ERP >ERP is the core component of modern manufacturing systems. Read More
MES >MES extends the traditional network to the shop floor. Read More
APS >Advanced Planning & Scheduling is the next evolution of MRP. Read More
PLM >Product Lifecycle Management helps merge engineering and ERP Read More
PLM and PDM are often viewed as interchangeable concepts. Everything that PDM can do, PLM does. But PLM actually encompasses much more data and includes capabilities beyond PDM.
PDM is a system that takes a Bill of Materials from your ERP system, adds some data points that may indicate material specs or sourcing, shop procedures, CAD drawings and other bits of information that help the shop floor produce something. Effectively, PDM takes ERP data and makes it usable to MES. But that's where PDM stops. PLM includes all the features of PDM plus it takes events generated by MES and turns them into usable data for ERP and other management and customer service systems. With PLM you not only know how to manufacture your products you know what happens while they are being manufactured and after delivery, when changes need to be made in product or process and how to bring a product's production to an end.