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What is PLM?
Product life cycle management (PLM) is an information system that helps coordinate the information, data and processes associated with the development of a product throughout its life cycle. PLM focuses on the entire life cycle of a product, from concept through end-of-life.
PLM Integration with other PLM, ERP, CAD or legacy systems is important to continued business success
In today’s globalized manufacturing environment, product development is often done in various locations. Partners and vendors are globally dispersed, making communication and data sharing much more of a challenge. When this data is managed throughout multiple data silos, data can be updated in one system and the changes not reflected in other systems. This ultimately results in data inefficiencies, rework and inconsistencies throughout product development, leading to dollars and revenue lost for your company.
Your solution to effective communication throughout the entire product lifecycle is product lifecycle management integration. It’s a way to reflect critical information throughout your systems and get the most up-to-date and accurate data for your product development.
Why can’t one system ‘do it all’?
Integrating product data is a challenge for even the most proficient company. If you were to fully centralize your data (choose one PLM system), then you would be ‘locked in’ to your chosen system and this would prevent future viability of your PLM. Productivity suffers when an end-user is limited to only one tool, which usually requires cumbersome manual integrations. Point-to-point integrations do not scale properly and eventually leave you with budget constraints and limited ability to respond to change. When data is duplicated throughout multiple systems, compatibility issues and unsynchronized processing time will most likely occur. What does this mean for your company?
Incompatible, unsynchronized data leads to inconsistencies in product development and the rework of incorrectly manufactured parts. This additional work means that you will spend more money, more time and more resources on an integration.
As PLM vendors work to keep your data siloed in their system, how can you work efficiently when your data is stored elsewhere: in other business units, other departments – perhaps even other countries? To add to the complexities of integration, smart connected products and blockchain technology have revolutionized product development. These tools provide first rate security and real time data access, but they also add a level of data management to your product development processes. How will you incorporate these into your processes?
Why PLM Integration?
The business benefits of PLM integration include more efficient and faster product development times. PLM integration gives you a better view of your lifecycle across all relevant domains and disciplines. You can be assured that data is visible and up-to-date across your organization and down through your external development partners.
What about PLM ERP Integration?
While there are many types of data integration, PLM ERP integration is designed to increase the efficiency of your business operations. This efficiency comes from PLM’s focus on production and manufacturing and from ERP’s focus on managing your resources, order processing, purchasing, accounting, inventory and manufacturing. Because PLM and ERP are closely related, integration of these two components will streamline your product development processes, as any changes to one system will greatly affect the other. With bi-directional data flow between your PLM ERP, you’ll be able to get accurate data in both systems, thus improving your product development process and allowing you to use each system to its maximum capability.
Consider the benefits of syncing data sets with PLM ERP Integration:
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
What about ALM Integration?
ALM is short for Application Lifecycle Management. ALM helps manage the lifecycle of application development. PLM ALM integration incorporates the integration between your hardware and software systems. ALM is complex and has its own set of software development lifecycle (SDLC) methodologies. Traditionally, these domains followed different development streams. When you integrate both systems, both your hardware and software components are developed in a way that speeds up the entire development process.
Collaboration in product development can be a challenge with so many different CAD file formats existing in the market. The integration of both PLM and CAD ensures that changes are up-to-date since both systems ultimately improve collaboration which reduces rework and improves efficiency.
PLM Integration with Other Business Systems
Regardless of the systems you use, PLM integration will give you a better view of your product lifecycle development. Though integrations can vary in complexity, they are quite manageable with the right software tools and with people who understand the criteria for successful data integrations.
OpenPDM is the Leading Product Suite for PLM Integration
OpenPDM gives you the connectivity to get consistent, always up-to-date, bi-directional data flow within your PLM systems. The solution modernizes outdated, heterogenous IT system landscapes so you don’t lose information integrity between systems.
You get the right information, at the right time so your uses can effectively and efficiently execute their product development processes.
Explore how OpenPDM Integrates other Systems. Select your system below.
- Aras Corp – Aras Innovator
- Arena/PTC – Arena PLM
- Atlassian – Jira
- AVEVA – AVEVA Marine
- Cadmatic – CADMATIC
- Contact – Contact Elements / CDB
- Dassault Systèmes – 3DEXPERIENCE
- Dassault Systèmes – Cameo Modeler
- Dassault Systèmes – Exalead
- Dassault Systèmes – SmarTeam
- Various – GIT
- Hexagon – Nestix
- IBM – Rational Team Concert
OpenPDM product suite includes: