Product Lifecycle Management (PLM System)
For Product Engineering and Product Management
The number of products that include a combination of software and electronics is rapidly growing and the requirements placed on flexibility, agility and variant management are therefore continuously increasing. These are the main factors that drive digital engineering and product management, from product engineering all the way to operations, making advanced and forward thinking Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) a must.
The evolution of PLM in the enterprise
Today, PLM is an integrated discipline that covers the entire product lifecycle and is embedded across the enterprise, from requirements management to the processing of IoT data. It needs to take into account the information provided by the mechatronics disciplines, every step on the way. These product related pieces of information come together to describe the product as a digital information twin, which in turn is used to create the digital twin. Digital threads are established, enabling effective impact and change analysis across the product lifecycle. The digital thread feeds back information from the field to the product engineering processes.
The digital information twin
A lifecycle file that is populated with new information throughout the product lifecycle and contains product data and documents that mirror the technical structure of a product, plant or technical infrastructure is a digital information twin. It brings the information stored in the Product Data Backbone into a common context, creating an accurate picture of a piece of machinery or plant.
A digital information twin provides the basis for the digital twin – at any point in the lifecycle from rough design to production, commissioning and operational monitoring. So, before anyone would even consider the virtual commissioning of a product, the underlying data in the PLM system must be complete and consistent.
IoT data that comes back from the field constitutes vital information from which companies can draw conclusions for their product engineering and product management. This data contributes directly to a continuous improvement process (change management), transforming the product lifecycle into a closed loop PLM process.
PLM platforms such as PRO.FILE are ideally suited to establish these types of digital information twins, which, in turn are the key to digital concepts all the way through to virtual commissioning.
The digital thread:
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How will an urgent service call impact changes to a critical part?
Once all the information created throughout the project engineering and product management process becomes available digitally in the Product Data Backbone of a PLM system, the relationships and dependencies within PLM processes, that used to only exist in the heads of relevant employees, are now visible and clearly traceable through the system. This allows companies to draw product engineering conclusions and perform impact analyses for predictive maintenance purposes and to fine tune them to the version at hand. This is what’s called the digital thread.
PRO.FILE: The hub for digital collaboration in product engineering and product management
PRO.FILE serves as a Product Data Backbone and collaboration platform, along the product engineering process and across the entire product lifecycle. By combining it with the collaborative PLM platform PROOM, you can go beyond the in house departments and disciplines involved and seamlessly integrate your external partners, suppliers, and customers, giving you full control over your PLM processes.
Customer reference: 2G Energy AG
With PRO.FILE, 2G Energy now has a PLM solution that allows it to document even its most complex products and to control its technical and business workflows, including a number of Industry 4.0 applications. The flood of digital documents and the need to control them as part of their daily routines used to cause the employees at 2G Energy AG major headaches. Today, the company is a model for interdepartmental collaboration based on PRO.FILE.
We used to have paper-based assembly reports and stacks of copies circulate around the company. Now, the PRO.FILE project dashboard allows us to instantly track the status of any report in any service region and to immediately retrieve the information our customers are looking for.
Christoph Bäumer, Regional Service Manager at 2G
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