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How to transform engineering digitalization on a specific PLM system


In business and IT development, systems modeling has multiple meanings and can either relate to the interdisciplinary study of models to conceptualize and construct systems in a business environment. In an engineering context, systems modeling should not be considered as an isolated application but integrated in the engineering process.

This approach to engineering uses models as an integral part of the technical baseline that includes the requirements, analysis, design, implementation, and verification of a capability, system, and product throughout the acquisition life cycle.

In this episode of Minerva PLM TV, Jennifer meets with Dr. Martin Eigner and continues their discussion about Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) evolution and more precisely how to transform engineering digitalization on a concrete PLM system.

Dr. Eigner starts by elaborating on the difference between horizontal and vertical integration of the engineering process.

But first of all, here is a short explanation of model-based engineering.

Model-based Engineering – what, why, and how?

Now, digital models have been around and a common sight in engineering since the late 1960s but today’s focus on Model-based Engineering goes beyond the use of disparate models.

Model-based Engineering moves the record of authority from documents to digital models including:

  • mCAD
  • eCAD
  • SysML
  • UML

It is all managed in a data-rich environment, thus supporting the move from a document-centric to a digital model-centric approach.

Shifting to a model-based approach enables engineering teams to understand design change impacts, communicate design intent and analyze a system design before it is built.

In the episode Dr. Martin Eigner talk about PLM and intelligent integrated Requirements Management, Variance in SysLM, Simulation Management, FMEAs, Digital Twin, Maintenance Repair Order (MRO), and more. He further shares why System Modelling is not an isolated application but integrated with the engineering process.

He concludes the episode by answering commonly asked questions in MBSE and other integrations with PLM.


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About the author

Jennifer Moore

Jennifer Moore has more than 15 years of experience in Business Transformation across different industries. Her extensive experience includes helping companies navigate complex regulatory requirements through software solutions. She has been developing and deploying large, multi-faceted enterprise software project, driving revenues as well as market adoption.

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