A Business Strategy that Goes Beyond Engineering
Product lifecycle management (PLM) manages the data, processes, and people needed to design, build, and service your organization's products. This enterprise-wide strategy creates a "single source of truth" for product information that lowers costs, boosts quality, and fosters innovation. The vdR Group partners with Aras, an industry leading product lifecycle management solution provider, to address today's most critical PLM needs. The material below is summarized in an infographic you can get here.
Reduce Product Costs
Drive efficiency during the design and manufacturing process with less engineering rework and reduced manufacturing scrap.
Boost Customer Lifetime Value
Optimize service and maintenance operations to drive higher customer satisfaction and a tighter customer feedback loop.
Control and predict time-to-market with repeatable change processes, supplier collaboration, project management tools and integrated ERP functionality.
Accurate & Timely Quoting
Streamline quoting and ensure accuracy with configure, price, quote (CPQ) functionality and ERP data integrated into your PLM platform.
Increase Product Quality
Manage quality related processes, tasks, and non-conformance issues during design, manufacturing, and across the supply chain.
Boost Top Line Revenue
PLM isn't just about managing costs! PLM lets your organization respond to market opportunities faster through a culture of barrier-free innovation.
Manage Change Processes
Struggling with spreadsheets and email sign-offs to track ECOs or PRs? PLM streamlines, standardizes and automates workflow processes.
Bill of Materials Management
Manage your bill of materials (BOM) across mechanical, electrical, and software disciplines while seamlessly extending into manufacturing.
Data and Parts Management
Manage parts, documents and CAD files in a single repository with synced local vaults, browser-based visualization, versioning, collaboration, and search.
Connect Business Systems
Integrate development (PLM) and execution (ERP) with an API layer that includes MS Office, CAD tools, active directory and much more.
Visibility and Collaboration
Aras PLM ensures local or distributed teams have the tools to seamlessly work against a single instance while maintaining audit trails and history logs.
Whether you’re designing a new product or re-tooling an assembly line, leverage fully integrated project management tools.
Supply Chain Management
Manage your suppliers with self-serve tools, secure content sharing, supplier corrective action templates, forecasting and AML management.
Manage product quality with templates and workflows for the ISO 9000 family of guidelines, APQP, failure mode analyses, and much more.
Collect, manage and verify requirements across specs, parts, BOMs, and test plans. Aras supports CMMI 5 among other requirement standards.
Mapping PLM Into the Business
PLM is a business strategy extending from new product introduction and sales all the way to support and obsolescence.
During the 1990s, PLM emerged as an extension of Product Data Management (PDM), used to manage CAD data. Most PLM systems today are still closely yoked to their PDM origins. These legacy PLM systems have inherited restrictive data models making it difficult and costly to manage increasing product complexity and adapt to fast-paced market changes. Modern PLM solutions have flexible and adaptive data models that truly allow companies to support the product lifecycle from cradle to grave. The following chart and supporting infographic, "Mapping PLM Into the Business," outline the functional "touch points" of a modern PLM solutions across the enterprise. > Infographic - Mapping PLM Into The Business
All too often, companies struggle to quote what's delivered or find it hard to price products with the confidence they'll make money. The sales process is the actual “headwaters” of product data. It’s critical that quotes work against data controlled in PLM.
Engineering & design is the critical link between sales and mfg. The complexities of this phases involve change management, collaboration, CAD and PDM integrations, BOM management, project management and other functional areas.
Maintaining integrity of a product’s “digital thread” is a serious challenge during manufacturing. Many companies mistakenly transfer ownership of product data to ERP and manufacturing. Instead, it‘s critical to leverage your PLM platform.
Supporting a product requires understanding the delivered configuration, looping customer feedback into formal change processes, and responding to the increasing stream of data from connected products.
Core PLM Business Concepts
The Business of Engineering - Today's winning companies power the business of engineering by supporting product development, manufacturing and field service with flexible processes across the extended enterprise, including suppliers, partners, customers and other stakeholders. > Learn More
The Digital Thread & Digital Twin - Aras' CEO, Peter Schroer, discusses the importance of the "digital thread" and "digital twin." This quick video shows how these concepts are key drivers for a modern PLM strategy and can dramatically improve tractability and decision-making in the enterprise. > Learn More
How Do I Get Started?
Create a “PLM Beachhead” That Drives Immediate Value
The broad scope of PLM can lead to the misconception that it should be implemented as a monolithic solution. This has led to many well intended implementations going over-budget and ultimately failing to drive value and user acceptance.
Just because PLM can do everything, doesn’t mean it should - especially when starting out. Far too many consultants and service providers are happy to help you chase an overambitious PLM initiative when in reality 80% of the value is driven by 20% of a solution’s functional scope. How can this “20%” be identified before time and money are wasted?
The vdR Group emphasizes the importance of data cohesion and process automation as foundational pieces of a PLM solution. Using this approach helps identify the “20%” that drive a majority of the value and produces a solution that scales and extends value throughout the enterprise. Figure 1.1 summarizes this paradigm.
Let's Get the Conversation Started
Contact our PLM community managers to tackle the following questions:
- Identify where to create a “PLM beachhead” in my organizations (e.g. sales, engineering, manufacturing, etc...)
- Understand the Pareto Principle's effect on PLM implementations and how to minimize risk and predict costs
- How to leverage Agile projects management to incrementally build on small “wins” to create a foundation for enterprise-wide value
Meet our PLM Community Managers
David van der Roest
PLM Community Manager
North America, East Coast
+1 (714) 549-2446
PLM Community Manager
North America, West Coast
+1 (714) 921-9300 x102