PROSTEP presents OpenCLM: THE solution for the Digital Thread

Darmstadt, July 2021 – Companies in the manufacturing industry face a double challenge when it comes to developing smart products and systems: They need to make the complexity of projects more manageable and at the same time be agile in their response to new requirements. PROSTEP provides them with a new tool for this purpose – OpenCLM, a lean, smart web application for generating digital threads. It ensures data transparency across domain boundaries and makes it possible for everyone involved to trace deliverables and decisions.

Ensuring end-to-end digitalization (digital thread) across different domains involves a considerable amount of effort on the part of those responsible in companies today. Data is typically distributed across a large number of data silos and has to be collated and linked manually. OpenCLM significantly reduces the amount of time and effort this involves. The software creates a directed web of relationships between the information objects in the individual domains. This makes it possible to locate information in heterogeneous system landscapes, record and analyze correlations and statuses, generate reports automatically and meet compliance requirements.

OpenCLM creates digital threads throughout the entire product lifecycle, providing support for a variety of different use cases. Looking forward, the application is used to manage project progress, monitor the quality and compliance of the project results, and communicate changes across domains. Looking backwards, it allows impact analyses, defect management and helps meet traceability requirements in the context of audits.

“OpenCLM is not a new super PDM but rather a lightweight web application that merely links the information objects in the domain systems and provides users with what they need to know in order to perform their work,” states Dr. Steven Vettermann, the manager responsible at PROSTEP.

“OpenCLM helps companies exploit the potential of the digital thread without having to change their IT landscapes or processes. “

Dr. Steven Vettermann, PROSTEP

PROSTEP’s new digital thread application connects heterogeneous system landscapes (PDM/PLM, ERP, ALM (Application Lifecycle Management), etc.) via the proven OpenPDM integration platform and supplements them with additional integration and function modules. Its core functions include the integration of process and project management, maturity validation, the planning of milestones and deliverables (tasks), the coordination of cross-domain changes, and the generation and management of trace links and configurations.

OpenCLM makes it possible to link data and documents from different source systems instead of replicating them while at the same time giving due consideration to process requirements. The links are independent of the IT systems used and remain unchanged even when switching to a new system. The linked data objects are displayed with metadata such as status, change date, owner, etc. in a clear and concise cockpit, so that they can be easily compared with other data versions.

So-called baselines can be created for milestones, given points in time, etc. in order to record certain information. If required, they can also be exported, exchanged, or archived in standardized formats.

Reusable project and process templates ensure consistent and compliant project and product documentation, as required for certification purposes for example.


PROSTEP AG is recognized as a partner to the leading manufacturing companies worldwide. We count the top companies in this industry among our customers. PROSTEP is an independent consulting and solution development company, but also supplies ready-made product solutions. Our strength lies in a combination of industry-specific expertise, process know-how and technological competence. We offer our customers competent consultancy services, a comprehensive range of other services, and innovative solutions covering every aspect of product lifecycle management.

The PROSTEP Group has a current headcount of more than 280 in Germany, Poland and the USA. In addition to its headquarters in Darmstadt, PROSTEP also maintains branch offices in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Saarbrücken, Sindelfingen, Stuttgart and Wolfsburg, as well as in Wrocław (Poland) and in Troy, Michigan (USA).

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