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
PLM (Product LIFECYCLE Management)
automates development process - including
data management BUT ALSO
enterprise workflow control - often between
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
"cornerstones", together with
CRM. PDM is generally viewed as a subfunction of
Benefits of PDM and PLM
"Single Source of Truth"
for intellectual property, which is always current
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
Automation of procedural
steps in design approval, change management, etc.
formerly carried out manually (or not at all)
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
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