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Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report

Core PLM and Product Data Management (PDM) for Discrete Industries covers the base foundation of PLM for the discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense, medical devices, complex machinery and others. 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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CAD-centric PLM, ERP-centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What's Right for You? - Part 1


In this day and age of globalization, ever-shorter new product introduction (NPI) cycles and overall product lifecycles, partner collaboration, and whatnot, product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions have lately increased their strategic significance to enterprises. In his recent Forbes blog post contribution, PTC’s CEO Jim Heppelmann touts PLM as a new path to shareholder value. He

plm decision  many other CAD and PLM providers. SAP and Oracle want to create a center of product information with business data consistency, combined visual and business data analysis, and fully enabled mobile devices to deliver information. In this context, visualization enables communication, data analysis facilitates better decision making, and mobility enables flexibility. The strategy of these ERP vendors’ is to enable better and faster decision making by combining 3D visual information with relevant data from Read More

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This part of the series on Product Life Cycle Management in Process explores the business motivations by review business strategies.

plm decision  at requirements for Process PLM decisions. The business strategies reviewed are: Accelerating Time-to-Market Increasing the success rate of new products Increasing the profitability of products Increasing return on assets Accelerating Time-to-Market Time-To-Market is the delay between an idea, from the marketing department or a customer, to the general availability of the product. The compression of this time leads to greater responsiveness to market demand, greater market share and greater Read More

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About Siemens PLM Software SIEMENS PLM Software, a division of Siemens Industrial Automation (IA), is a global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 56,000 customers worldwide. SIEMENS PLM Software’s major customers include companies in a variety of manufacturing industries around the world, such as Boeing, GM, Toyota, Procter and Gamble (P&G), Intel, Samsung, and Target. SIEMENS PLM Software delivers solutions to customers for product lifecycle management (PLM) including computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided engineering (CAE), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), and product data management (PDM). About Siemens Industrial Automation The Siemens Industrial Automation Group (IA), Nuremberg (Germany), provides products for manufacturing and process industries, as well as the electrical installation industry. The company also provides system solutions such as machine tools, and automation solutions for facilities such as automobile factories or chemical plants. IA also offers software for linking production and management (horizontal and vertical IT integration), and for optimizing production processes.  About the Siemens PLM Portfolio Teamcenter The Teamcenter product line is a family of solutions that enable extended manufacturing enterprises to capture, manage, access, integrate, and leverage diverse types of product information, including product requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents, and product configurations – in a web-native environment. The Teamcenter suite of visualization and collaboration solutions helps companies optimize their product lifecycle management processes by unifying their internal organizations with suppliers, business partners and customers in a Digital Collaboration environment. NX The NX product portfolio, including current products NX, I-deas NX Series, NX Nastran and Imageware provides a set of proven CAD/CAM/CAE solutions for total product engineering – enabling companies to model and validate products and their production processes in an integrated digital environment. The NX solutions deliver strategic advantage to manufacturers by effectively capturing, applying, and sharing knowledge throughout the digital engineering process, significantly enhancing a company’s digital decision making process. Tecnomatix Siemens PLM Software has an extensive, proven record of leveraging decades of industry-specific manufacturing expertise to develop process solutions that transform the world’s leading manufacturers. Siemens PLM Software offers the Tecnomatix suite of best-in-class digital manufacturing applications and production expertise, covering manufacturing engineering through shop floor execution. These solutions are connected together, to legacy systems and to the extended enterprise by an open manufacturing backbone. Tecnomatix is the leading digital manufacturing solution based on technology, market share, industry experience, and world-class customers served. Velocity / Solid Edge The UGS Velocity Series is a comprehensive family of modular, yet integrated solutions addressing the product lifecycle management (PLM) needs of the mid-market. Consisting of a preconfigured family of digital product design, analysis and data management software offerings, UGS Velocity Series leverages the industry’s best practices to provide significant breakthroughs in ease-of-use and deployment. Mid-sized manufacturers can leverage the power of UGS Velocity Series to transform their process of innovation while maintaining a low total cost of ownership

plm decision  processes.  About the Siemens PLM Portfolio Teamcenter The Teamcenter product line is a family of solutions that enable extended manufacturing enterprises to capture, manage, access, integrate, and leverage diverse types of product information, including product requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents, and product configurations – in a web-native environment. The Teamcenter suite of visualization and collaboration solutions helps companies optimize their product lifecycle Read More

The Blurry Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing


Engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing needs a high level of integration between ERP and PLM systems. This article points out that ERP and PLM solutions are moving toward each other to achieve more organic data and process connectivity.

plm decision  Line between ERP and PLM in Engineer-to-order (ETO) Manufacturing Enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) have different business management perspectives—the first focuses on fulfilling physical orders with the respect of optimizing resource use whereas the second focuses on taking care of innovation processes by facilitating product definition collaboration. However, there is an intersection between the two systems. By empowering the consistent accessibility of one Read More

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plm decision  the benefits of a PLM system come from synchronizing the business process that companies use across departments and enterprises. This synchronization needs to include both project and product information, for example the automated routing of new recipes for approval across multiple departments. This drives the need for centralized, integrated project and product information. Product Portfolio Management Another key area of integration is portfolio management. The management of the product portfolio Read More

PLM Fundamentals: A Framework for Approaching PLM Initiatives


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plm decision  to successfully approach any PLM initiative The Product-Lifecycle-Curve Framework   Introduction Figure 1.0, referred to as the Product Lifecycle Curve, illustrates the amount of profit a product contributes to an organizations bottom-line as it passes through time. While the actual curve for any particular product may look somewhat different, the general characteristics will be the same for most. The Investment Phase From the moment a product is conceptualized, resources are devoted to its design Read More

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plm decision  Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally At the upper-end of the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market, brand new deals are rare, and expanding business with existing customers is much more common. To that end, PTC recently announced that Hitachi, Ltd. Rail Systems has selected the PTC Global Product Development solution based on PTC Windchill PLM technology as its single enterprise platform for global product development throughout its railway vehicle engineering and manufacturing business. Read More

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plm decision  Selects PTC’s CAD and PLM Software Vertu, a luxury mobile phones manufacturer that combines handcrafted materials, cutting-edge technology, and a suite of luxury services, recently replaced its legacy computer aided design (CAD) and product lifecycle management (PLM) software with PTC’s equivalent solutions. The company selected PTC Creo CAD software for the product development and PTC Windchill PLM technology for the enterprise backbone to link its design teams together across the globe. Read More

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plm decision  versus Buy - A Long Term Decision Problem Definition Rarely does an enterprise look at developing all their own software, more typically the development decision centers on a specific area, for example customer order management or promotions. These projects are actually two projects in one. The functionality required plus the integration to other software has to be built and maintained. The build versus buy decision is typically seen as a two different options. In reality, a third option exists; Read More

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plm decision  ERP Vendors Take Notice PLM Background Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the foundation that supports the management and automation of product lifecycle processes from early product conceptualization to retirement across multiple organization and enterprise boundaries. Critical to the success of any manufacturer is the ability to utilize the latest electronic commerce technologies available for competitive business advantage, i.e., to leverage them as a secure medium for the flow of trading partners'' Read More