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Product Lifecycle Management

ERP has Bill of Materials, MES has PDM (Product Data Management), PLM combines them into a single, cohesive picture of a product. PLM systems often go back earlier into the life of a product, capturing mind-mapping sessions and prototyping efforts that occur before a product is ever released into production. Everything that happens over the lifetime of a product is captured into PLM.

Being able to see the past, present and future of products enables greater innovation and shorter time to market. It's easy to see what's been successful and what hasn't, to find similarities in products and processes and to apply improvements across entire product lines.


Key Technologies

  • 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
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Not Just Data

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.


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