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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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The Many Faces of PLM Part Two: The Future of the PLM Suite
The future of the PLM Suite will include more applications that cover product-related functionality and further expand the benefits available. As the PLM Suite

resource plm com  Project / Process Management, Resource Management Reduce Engineering Change Cycle Time Supplier and Manufacturing Involvement Product Data Management, Technology Transfer Better Visibility and Communication Business Process Management, PDM, ECO Summary Clearly, Product Lifecycle Management is a broad suite of applications that is still developing in terms of footprint. The PDMA Conference provided an excellent overview of a number of the solution areas that contribute to the PLM value proposition. The

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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Omnify Empower PLM


The Omnify product lifecycle management (PLM) system provides a single location for all members of design and manufacturing teams to share information for designing, manufacturing, and supporting products. Omnify Empower allows visibility into the entire product development process by managing the complete product record including component data, bills of materials (BOMs), engineering changes, documentation, projects, quality assurance and corrective and preventative action (CAPA), and training requirements information. The system is designed to manage product content information such as BOMs, component attributes, design drawings, datasheets, and vendor (manufacturer and supplier) information. It automates requesting, tracking, and executing changes on product information. Omnify leverages an organization’s current environment for implementation without interruption to existing processes. The Omnify PLM solution is built on the Microsoft.NET Framework and supplies out-of-the-box, bi-directional interfaces with computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided engineering (CAE) tools, and enterprise application systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), materials resource planning (MRP), and customer relationship managment (CRM).  

resource plm com  systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), materials resource planning (MRP), and customer relationship managment (CRM). Read More

Can ERP Speak PLM?


Because product lifecycle management (PLM) offers a host of benefits to manufacturers, it has become one of the fastest growing categories of enterprise applications. But a PLM system needs to work hand-in-hand with an enterprise resource planning system, so how can an organization integrate these two enterprise applications, which "speak" in different languages?

resource plm com  solutions from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors. Innovation Is King PLM is not just another module of the ERP system. At the risk of simplifying things too much, PLM enables innovation and relies on flexibility and loosely structured information, while ERP enables control and relies on discipline and structure. Without getting into a philosophical debate, let's examine what that means in practical terms by looking at an example. During the process of developing a new product, companies Read More

CAD-Centric PLM, ERP-Centric PLM, and Organic PLM: What’s Right for You? - Part 2


Part 1 of this blog series started with the assertion that product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions are becoming increasingly important to enterprises, to a strategic degree. However, not all PLM products are created equal, especially in light of their different origins. My post then explored the strengths and weaknesses of the first group of PLM solutions: those coming from

resource plm com  the Big Three  enterprise resource planning (ERP)  vendors, who are SAP, Oracle , and Infor . NGC Software would be an ERP and PLM combination in the fashion/apparel industry. One advantage that ERP providers have over PLM vendors with a CAD background is that their vast suites of business applications allow users to integrate product development with program management/product portfolio management (PPM), supply chain management (SCM), manufacturing execution, and customer relationship management Read More

SAP PLM


SAP PLM integrates all participants in the development process: designers, suppliers, manufacturers, and customers. SAP's product attempts to keep engineering from being a linear value chain, but rather a three-dimensional, collaborative community focused on a common goal. SAP PLM provides a solution for companies that require proactive quality management to improve equipment and plant performance. SAP PLM is delivered through mySAP Enterprise Portal, which is a role-based portal solution. The solution provides Web-based access to internal and external content, applications, and services. SAP PLM integrates with mySAP Supply Chain Management, mySAP Customer Relationship Management, mySAP Supplier Relationship Management, mySAP Exchanges, and SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings.  

resource plm com  Exchanges, and SAP's enterprise resource planning (ERP) offerings. Read More

Forget Everything You Think You Know about ERP (Because That’s All About to Change)


Let’s face it: There’s nothing sexy about enterprise resource planning (ERP). It’s been around forever. It’s big. It’s tough to use and maintain. It’s not flexible enough to do exactly what you want it to do. Or is it? Download this white paper for Infor’s perspective on the evils of “traditional ERP,” and how it may be hurting your business.

resource plm com  nothing sexy about enterprise resource planning (ERP). It’s been around forever. It’s big. It’s tough to use and maintain. It’s not flexible enough to do exactly what you want it to do. Or is it? Download this white paper for Infor’s perspective on the evils of “traditional ERP,” and how it may be hurting your business. Read More

PLM (Vendors) and Lean Product Development-Part 3: Siemens PLM Software


After talking about Dassault Systèmes in Part 2 of this blog series, I’d like to move to another prominent player in the product lifecycle management (PLM) field—Siemens PLM Software. In this blog post, I will give my personal interpretations about the major relevancies between Siemens PLM’s offerings and lean product development (LPD). My first impression of Siemens PLM is the

resource plm com  reducing unnecessary use of resources and non-value-added activities is an explicit starting point that many organizations choose for their LPD initiatives. Within the product development process, many types of waste are rooted in the complexity of today’s products. Product complexity makes the coordination of and collaboration amongst different engineering disciplines (e.g., mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and software engineering) a hectic area in product development. In his keynote Read More

Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report


The PLM product Lectra Fashion PLM (V2R2) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in TEC's PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

resource plm com  Fashion PLM V2R2 for Product Lifecycle Management Certification Report The PLM product Lectra Fashion PLM (V2R2) is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of fashion product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions in TEC's PLM Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth Read More

Labor Utilization Scorecard


If you want to maximize project and company profitability, you need to examine your current resource utilization processes to identify profitability “leakage” in your labor utilization management. Review the Labor Utilization Scorecard to determine where you currently experience gaps and see how a business automation system can help you close those gaps and maximize project and company resource and services profitability.

resource plm com  to examine your current resource utilization processes to identify profitability “leakage” in your labor utilization management. Review the Labor Utilization Scorecard to determine where you currently experience gaps and see how a business automation system can help you close those gaps and maximize project and company resource and services profitability. Read More

Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report


Core PLM and Product Data Management (PDM) for Discrete Industries covers the base foundation of PLM for the discrete manufacturing industries such as automotive, electronics, aerospace and defense, medical devices, complex machinery and others. It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration.

resource plm com  PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report TEC's Core PLM for Discrete Industries Software Evaluation Report allows you to compare and analyze the features, functions, and services of multiple enterprise software solutions. Vendor responses are comprehensively rated on their level of support of for each criterion (supported, not supported, customization, future releases, etc.) to ensure you make and accurate and informed decision. This Software Evaluation Report provides extensive Read More

Can ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions have to work with many other systems, not just ERP, so integration is not a new issue for PLM vendors. Most PLM vendors recognize the need for integration and have addressed the need in their toolkits. The additional work comes from integrating the concepts and semantics of one system to the next, if this business level integration has not already been provided between the two systems. This can be a big challenge for best of breed vendors, who may need to rely on systems integrators for much of this conceptual and semantic integration.

resource plm com  ERP Speak PLM? Part Two: Examples and Recommendations Are ERP and PLM Speaking the Same Language? Costs are an excellent example of semantic confusion. Accountants know that cost is a not a single characteristic of an item but a category of characteristics. Without answering a series of questions about the cost, the meaning of it is vague. Is the cost the procurement cost from the supplier? Does it include shipping? Does it include tax and duty? Does it include internal overhead, or is it just direct Read More

Siemens PLM Software Acquires Camstar MES


Siemens PLM Software recently announced an agreement to acquire Camstar Systems, Inc., one of the proven market leaders in enterprise manufacturing execution systems (MES) software. The acquisition will build on Siemens’ industrial digitalization strategy by broadening its integrated product development and production automation solutions for the electronics, semiconductor, and medical device industries.

resource plm com  PLM Software Acquires Camstar MES Siemens PLM Software recently announced an agreement to acquire Camstar Systems, Inc. , one of the proven market leaders in enterprise manufacturing execution systems (MES) software. The acquisition will build on Siemens’ industrial digitalization strategy by broadening its integrated product development and production automation solutions for the electronics, semiconductor, and medical device industries.   This move represents the latest step in Siemens’ Read More

Mecanica Solutions Inc.


Mecanica Solutions is a certified IBM Advanced Level Business Partner for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Software Solutions and services. Our mission is to partner with customers to devise PLM solutions with a competitive advantage that will enable them to develop successful and innovative products. Mecanica Solutions currently offers the full suite of IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM software solutions, namely CATIA, ENOVIA, SmarTeam and DELMIA). We also provide all the related consulting services such as training, short to long-term consulting/staffing engagements, engineering, system and application support and custom software development.

resource plm com  Solutions Inc. Mecanica Solutions is a certified IBM Advanced Level Business Partner for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Software Solutions and services. Our mission is to partner with customers to devise PLM solutions with a competitive advantage that will enable them to develop successful and innovative products. Mecanica Solutions currently offers the full suite of IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM software solutions, namely CATIA, ENOVIA, SmarTeam and DELMIA). We also provide all the related Read More

Product Lifecycle Management Portfolio


The DS PLM solution suite is embodied in four key brands—CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, and SIMULIA—which form one of the industry’s most comprehensive PLM software portfolios. Used separately or collectively, the vendor’s proven applications define, simulate, and optimize all products, processes, and resources in an all-3D environment powered by an open development platform. With DS PLM V5 solutions, all business processes are linked together—including change management, activity and time management, asset management, and more. By enabling employees to collaborate in real time while accessing and sharing the same up-to-date information, companies can increase communication and speed modification, as well as approval processes. As a result, all organizational groups and processes–from design through marketing to maintenance–can share, reuse, and enhance product information in the pursuit of an optimum business strategy. For Virtual Product Design: CATIA CATIA enables users to simulate the entire range of the industrial design process, from concept to product design, analysis, and assembly. The CATIA product line covers all types of design and engineering needs and seamlessly integrates with the vendor’s other brands. For Virtual Production: DELMIA DELMIA enables manufacturers to digitally plan, create, monitor, and control production and maintenance processes. DELMIA applications provide complete coverage of manufacturing processes. For a Global Collaborative Environment: ENOVIA ENOVIA addresses user requirements across the full spectrum of product and business processes, from small-scale teams to extended enterprises with many thousands of users. The ENOVIA portfolio consists of three product lines: • ENOVIA VPLM—management of highly complex product, resource, and manufacturing processes in medium and large extended enterprises • ENOVIA MatrixOne—collaborative product development business processes for enterprises across a wide range of industries, including synchronicity for semiconductor design data management • ENOVIA SmarTeam—collaborative product data management for small to medium businesses, engineering departments of larger organizations, and across supply chains For Virtual Testing: SIMULIA By building on established technology, respected quality, and superior customer service, SIMULIA makes realistic simulation an integral business practice that enables engineers and scientists to improve product performance, reduce the number of physical prototypes, and drive innovation.  

resource plm com  all products, processes, and resources in an all-3D environment powered by an open development platform. With DS PLM V5 solutions, all business processes are linked together—including change management, activity and time management, asset management, and more. By enabling employees to collaborate in real time while accessing and sharing the same up-to-date information, companies can increase communication and speed modification, as well as approval processes. As a result, all organizational groups and Read More

Plex Online for Discrete Manufacturing ERP Certification Report (2010)


Plex Online is now TEC Certified for online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for discrete manufacturing in TEC's ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary.

resource plm com  online evaluation of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for discrete manufacturing in TEC's ERP Evaluation Center. The certification seal is a valuable indicator for organizations relying on the integrity of TEC research for assistance with their software selection projects. Download this report for product highlights, competitive analysis, product analysis, and in-depth analyst commentary. Read More