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CAD PDM, PLM vs ERP*

     
PLM
 
ERP
 
  Focus   Engineering   Accounting  
  Goal   Product management   Resource planning  
  Driver   Projects   Orders  
  Catalyst   Innovation   Transactions  
  Structure   Organic   Rigid  
  Feature   Faster change   Tighter control  
  Data   Complex relations   Simple structures  
  Delivers   New products   Ongoing business  
              *Traditional simplification, not representational of all systems.

PLM and PDM describe engineering data management systems. Essentially, PDM (Product DATA Management) organizes product design and change files according to a standardized schema of relations between documents and projects - usually for a single organization. PDM software focuses mainly on simple data vaulting and release level management. PLM (Product LIFECYCLE Management) automates development process - including data management BUT ALSO enterprise workflow control - often between multiple organizations and external partners, integrating with part lists, analysis, project manufacturing and post-sales workflow for a product's entire "life-cycle". PLM* is one of four corporate ICT "cornerstones", together with SCM, ERP and CRM. PDM is generally viewed as a subfunction of PLM.

Benefits of PDM and PLM

  • "Single Source of Truth" for intellectual property, which is always current and reliable.

  • Controlled access to intellectual property, i.e. CAD data to non-CAD users, shared Project Plans, etc.

  • Integration of PDM, Project management, Quality Control, other "separate" solutions in a single system

  • Transparency into company projects and processes for cost control and resource planning

  • Automation of procedural steps in design approval, change management, etc. formerly carried out manually (or not at all)

  • Cross-departmental information links, i.e. system-reference a cost calculation to vendor CAD files, etc

  • Faster and more agile development process - engineering releases in weeks or months, not years.

  • Share data with vendors, customers, other company systems like ERP or SCM.

  • Full traceability of every step.

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