PLM is the implementation of systems for the integral management of the Product Life cycle. these systems are usually associated with the complementation of computer solutions, but the life cycle of the product currently, is not just software.
The life cycle of the product is a business strategy based on different software applications and technologies that allow any company the integral management of almost all the information related to the product. Betting on a system that centralizes the life cycle of the product, is betting on a system that improves the profitability and efficiency of the industrial companies.
This integral process goes from the conception of the idea, through its design and manufacture, to its service and recycling. One of the most innovative factors of the PLM is the totality of the integration of HR, data, processes and management systems such as ERP.
When we talk about the implementation of PLM, we usually think in a computer solution that allows industrial companies to develop a strategy for managing all the company information.
Making a diagnosis of the companies, regularly there are problems of exchange of information, communication or organization, caused by a loss of efficiencies in various processes, communication problems, generation of inefficient documentation, etc…
These systems are valid for any company regardless of size and sector. However, the first companies to apply this strategy were companies belonging to the automotive and the aeronautical industry.
“The companies that implemented a system for managing the life cycle of the project, there was a significant reduction in costs and time when developing new products and also a better organization of the resources involved in the development of the products”.
With the implementation of different Siemens PLM tools combined with MES manufacturing execution systems such as SIMATIC IT or the suite for research and development R & D suite, we will achieve among others, the following benefits:
- Increase in efficiency
- Streamline the supply chain.
- Adaptation of the industrial processes to market needs
- Synchronizing the manufacturing processes.
- Monitoring the plant processes in real time
Benefits of implementing PLM with a Siemens partner.
Greater efficiency, profitability and productivity. Among the various solutions that can be implemented in Maval, we bet on Siemens PLM, which offers the perfect and personalized system to access all of your process information in real time throughout the company.
It allows, to save documents in a safety database, create different versions and validate them. Documents are understood as any component created with a computer application such as, for example, any office text or a CAD model.
Management of versions in different phases of the project that allow traceability of history
They go through different stages in their life cycle (draft, revised, approved and obsolete). It also allows you to save all the versions and their history, as well as the details of the changes. (who, when and why).
Store, organize and protect data
This system collects all the data related to the product in a single server or in the cloud. Organize all documents and files according to criteria of projects, products, customers.
Search and retrieve information.
Users have powerful mechanisms that allow you to instantly find any document or set of them. Once the specific documentation has been found, the entire structure of information related to it can be known. For example, from a piece find the resources of its design and manufacture.
Share data with users in a controlled manner
Access to the same element or document is allowed simultaneously, avoiding the risk of overwriting it or losing vital inconvenience for the development of the product.
Execute processes and workflows
PLM systems help to execute and control the different processes that users have to do with the information. They allow to define easily and graphically a workflow, indicating the tasks to be carried out, the people involved in them and the rules to be complied with.
Visualize data and documents
In a PLM system, any document can be displayed without the user having installed the application that was used to create it. On the other hand, the manipulation of these is not allowed but the possibility of defining comments to be able to comment on the content.
It is a very important application, since not only do you need to direct and control documents, but these have to be linked with the physical products to which they refer. These relationships are maintained when the article is used in a new project or structure, so that the documentary structure and the product structure are always in sync. This is a feature that clearly differentiates PLM systems from document management systems, which do not manage physical products.
Create structures and lists of materials
Once the products are created, a correct implementation of a PLM system allows the engineering users to relate them among themselves, constituting the hierarchical product structure. This structure may contain items of all types: mechanical, electrical, electronic or software. You can also create structures with options and variants according to configuration criteria. For example, an interrogation to determine the use or not of a certain article or group. Finally, you can generate all kinds of reports such as the bill of materials.
Integrate engineering information with other systems and business computing processes
PLM systems offer functions for exporting the information generated to be used by the other systems of the company. The most important functionality is to automatically transfer the physical products, structures and bills of material to the management system to make them accessible to the logistics and production departments.
Without a product lifecycle management system or PLM, this process has to be carried out manually and does not provide any added value, which implies loss of efficiency and overall efficiency.
Manage design projects and product development
PLM systems offer specific functions to manage projects or sets of projects (programs). Resources can be directed and controlled (machinery, work equipment or raw materials, among others), tasks, costs, times and deliverables.
Trust in a Siemens Partner when facing the digitalization of an industrial project guarantees the best implementation of a PLM system.
In short, if you think that the digitalization and the management of the project cycle will benefit your industrial company, we recommend that you look for the Siemens experts in each country among the true experts.
What Siemens PLM solutions do we offer at MAVAL?
Siemens PLM product life cycle management solutions include: digital product development, digital manufacturing and product data management.
We are a certified company in consultancy and integration of the MES/MOM systems of PLM. We are a reference as Siemens Partner in Spain being specialists in PLM and MES / MOM offering solutions to companies from different sectors.
If you decide for us, you will have the Guarantee of a Siemens partner withgreat experience in various industrial sectors.