What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management. Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true
refers to the one monitor in front of me. Which number (the product as a model or the product as a concrete piece) should be managed within a PLM system? This question is about the granularity of information that PLM systems deal with—and as such, affects what “product” means to a PLM system. The granularity may range from coarse to fine, including product line, product model, model variation, and individual product (serial number). Thus, the objects being managed in different PLM systems may vary.