Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

In industry, product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products.  PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.

PLM According to Industry Leaders

Source:  CIMdata

"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." 

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Application Integrations

The vdR Group architects, designs and develops off-the-shelf application integrations and related solutions for partners with clients in design, engineering, and manufacturing.

The cornerstone of vdR’s technology portfolio is a combination of a robust data exchange platform coupled with application specific “adapters”. In some instances the platform and selected adapters are pre-packaged as standalone solutions, while in other instances they are custom adapters developed to support a client’s specific needs.

Our data exchange platform solution is specifically designed to treat the diversity of product data objects such as drawings, parts and assemblies that can be exchanged between various applications.

The associated “data exchange adapters”, or DXAs, facilitate the exchange of data between applications. These DXAs typically link to an application via its native API. DXAs have been developed for various CAD, enterprise content management (ECM), ERP, and PDM/PLM applications.

Autodesk Vault Connect

Autodesk Vault Connect® is an integration product developed for Autodesk. It provides the exchange of data between a client’s Autodesk Vault® environment with that of its corporate system or other business application. The transfer of data can be mapped from Vault to the client’s ERP system, and bi-directionally back, if desired. The process can be automated to allow for updates based on an action such as ‘Release’ in Vault or can be set up to be manually published at any time.

Autodesk Vault Connect® can also exchange data with other target applications; whether they be CAD, PLM, ECM, or ERP.

Aras Innovator


Innovator is an enterprise open source PLM solution offered by Aras Corporation. Aras Innovator is a suite of enterprise software on Microsoft .NET for managing complicated PLM business processes.

a9 AppConnect for Aras Innovator

a9 AppConnect for Aras Innovator™ takes the capabilities of a9 search and provides instant access to enterprise-wide product information of Aras Innovator™, a leading open-source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Aras users can immediately locate any data managed in Innovator including ECO, Product, Part, Document, file data or any custom data.

This includes the ability to view property details and leverage Alcove9’s virtual profile card (VPC) which identifies relationships and structure and enables the user to visualize documents and drawings.

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Aras VPLM for Autodesk

Your company runs Autodesk® design software but you need a scalable, full-featured PLM solution.  Well, it's finally here.  Built on top of Autodesk® Vault Professional, Aras VPLM is a scalable and secure business-ready PLM solution that incorporates users throughout the company into business process workflows and provides advanced enterprise functionality out-of-the-box. 

  • Built on top of Autodesk Vault
  • Business-ready PLM Functionality Out-of-the-Box
  • Extends Processes Across the Company & Supply Chain
  • Drives Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Easy-to-Use Web-Browser Screens
  • Runs on Your Servers & Network