The pressure in companies to make themselves more attractive in the competition is always present.
In order to keep up to the competition, product development processes need to be constantly improved and made more efficient. There is an incredible number of programs on the market that are designed to improve and simplify collaboration.
These programs provide better communication, transparency and competitiveness to optimize the entire business process.
But how do you know which software is right for your company and whether it makes sense to introduce the PLM concept?
Product lifecycle management and product data management must support the corporate strategy in a holistic way. We develop concepts, processes and IT-Knowhow to provide product data in the best possible way throughout the lifecycle. The lessons learned can thus be traced back to development.
In this page, we provide the basic and important knowledge about product lifecycle management and show what to look for when using such software.
PLM is the common abbreviation for Product LifeCycel Management. As the name suggests, the lifecycle of products is considered. Starting with product designs and ending with decommissioning.
The core of product lifecycle management is development and production. The data in this area is managed with Product Data Management Solutions (PDM systems). In order to ensure a free flow of information, cross-company PDM solutions such as Teamcenter from Siemens PLM Software are used. As a result, suppliers and customers are always on the same level of knowledge. In addition to PDM systems, ERP, CAD and CAM systems are also components of PLM.
Nowadays, the design of products is carried out with 3D CAD systems. The spatial representation offers a better idea of the construction. In aircraft and automotive engineering, the 3D CAD system CATIA from Dassault Systèmes and NX from Siemens PLM Software have prevailed.
In addition to pure geometry data, the goal today is to provide all the necessary information for the product lifecycle, especially for manufacturing.
Manufacturing Engineering deals with the manufacturing processes and production methods. Based on a new or updated product, manufacturing engineering develops processes, tools, machines and equipment to achieve the most efficient production as possible.
Ideally, the design department and manufacturing engineering are in close exchange to ensure a cost-effective production process. Product data management systems usually provide the information platform.
At SWMS, we focus on individual development in the PLM area. We develop software according to requirements, so that you as our customer get the best result and the even better support.
Contact us about your idea and the project idea. Together, we will find a way to implement it successfully.