM) or product data management (PDM), and management of product definition

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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About Siemens PLM Software SIEMENS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Industrial Automation (IA), is a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. SIEMENS PLM Software’s major customers include companies in a variety of manufacturing industries around the world, such as Boeing, GM, Toyota, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Intel, Samsung, and Target. SIEMENS PLM Software delivers solutions to customers for product lifecycle management (PLM) including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product data management (PDM). About Siemens Industrial Automation The Siemens Industrial Automation Group (IA), Nuremberg (Germany), provides products for manufacturing and process industries, as well as the electrical installation industry. The company also provides system solutions such as machine tools, and automation solutions for facilities such as automobile factories or chemical plants. IA also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration), and for optimizing production processes.  About the Siemens PLM Portfolio Teamcenter The Teamcenter product line is a family of solutions that enable extended manufacturing enterprises to capture, manage, access, integrate, and leverage diverse types of product information, including product requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents, and product configurations – in a web-native environment. The Teamcenter suite of visualization and collaboration solutions helps companies optimize their product lifecycle management processes by unifying their internal organizations with suppliers, business partners and customers in a Digital Collaboration environment. NX The NX product portfolio, including current products NX, I-deas NX Series, NX Nastran and Imageware provides a set of proven CAD/CAM/CAE solutions for total product engineering – enabling companies to model and validate products and their production processes in an integrated digital environment. The NX solutions deliver strategic advantage to manufacturers by effectively capturing, applying, and sharing knowledge throughout the digital engineering process, significantly enhancing a company’s digital decision making process. Tecnomatix Siemens PLM Software has an extensive, proven record of leveraging decades of industry-specific manufacturing expertise to develop process solutions that transform the world’s leading manufacturers. Siemens PLM Software offers the Tecnomatix suite of best-in-class digital manufacturing applications and production expertise, covering manufacturing engineering through shop floor execution. These solutions are connected together, to legacy systems and to the extended enterprise by an open manufacturing backbone. Tecnomatix is the leading digital manufacturing solution based on technology, market share, industry experience, and world-class customers served. Velocity / Solid Edge The UGS Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the product lifecycle management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Mid-sized manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership

cdt plm  Portfolio About Siemens PLM Software SIEMENS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Industrial Automation (IA), is a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. SIEMENS PLM Software’s major customers include companies in a variety of manufacturing industries around the world, such as Boeing, GM, Toyota, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Intel, Samsung, and Target. SIEMENS PLM Software delivers solutions to customers Read More

PLM Fundamentals: A Framework for Approaching PLM Initiatives


It may come as a surprise to you, but every organization that brings a product to market already has a product lifecycle management (PLM) system in place. And the choices as to which software tools or system an organization should employ in its initiatives should be entirely based on the review and assessment of its current PLM system.

cdt plm  Fundamentals: A Framework for Approaching PLM Initiatives PLM Fundamentals: A Framwork for Approaching PLM Initiatives If you receive errors when attempting to view this white paper, please install the latest version of Adobe Reader. Datastay has developed an industry leading PLM application to give you the framework on which to manage all of your product lifecycle efforts. Source : Datastay Datastay's applications Datastay PLM Datastay Quality Datastay NPI Datastay Change Datastay Capomastro Other Read More

Lectra Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry


“I can name more fashion PLM solutions than PLM solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product lifecycle management (PLM) evaluation model geared specifically to the fashion industry. Of course, this was intended as a joke—a fashion PLM solution is still a PLM solution! But, here is the first fashion PLM solution to receive TEC

cdt plm  Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry “I can name more fashion PLM solutions than PLM solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product lifecycle management (PLM) evaluation model geared specifically to the fashion industry. Of course, this was intended as a joke—a fashion PLM solution is still a PLM solution! But, here is the first fashion PLM solution to receive TEC certification. In recent y Read More

PLM for the Fashion Industry


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain.

cdt plm  for the Fashion Industry Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain. Read More

Product Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions


NGC e-PLM and e-SPS are NGC’s offerings in product lifecycle management and sourcing for the fashion industry. This product note analyzes the strengths and challenges that the solutions have and makes recommendations to both the vendor and users.

cdt plm  Note: NGC's Fashion PLM and Sourcing Solutions New Generation Computing, Inc. (NGC) has a long history of serving the fashion industry. After adding Web-based product lifecycle managemen t (PLM) and sourcing and production systems ( e-PLM and e-SPS , respectively), to the product portfolio, the company became closer to being a one-stop-shop for its target customers. Seeing the increase in PLM adoption in the fashion industry and NGC's recent achievements in the fashion PLM area, I decided to create Read More

Core PLM for Process Industries


The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration.

cdt plm  PLM for Process Industries The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the process (or recipe-based) manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, recipes, formulas, production processes, design tools, document management, and collaboration. Read More

Infor PLM Optiva


Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer packaged goods, and pharmaceutical industries, which helps companies bring products to market. Because the product is modular, Formation Systems helps companies taylor its functionality. Using the product's tools such as formula optimization and recipe management, can help - Create market-ready products - Elevate product quality with consistency - Integrate knowledge throughout the enterprise - Unite with key business partners

cdt plm  PLM Optiva Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer p Read More

Prioritizing Your PLM Initiatives and Spends


There is an increasing acceptance among apparel brands and retailers of the fact that product lifecycle management (PLM) applications can streamline the product development process. Although the benefits are apparent, there are questions about the best approach and investments to drive PLM across the organization. This white paper discusses a phased approach for accelerated PLM adoption in an enterprise.

cdt plm  Your PLM Initiatives and Spends There is an increasing acceptance among apparel brands and retailers of the fact that product lifecycle management (PLM) applications can streamline the product development process. Although the benefits are apparent, there are questions about the best approach and investments to drive PLM across the organization. This white paper discusses a phased approach for accelerated PLM adoption in an enterprise. Read More

Product Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 2 Process PLM Motivation


This part of the series on Product Life Cycle Management in Process explores the business motivations by review business strategies.

cdt plm  Life Cycle Management (PLM) in Process Part 2 Process PLM Motivation Introduction In Part One of this series, we discussed Product Life Cycle Management as a proven concept in the discrete industries and as a growing concept in process. In this part, we explore the business motivations for PLM in process enterprises by reviewing business strategies. In part three, we will look at requirements for Process PLM decisions. The business strategies reviewed are: Accelerating Time-to-Market Increasing the Read More

Balanced PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth


For manufacturers that lack a well-structured product lifecycle management (PLM) program, the instantaneous flow of information only speeds up confusion, duplication of effort, and poor decision making. Find out how a SaaS-based ERP solution is essential for creating an effective, comprehensive integrated PLM program that improves productivity, accuracy, and decision making—and ultimately increases company profitability.

cdt plm  PLM Programs Drive Profitable Growth For manufacturers that lack a well-structured product lifecycle management (PLM) program, the instantaneous flow of information only speeds up confusion, duplication of effort, and poor decision making. Find out how a SaaS-based ERP solution is essential for creating an effective, comprehensive integrated PLM program that improves productivity, accuracy, and decision making—and ultimately increases company profitability. Read More

Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report


The PLM product Lectra Fashion PLM (V2R2) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in TEC's PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

cdt plm  Fashion PLM V2R2 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report The PLM product Lectra Fashion PLM (V2R2) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in TEC's PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth Read More

TEC Guides Carolina Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project


When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its multiple systems running separate departments and offices, the company turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). With TEC's rigorous methodology and decision support system Carolina Pad was able to find its best fit solution in a timely and efficient manner.

cdt plm  Guides Carolina Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its multiple systems running separate departments and offices, the company turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). With TEC's rigorous methodology and decision support system Carolina Pad was able to find its best fit solution in a timely and efficient manner. Read More

Infor Releases Optiva 11 PLM


Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the fashion/apparel industry. Indisputably, its most competitive PLM offering is Infor Optiva for process industries such as food, specialty chemicals, and personal care products. Customers provide positive feedback on the product’s capabilities

cdt plm  Releases Optiva 11 PLM Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the fashion/apparel industry. Indisputably, its most competitive PLM offering is Infor Optiva for process industries such as food, specialty chemicals, and personal care products. Customers provide positive feedback on the product’s capabilities related to formula development, labeling, and regulatory compliance. Infor Optiva Read More

Prodika PLM Solutions


Prodika delivers collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for companies in CPG and Process industries. Prodika PLM Solutions include; Global Specifications Management; Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance Management; New Product Development and Introduction processes; Packaging and Label Management processes, Product Data Synchronization and Syndication; Value Chain Performance Management; Product Portfolio Management; Recipe/Formulation-based Product Design and Virtual Prototyping.Prodika solutions are delivered as managed application services based on the Microsoft .NET platform and a service-oriented architecture. Deployed around the world, Prodika solutions natively support product specifications and collaborative PLM processes in all languages, cultures, and currencies.

cdt plm  PLM Solutions Prodika delivers collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for companies in CPG and Process industries. Prodika PLM Solutions include; Global Specifications Management; Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance Management; New Product Development and Introduction processes; Packaging and Label Management processes, Product Data Synchronization and Syndication; Value Chain Performance Management; Product Portfolio Management; Recipe/Formulation-based Product Design Read More