Engineering data management is the foundation to a world-class product development organization's technology tools. PDM (product data management) or PLM (product lifecycle management) provide the backbone upon which rapid product development can successfully and cost-effectively be done.
Whether you want to leverage the Insight PDM that is core to Solid Edge, or manage your product's entire life cycle, from conception through field service and retirement with Teamcenter, the world's leading PLM system, we can help you evaluate, plan and execute your engineering data management plan and help you link to your ERP and other corporate data systems.
Product Data Management was originally considered to be a workgroup data management system intended to provide vaulting and revision control for engineering data such as CAD models and drawings.
Today PDM also typically includes some or most of the following functions:
The core functionality of PDM is included in PLM, but product lifecyle management typically extends to "data consumers" throughout the enterprise and manages a wider range of information about each product, and typically integrates additional collaboration and innovation tools such as:
Most companies today consider PLM to be a broad and long-term strategy which includes data mining, IP management, data connectivity to ERP and other corporate data bases, and innovation management using many of the tools listed above.
Product Lifecycle Management Software Redefines Business
PLM empowers your business to make unified, information-driven decisions at every stage in the product lifecycle. PLM solutions establish a cohesive platform to: Optimize relationships along the lifecycle and across organizations. Maximize the lifetime value of your business' product portfolio. Set up a single system of record to support diverse data needs.
"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.
It is composed of multiple elements including: Foundation Technologies (e.g., architecture, standards, administration, security, visualization, collaboration, reporting and analytics, etc.), Core Functions (information repositories, content management, workflow, product structure, data authoring, and program management), Functional Applications (e.g., configuration management, engineering change control, portfolio, management, requirements management, etc.), and Business Solutions (e.g., new product introduction, supply chain collaboration, etc.) that incorporate best practices and methods."
Insight PDM comes fully integrated with Solid Edge Classic and Premium editions, and licenses can be purchased for all other "data consumers" in your company. Microsoft SharePoint is the core of Insight, and will need to be installed and implemented if not already available through your company's IT environment. Visit the Insight Product Page for more information.
Teamcenter is the world's leading PLM system, ranked in the leadership position in the PLM marketplace by CIMdata every year since 2002. Teamcenter can be installed with basic functionality (PDM) to form the core of your long-term PLM strategy, providing you a platform on which to build and provide continuous process improvement for years to come.
Manufacturing Data Management (MDM) is subset of PLM aimed specially at the management and control of all data required to manufacture parts on the shop floor.
iBOLT proivdes data integration to connect and share data between your key business systems. Acuity uses iBOLT to integrate our Teamcenter and Insight PDM and PLM systems to ERP/Accounting, CRM and other mission critical systems.
Acuity provides a full range of scoping, implementation, training and support services.