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Product Data Management (PDM) is a solution, such as SmarTeam, which solely manages product data, which is typically CAD data. PDM provides the ability to maintain version control of that CAD Data, whilst taking product data through various workflows and process such as design reviews and releases. PDM also maintains the Engineering Bill of Materials (EBoM). For years this was enough for OEMs and manufacturers to maintain their Product Data, but this is no longer the case.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a business platform, such as 3DEXPERIENCE. A business platform expands on the traditional PDM solution as it is not only suitable for managing and maintaining Product Data, but it also allows the organisation to manage any document type, project, programme, EBoM, MBoM, product simulation and much more.

So, Do You Need PLM or PDM?

PLM should always be recommended for scalability. Regardless of the size, industry or goals, organisations always intend to grow. To support this growth there is no point in adopting a PDM as it won’t scale with your company. Businesses adopting PDM will eventually find that they have outgrown that system and must go through the painstaking task of migrating all existing data out of the PDM solution to a PLM Solution.

By adopting a PLM Platform an organisation removes this risk. PLM will meet your current and potential future requirements, safeguarding your business against the potential risks that can raise their head by adopting a solution that isn’t scalable.

With a PLM Platform like 3DEXPERIENCE you can start out by achieving the same tasks as a PDM System would offer, but as business requirements grow you can then start to manage your EBOM and projects within the solution.

As usage of PLM grows an organisation can roll it out to every department, from Customer Services through to Manufacturing. A PLM Platform such as 3DEXPERIENCE offers a solution for Engineering to design and manage CAD Data, and for Manufacturing to complete a virtual build of the product and simulate the entire build process, ironing out potential issues before they happen.

By adopting PLM you’re ensuring that you have a central repository of all your product data, including; specifications, requirements, CAD assemblies, projects, EBoM, MBoM and so much more. This means no matter what direction your business needs to take to adapt to changes within your industry, you can adopt and scale quickly.

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