Product Lifecycle Management Information
Product Life Cycle Management
an informational guide to understanding PLM

Product Life Cycle Management

| Elements of PLM



What Are The Elements of PLM Software?

As highlighted by the variety of definitions used to explain Product Lifecycle Management, interpretation of PLM is wide and often specific to each vendor or consulting firm. As a result, there are multiple accounts of the elements that PLM solutions include. According to CIMdata, PLM includes:

  • Management of:
    • Product data and information (both its content and context)
    • The design chain
    • Documents and their associated content (all types, formats and media)
    • Requirements (functional, performance, quality, cost, physical factors, interoperability, time, etc.)
    • Product and project portfolios and product families
    • Assets (plant machinery and facilities, production line equipment)
    • In-service information supporting after sales
  • Program and project management
  • Visualization and collaboration
  • Component supplier management
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Product definition information authoring
  • Product analysis, validation, and simulation
  • Technical Publications such as:
    • Service manuals
    • User guides
    • Assembly instructions

Optimal PLM Architecture

Looking beyond elements typically included in a PLM system, many product organizations turn to a PLM system that offers model-based Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), which deviates from a traditional approach of defining an object model which is hard coded into the services. A more innovative approach separates the two, for a run-time web application framework consisting of loosely coupled/federated web services optimized for performance and scalability which form a service-oriented architecture (SOA). Learn more about the approach now in use at leading global manufacturers.

Sources:
CIMdata | www.cimdata.com
Aras | www.aras.com