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PDM vs. PLM: A Matrix View
Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky (PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective) got me wondering about what a true product

0711 pdm  vs. PLM: A Matrix View Two recent blog posts by Oleg Shilovitsky ( PDM vs. PLM: A Data Perspective and PDM vs. PLM: A Process Perspective ) got me wondering about what a true product lifecycle management (PLM) system actually is. In his posts, Shilovitsky discussed the differences between product data management (PDM) and PLM from the perspective of data (scope and control of the data) and process (coverage of product lifecycle activities) I have a bit of a different perspective. Let me back up first

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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. 

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Embraer to Overhaul Its PLM Platform with PTC Windchill


In a well-established upper-range product lifecycle management (PLM) market total platform replacements are a rare occurrence. Brazil-based Embraer, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has recently selected PTC’s Windchill PLM technology solutions to “help bring new innovative aircraft to market faster, more efficiently, and with the highest levels of quality.” With the switch from

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Water World Group Selects Epicor ERP


A day after a major win in India, Epicor announced that the Water World Group of Companies has selected to implement the flagship Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution in its offices in Egypt and the USA. Water World is Egypt's leading water treatment company that specializes in water treatment systems, including technology used to purify and filter potable water.

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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.

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Use CMMS to Improve PdM Performance


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0711 pdm  CMMS to Improve PdM Performance Use CMMS to Improve PdM Performance Speaking with numerous maintenance professionals across multiple industries, invariably the conversation seems to center on how to create an optimal balance of proactive and reactive maintenance and how to get there. The discussions often come disguised in modern-day labels, such as lean, reliability-centered maintenance (RCM), and total productive maintenance (TPM). However, there's no mistaking the underlying issues: companies need Read More

Core PLM for Process Industries


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Autodesk to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM


While the recent joining of complementary forces by Microsoft Business Solutions and Autodesk will make many heads turn, a lot more detail and clarifications are needed for the alliance to establish itself as an ERP-PLM superpower in the mid-market.

0711 pdm  to Bring Microsoft Business Solutions Closer to PLM Event Summary At the beginning of October, amid several announcements of strategic extensions for its few enterprise resource planning (ERP) product lines, possibly the most eye-catching was Microsoft Corporation 's (NASDAQ: MSFT) initiative to avail most of its Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) ERP offerings with long needed pieces of product lifecycle management (PLM) functionality. That will happen through extension of the existing relationshi Read More

Fighting Back: How Product Data Management Can Give You the Competitive Edge


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0711 pdm  Back: How Product Data Management Can Give You the Competitive Edge TEC provides decision support systems (DSS) that enable stakeholders to objectively identify the software products that best fit their company's unique business and systems requirements. TEC is organized in evaluation centers like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). PLM also incorporates vital product data management (PDM) functionality. Source: Technology Evaluation Centers Resources Related to Fighting Back: How Product Data Read More

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PLM software applications support businesses in bringing products and services from idea through to design, production, and final disposition. PLM solutions have evolved to provide comprehensive functionality for all aspects of product innovation, including product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. PLM solutions allow you to create, communicate, and store a 'single version of the truth' for effective collaboration. PLM also incorporates vital product data management (PDM) functionality.

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PTC Creo 3.0—CAD Interoperability


CAD software is changing to make data reusable and collaboratively shared in the customer/supplier’s native format (most commonly 3D CAD formats). At the forefront of these changes is product development software player PTC, and the company’s 3D product design solution Creo, now on its third version, which offers powerful CAD interoperability and design and efficiency improvements.

0711 pdm  Creo 3.0—CAD Interoperability Figure 1 – Mike Campbell, Executive Vice President, Desktop Products, at PTC Live Global 2014   Today manufacturers live in a diverse computer-aided design (CAD) world, with offshore divisions and outsourced and subcontracted manufacturing more the norm than not. Traditionally, this has entailed a high level of non-value-added effort to import non-native CAD files and to create and maintain duplicate geometry data in different CAD systems. Consequently, companies have Read More

Esterline Korry Selects Aras PLM


Aras, a provider of open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions, recently announced that Esterline Korry, a division of Esterline Corporation, a specialized manufacturing company serving principally aerospace and defense markets, has selected Aras as its enterprise PLM platform. Esterline Korry chose Aras Innovator (reportedly over PTC Windchill) for scalability, flexibility,

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Discrete Manufacturing (ERP)


The simplified definition of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is a set of applications that automate finance and human resources departments and help manufacturers handle jobs such as order processing and production scheduling. ERP began as a term used to describe a sophisticated and integrated software system used for manufacturing. In its simplest sense, ERP systems create interactive environments designed to help companies manage and analyze the business processes associated with manufacturing goods, such as inventory control, order taking, accounting, and much more. Although this basic definition still holds true for ERP systems, today its definition is expanding. Today’s leading ERP systems group all traditional company management functions (finance, sales, manufacturing, and human resources). Many systems include, with varying degrees of acceptance and skill, solutions that were formerly considered peripheral such as product data management (PDM), warehouse management, manufacturing execution system (MES), and reporting. During the last few years the functional perimeter of ERP systems began an expansion into its adjacent markets, such as supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), business intelligence/data warehousing, and e-business, the focus of this knowledge base is mainly on the traditional ERP realms of finance, materials planning, and human resources. The foundation of any ERP implementation must be a proper exercise of aligning customers'' IT technology with their business strategies, and subsequent software selection.

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If There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way


Product lifecycle management (PLM) doesn't work, but it should. Industry's general approach and attitude to PLM mimics the early days of customer relationship management (CRM) adoption, and lessons from that experience should help when tackling the "ifs" and "hows" of PLM investment.

0711 pdm  There's One Thing CRM Tells Us: Don't Do PLM the Same Way Introduction: What Has CRM Got to Do with PLM? Product lifecycle management (PLM) doesn't work, but it should. Fundamentally, the idea that we can design better products and bring them to market more quickly by leveraging knowledge and experience from our own value chain and our customers and suppliers is a sound one. It's just that buying PLM doesn't always make that happen. In my view, industry's general approach and attitude to PLM very much Read More

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The advent and growth of vendors targeting the needs of discrete manufacturing industries proves that the PLM market in this sector has been hot. Agile Software has made a name for itself by providing the tools that support the collaborative exchange of product data, appealing to companies that rely on contractors for the manufacture of its products. For companies whose BOMs change frequently, this integrated capability set has been extremely important, and Agile has thrived in the PLM selection situations requiring extensive external collaboration.

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CPQ Pioneer FPX Becomes Cloud CRM and ERP Go-to Vendor


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