Elements of PLM

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What are the Elements of PLM Software?

As highlighted by the variety of definitions used to explain Product Lifecycle Management, interpretation of PLM is wide and often specific to each vendor or consulting firm. As a result, there are multiple accounts of the elements that PLM solutions include. According to CIMdata, PLM includes:

  • Management of:
    • Product data and information (both its content and context)
    • The design chain
    • Documents and their associated content (all types, formats and media)
    • Requirements (functional, performance, quality, cost, physical factors, interoperability, time, etc.)
    • Product and project portfolios and product families
    • Assets (plant machinery and facilities, production line equipment)
    • In-service information supporting after sales
  • Program and project management
  • Visualization and collaboration
  • Component supplier management
  • Digital manufacturing
  • Product definition information authoring
  • Product analysis, validation, and simulation
  • Technical Publications such as:
    • Service manuals
    • User guides
    • Assembly instructions

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