Product Lifecycle Management

The PLM concept

Product Lifecycle Management

The PLM concept

The Product Lifecycle Management concept offers producing companies the perfect opportunity of managing a complex product through its entire service life in an optimal and efficient manner.

As an individual solution concept, PLM provides a uniformed database for all software applications as well as the option of working with all data on parallel basis and across several locations.

The individually developed software generates the sustainable optimization of such processes, decisions and information as lead to the essential improvement of product profitability and operational sequences.



ANALYSIS

Efficiency in product development


A boost in the economic feasibility of methods and processes are of paramount importance to the small but committed team of PLM. In the process, there is one focal point in uncovering optimization potentials and deficits in the production process – from analysis to implementation.
Methods of analysis for the determination of potentials and key figures are worked out for this purpose. This leads to the presentation of areas of optimization including a consideration of economic efficiency.
This is finally followed by the formulation of the respective actions recommended for the individual programming and implementation of the software at the customer’s establishment.

The target and standard of the developers of PLM is

• acquisition (engineering service, external production etc.),
• quality management (quality planning, construction and verification),
• sales (technical marketing),
• utilization and maintenance of product,
• Discontinuation and disposal of product.


METHOD

The PLM methods, PLM data models and PLM IT tools that are available today offer a fundamental basis for improvements, upgrades and redevelopment of the PLM approach.

Since PLM stands out for its complexity, inter-disciplinary integrity and layer multiplicity, a clear demarcation of the future direction of development is an absolute necessity. This can be classified in the following five dimensions:

• the general alignment and specialization of the PLM approach in different areas of application and sectors,
• the PLM users, actors and partners that were observed,
• the phases of the product lifecycle that were taken into consideration,
• the processes that were supported in the product lifecycle and
• the product types that were observed.




The PLM methods, PLM data models and PLM IT tools that are available today offer a fundamental basis for improvements, upgrades and redevelopment of the PLM approach.

Since PLM stands out for its complexity, inter-disciplinary integrity and layer multiplicity, a clear demarcation of the future direction of development is an absolute necessity. This can be classified in the following five dimensions:

• the general alignment and specialization of the PLM approach in different areas of application and sectors,
• the PLM users, actors and partners that were observed,
• the phases of the product lifecycle that were taken into consideration,
• the processes that were supported in the product lifecycle and
• the product types that were observed.


PROCESSES


PLM is the corporate strategy for the manufacture, modification and utilization of the virtual product or virtual facility spanning several sections, locations and companies, on the basis of a virtual IT working platform. Amongst others, the PLM strategy supports the product-related processes:

• Product planning and development,
• Product care


CONTROLLING

Quality is no coincidence! The creation of high-value products requires a high level of specific technical know-how, planning, organization and control.

In a production process, every sequence must therefore be subjected to control and monitoring.

Product faults occur through deficits in the flow of information and communication in all phases of the emergence of the product. The technical system of information PLM is designed to uncover and seal such loopholes as well as fully execute the defined control of the working process in accordance with the process model in the QM manual. It is designed to gradually build up the product model (= virtual product) in accordance with the processes and the application of the engineering systems (CAx, FEM, FMEA, FTA etc.) and in the process, also keep continuous record of all actions. Evidence is thus provided automatically and fully unplanned, of all working stages undertaken in the process including all quality verifications.

• boosting the economic efficiency of the value creation process of the client in a clear and sustainable manner
• subjecting every working stage of the core processes (e.g. product development) to detailed verification
• electronically processing industrial transactions with ideal IT-based processes




Quality is no coincidence! The creation of high-value products requires a high level of specific technical know-how, planning, organization and control.

In a production process, every sequence must therefore be subjected to control and monitoring.

Product faults occur through deficits in the flow of information and communication in all phases of the emergence of the product. The technical system of information PLM is designed to uncover and seal such loopholes as well as fully execute the defined control of the working process in accordance with the process model in the QM manual. It is designed to gradually build up the product model (= virtual product) in accordance with the processes and the application of the engineering systems (CAx, FEM, FMEA, FTA etc.) and in the process, also keep continuous record of all actions. Evidence is thus provided automatically and fully unplanned, of all working stages undertaken in the process including all quality verifications.

• boosting the economic efficiency of the value creation process of the client in a clear and sustainable manner
• subjecting every working stage of the core processes (e.g. product development) to detailed verification
• electronically processing industrial transactions with ideal IT-based processes