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PLM should meet your current needs and future vision

in the past few years, I have witnessed how many companies choose product lifecycle management (PLM) software. I found such a paradox: on the one hand, this process is very meticulous, to meet current needs and solve existing problems; But on the other hand, from a broader perspective (that is, the difference between coping with competition and leading the industry), this process is inevitably a little short-sighted

what the company seems to do well is to judge where there are problems in its current product development process and where there should be no problems - for example, employees use outdated information, ordered parts are wrong, cycle time is delayed due to communication errors, etc., and engineering errors can't be found until products arrive at the workshop. With the help of PLM suppliers, they identify which software products can solve these problems. They compare various features (this part needs to be very careful and often takes several months), and then buy the software that seems to best meet their needs. Of course, this process is effective to a certain extent. The company has got the functions they need, and from our point of view, Siemens PLM Software has the upper hand in the fierce battle of comparison

however, this process ignores some key things, because it is only limited to simply checking "what's wrong", and cannot solve broader business challenges, truly transform an organization and raise its competitiveness to a higher level. Any well implemented PLM system should improve efficiency and productivity. But I think people should consider the whole product life cycle process from end to end, and how the company's business can continue to evolve in the future, so as to get more from PLM system

look at PLM from a broader and longer-term perspective

if manufacturers do not look at PLM from a broader and longer-term perspective, it is easy to "lay off" their PLM suppliers - except, of course, those who only pursue short-term interests. The second part – to predict what kind of challenges the company will face in the future, because the electromagnetic mode is driven by the principle of electromagnetic resonance – is very difficult, and is often ignored in the process of selecting PLM. Although it is impossible to predict what will definitely happen in the future, the company can prepare for future challenges - at least in terms of PLM system. As for the broader point of view, when you are sorting out your current and future requirements list, please remember that your PLM system can not only manage simple engineering data. A true end-to-end PLM system should a) connect people, processes and information, and integrate current business systems at the same time, b) establish an agile environment to manage change in the environment of global distribution and global outsourcing, c) create, capture, manage and ensure the security of corporate knowledge, so as to best apply it to corporate business, d) and promote the reuse of physical and intellectual capital of the organization

this does not mean that you want to buy features you don't need now. For example, if you don't have demand driven product design now, or if you don't have to deal with regulatory departments, which can increase a lot of cost and weight, especially when these parts are made of machined metal or thermosetting material laminations, it's meaningless to implement PLM functions to support these activities. However, by choosing a PLM system that can cover all basic requirements and continuously expand according to your needs, when your business changes, you can still use a single product information source in a single, integrated environment to meet your product lifecycle needs

many companies underestimate the potential value of a single, integrated PLM environment, but one of our customers from the aerospace industry does not. The company used to have 217 different product development systems and 40 ways to express product development data. The company has 4200 employees around the world who use these systems, but on key product development issues, these employees can't cooperate or use intellectual capital. Therefore, the company's IT department is often exhausted by these systems, which has become a huge burden. After the implementation of Teamcenter PLM system, the company's 217 systems have been condensed to two systems. The cost savings in maintenance and upgrading alone are quite amazing. What is also amazing is that the company's collaboration and knowledge capital reuse capabilities have been greatly improved

the significance of end-to-end in the real business world

how do you judge whether a PLM system is truly comprehensive, has enough scalability, and can meet all your needs? One way is to quickly check the application fields and implementation scope supported by the system - what the system can handle from small companies to global enterprises. Most PLM suppliers can provide an integrated environment for the following three areas: Digital Design (choose high-end and mid-range CAD), digital manufacturing and product data management

but what if your company needs to better convert hundreds of good ideas into one or two innovative new products? If you need to improve supplier relationship management, or you need to track service data and manage maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, what should you do? If your engineer wants to hold a design review, which will involve merging data from different CAD systems into a single virtual model, what should you do, such as collision? Perhaps more importantly, you must improve the visibility of higher management into the product development process

if you own a small and medium-sized enterprise, but hope that the scale in the future will be much larger than now, what should you do? Or if you are already a member of a multinational company and need to serve tens of thousands of users, what should you do? You may not think of asking your PLM supplier for help to solve all these problems, but now integrated solutions such as Teamcenter can not only support all these aspects of the product development process, but also provide you with other support

focus on results

in the process of selecting PLM, the first key step is to clearly understand all areas that can benefit from PLM and your long-term growth needs. However, the last thing that really matters is what creates value for your business - results. Teamcenter brings a variety of tangible benefits to our customers - shortening time to market, increasing top line revenue growth, reducing product and life cycle costs, improving product quality, improving process efficiency, improving overall productivity, and significantly reducing costs by improving communication and maximizing component reuse

for example, eclipse aviation has long adopted a PLM strategy to support its ambitious goal of providing light jet aircraft at a price slightly higher than $1million. In order to maximize the efficiency of its life cycle process, eclipse uses PLM Software to create a main scheme. This scheme needs to lead a branch from the working cylinder or drill the cylinder to install the oil pressure sensor model, and then use this model to guide the downstream engineering and manufacturing decisions. The PLM solution provides the FAA with documents at each stage of the life cycle, realizes information sharing through real-time collaboration, and has passed the FAA's full aircraft certification with high efficiency

providing end-to-end PLM is not just a theoretical discussion around Siemens PLM Software. This is one of the main reasons why the company chose to implement Teamcenter system instead of other systems. Therefore, when evaluating PLM for your enterprise, determine higher and broader requirements to ensure that your suppliers can meet these requirements. A true end-to-end PLM solution - that is, a solution that can solve every aspect of the product development process, from conception to product Scrap - can translate efficiency into better innovation and excellent product quality, ensuring productivity not only in terms of lower costs, but also in terms of shorter time to market and higher top line revenue growth. (end)

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