A Guide to PLM ERP Integration and Case Study

How do you ensure a successful PLM ERP Integration?

Organizations rely on numerous systems for success.  PLM might be your main system, but it isn't the only system critical to  your engineering value chain.  Because your data spans numerous systems, you need a solid solution for synchronization across all domains.  The "plug and play" method of connecting systems may be well known, but in reality it is far from effective.  As products become increasingly complex, integrations become increasingly difficult.  Your organization may have completely customized PLM, in which case you will need to integrate numerous components.

Today's engineering environment relies on an integrated product landscape,meaning that managing complexity is your greatest challenge in product development.  With PLM ERP integration, your product lifecycle must be in sync through:

PLM to ERP

  • PLM to ERP engineering part and BOM structures
  • PLM to ERP manufacturing part and BOM structures
  • PLM to ERP engineering change
  • PLM design record to ERP
  • PLM planning and documentation

​ERP to PLM

  • ERP to PLM cost visibility
  • ERP to PLM process synchronization
  • ERP to PLM manufacturing change
  • ERP to PLM vendor / supplier information
  • ERP to PLM support / manufacturing part and BOM structures

PLM ERP Integration Case Study

Disclaimer: Customer name withheld for privacy.

The Challenge:

A customer came to PROSTEP with the desire to integrate a cloud based PLM with their ERP.  This particular customer develops and markets computer aided measurements and imaging devices and software.  PROSTEP's task was to populate and synchronize the necessary data, including material masters, change masters, BOM and effectivities.   The customer also required reports and email notifications for traceability and confirmation.

The Solution:

Using PROSTEP's OpenPDM base, OpenPDM SAP connector and workflows and triggers, PROSTEP was able to establish a solution to integrate the cloud PLM with ERP.  OpenPDM allowed for on-demand synchronization, a uni-directional flow from the PLM to ERP and support for the material master and BOM creation.

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