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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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High-tech and electronics, chemical, and oil and gas industries each have their fair share of regulatory requirements to meet, and an increasing number include

and related industries  and Control (IPPC) Directive, and other regulations related to greenhouse gases and other emissions. Moreover, the process of applying and monitoring permits can be labor-intensive. This is because enterprises need to monitor and manage operations and emissions permits to comply with regulations, reduce greenhouse gases and other emissions, and ensure the ability to audit. On the positive side, efficient compliance management can result in competitive advantage. The revenue-generating potential of the

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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