PLM

Cloud storage for product lifecycle management

Many enterprise software programs are already migrating to cloud-based storage. However, research suggests that platforms such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) have been much faster to embrace the move than product lifecycle management (PLM) programs.

Where is the bill of materials?

The creation of a Bill of Materials (BOM) is a fundamental part of product development. However, manufacturers are often unsure at what stage the BOM comes in. Here we consider the value of creating a BOM early on in a project.

Adding value to PLM for the SME

In Leo Lionni's bestselling book Swimmy, a school of smaller fish team up and swim as one, to avoid being eaten by the larger creatures. The story sums up the challenges faced by SMEs, especially when it comes to product development.

Improving manufacturing with PLM

No one hates being faced with an unexpected problem more than manufacturers. During the design and build process, unplanned events can increase cycle times and have a detrimental impact on working hours and the management of materials.

Bob Hillier, managing director at Design Rule

The human body contains over 600 muscles and more than 200 bones. Although the muscular and skeletal systems fulfil separate functions, they also work together to facilitate movement. PLM and ERP work together in a similar way.

Prepare for product as a service

Global power systems company, Rolls Royce, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its 'Power-by-the-Hour' approach to engine maintenance management, and companies from the automotive, aerospace and industrial sectors are following suit.