According to Wikipedia, PLM came from American Motors Corporation (AMC) as a way to speed up its product development process and to compete with larger competitors in 1985.
So, is PLM speeding up your product development process? Is your company using the full functionality of your PLM system? What are your plans for implementing IoT?
Most companies we work with utilize the minimal functions of their PLM systems. Some companies simply use their PLM as a data repository for CAD files. While others simply us their PLM as the ‘PDF Drawing’ control system – whereas the PDF of the CAD Drawing becomes the master document. So let’s look at what we can do to make PLM a true ‘Product Lifecycle Management’ system.
I call this process the “iPLM” or the ‘integrated Product Lifecycle Management’ process.
As with any other process, the iPLM process has a beginning and an end. That is how we approach the product development process which begins with the ‘need’ or ‘want’ for the product. Essentially your product either begins at the sale or, what I call “competitive moment” where you have to make your product better to compete.
Starting with the ‘Sales Order’ which will reside in the CRM system – once approved we can push the details; Options, Configurations, Color, etc. over to the PLM system which will automatically start the development process. In essence, the Sales Order information becomes the beginning of the Bill of Materials or BOM. Below is a simple graphic that shows how we can evolve the BOM within the PLM system.