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What is PLM

PLM - Product Lifecycle Management

What is Product Lifecycle Management?

Often used as an umbrella concept that includes all aspects of engineering, PLM is an enabling framework to help connect, organize, control, manage, track, consolidate and centralize all the mission-critical information that affects a product. Just as important, PLM offers a process to streamline collaboration and communication between product stakeholders, engineering, design, manufacturing, quality and other key disciplines. PLM helps track information related to safety and control of components especially in aerospace, automotive, medical device, military and nuclear industries.

A robust PLM framework improves the development and management of the Engineering Bill of Material (EBOM), Manufacturing Bill of Material (MBOM), requirements management, sourcing, document storage, collaboration, workflow - and other areas all essential to product development.





How PLM can be used on enterprise scale

PLM should not be seen only as an IT software that represents a central hub containing all data from various systems like CAD, CM, PDM, etc., but also as a business tool that manages all the different information flows from concept, through production, to end of life.

As Cimdata defines it, “PLM is a strategic business approach that applies a consistent set of business solutions in support of the collaborative creation, management, dissemination, and use of product definition information across the extended enterprise, and spanning from product concept to end of life-integrating people, processes, business systems, and information. PLM forms the product information backbone for a company and its extended enterprise.”

Being both a business approach and a software solution, Product Lifecycle Management have shifted from being a purely engineering-oriented tool to an enterprise solution, which enables organizations to create better products in less time, at a lower cost.

Why PLM is useful

Due to the increased product complexity, continuous innovation, and globalization, organizations focus their efforts on partnering with other enterprises in pursuit of better product design and efficient manufacturing. As a proactive reaction to the ever-changing business environment, outsourcing of activities to specialized partners is a common practice, where each partner should have access to relevant data and processes.

The challenge with this is that the data very often is scattered in different systems, file folders, network drives etc., making it difficult to locate and share the correct data. In addition, the product related processes are not integrated, reducing the traceability and visibility in the end-to-end product lifecycle processes.

Selecting the correct Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution can help companies resolve these challenges, providing a solution that supports the end to end lifecycle of the products - all the way from ideation, through requirements management, product design, industrialization to maintenance and end of life. In order to be truly successful with PLM, a system that can be integrated both up- and downstream in the supply chain is required in order to have the flow and control of information as effective as possible.







How we do it?

With the fast tempo of change in today’s business environment, it is essential for organizations to react quickly to the market, have effective supply chain collaboration, and quickly adapt to new technology and customer requirements. Therefore, they need a flexible and resilient system to support and execute their complex processes.

Systems like this should have a solid and at the same time flexible foundation. The Aras® platform ensures all business needs can be fully addressed, upgrades are included in the subscription, and has full set of solutions to support the modern industry.

On top of Aras’ solution, Minerva has developed Medical Device PLM and Electronic PLM, which are pre-packed solutions, specially tailored for the unique needs of the organizations within the Medical Device and Electronic High-Tech Industries.

Platform for Rapid Application Modelling

Aras Innovator® is built upon leading new technologies and its open architecture makes the software flexible, scalable and easy to deploy.

Aras Applications

Aras offers a wide range of business ready PLM software Applications that enables performance driven companies to improve innovation, collaboration and coordination on a global scale.

Minerva Solutions

Minerva is developing Aras solutions, designed to meet your organizations needs and get you working more productively and as quickly as possible. Our solutions are built on common technology framework so you can start where you need and add capabilities over time.

Customers and their PLM experience

From process optimization to overall improvement of the Supply Chain visibility and efficiency - find out why leading organizations are choosing PLM and how are they benefitting from doing so.

Case Study: Micropower

In the past, all product data was spread out over a lot of different databases and files were saved in libraries on different servers, which led to a highly time-consuming process of data extraction. Micropower to action!

Case Study: Aeronamic

Dealing with complex high-tech products makes it crucial for Aeronamic to find a platform that complies with all the specialized work processes and with industry specific regulation requirements.

Case Study: Malvern Instruments

1 million files, that was roughly the amount of data scattered in literally every virtual corner of Malvern Instruments' organization - from hard drives to e-mails and floppy disks. The vast quantities of unstructured information were the main factor behind their decision to find a system enabling a more structured way of centralizing the data.


Read more Customer Studies here.