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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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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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Lectra First PLM Software Vendor to Achieve TEC Certification for PLM for Fashion and PLM for the Distribution of Fashion Products and Accessories


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