The key to delivering successful products today is making the right decision at the right time. And that affects each person involved in the process, at each point of each stage of the life cycle of a product. Every decision that is made ultimately affects success or failure, and allowing each of the stakeholders to make the best possible decision is key.
So what does it take to enable smarter decisions for everyone involved in the product lifecycle?
- The correct information. Nothing more and nothing less than what is needed to complete each task.
- The information when it is needed. Too soon and something may change, too late and I am likely to rush and make mistakes.
- The information in an understandable context. If I have to make assumptions, I am probably wrong.
Teamcenter PLM provides the necessary environment to work with full capacity the development of the product, in a totally collaborative way, from the most initiatory phases of the conception and generation, to the design, commercialization or manufacture of the same.
For more than 20 years, this SIEMENS software has led the PLM industry, being chosen by thousands of companies around the world to become their core of digital transformation in order to innovate and take advantage of the most complete digital twin.
As a foundation, we can rely on three pillars to explain its importance:
Make decisions in a totally collaborative way
For a decision to be effective, it must be informed and collaborative, involving all stakeholders. To support this, a single source of information is required. This easily enables the validation and application of a single business model, or master data model, ensuring that all describe the data in similar terms. Information intelligently integrated into an easy-to-use environment facilitates faster and more accurate access to data. It also enables greater use of embedded business intelligence to turn data into information and information into insight to make smarter decisions.
Another critical component to making smarter collaborative decisions is security. Whether it’s protection against competitors or meeting regulatory requirements of governments or partners, you need to be able to institute security measures that protect a company’s intellectual property but don’t inhibit work.
Working with a single source of information, Teamcenter, allows you to create a single security model that can meet your needs. Security levels can be enacted at any level to prevent unauthorized access to data. It can be adjusted to what type of access is allowed by whom, under what circumstances and when. Whether it applies to internal or external users, you are covered.
Additional formal processes and restrictions imposed by government regulations may also need to be addressed, such as what can be shared with whom and for how long. This is generally known as export control (or in the United States as ITAR – International Traffic in Arms Regulations). Teamcenter supports this unique security requirement with reduced administrative overhead to avoid problems that can mean large fines, loss of business, or incarceration.
Security is further ensured with the ability to establish audit trails to support validation, reporting, and visibility into potential issues.
Teamcenter offers flexible collaboration strategies for internal and external participation. This allows information to be shared intelligently and that best meets the needs of the business.
Additionally, you should look at all knowledge workers who contribute to the success of the product, including non-engineers who must have access to and contribute to the product data and processes. Here Siemens PLM believes in “invisible PLM” or incorporating the most important capabilities required by non-engineers in their native applications, for example Microsoft Word. This allows you to reduce training and overhead and improve the overall user experience.
Companies do not usually suffer from a lack of ideas, but a lack of resources: time, capital, people. Many companies fail to effectively connect planning with execution and thus have global visibility of the business to make smarter decisions.
Through integrated solutions throughout their entire life cycle, Teamcenter enables linking executive planning, through project management, to individual deliverables. Therefore, each stakeholder is running against their own plan.
With detailed schedules and project plans, the timely execution of all tasks can be coordinated.
Deliverables Management enables you to link specific deliverables to a task, so that as a project progresses, people are automatically notified when work is ready, when it is due, and provided the necessary access to information to accomplish it. When a task is completed, the schedule is automatically updated with the appropriate status.
Visibility of all processes across all lifecycle disciplines, including the extended supply chain, makes it possible not only to recognize problems, but also to avoid them.
Manage product complexity
To control complexity, the entire product must be managed. For many products, that means managing the mechanical, electrical, electronic, and software definition in unison. Change in any one of these product areas affects the others. All must remain fully coordinated to arrive at a successful design.
But a product is not the sum of its design. It is also the realization of that design through manufacturing process plans. Manufacturers have worked to optimize the production phase of the product life cycle and must stay in sync with product changes that may affect them.
Product complexity is the new norm. To be successful you must align yourself with the opinion of the market. That opinion is actually a collection of opinions: market, real customer, regulation and internal requirements that must be met in order to have the right product. Consistent management of these requirements is the first step to a new product. The second is determining how to use or balance the use of hardware, software, and electronics in a cost-effective way that allows you to meet or exceed requirements.
This is known as model-based systems design … to design the product before it is designed. Use functional and logical definitions as determined by requirements and test these systems before committing too early to a design line. Changes made during the actual design are costly and time consuming. Teamcenter provides this systems engineering and requirements management approach to modeling and validating products. This initial systems design can be used to drive product design, including simulation, analysis, and verification with traceability from requirement to product component. This leads to better decisions and fewer surprises.
There is the real world with real costs and there is the digital world. It also has associated costs, but they are much lower and things can happen digitally much faster. Using your product’s advanced visualization answers many questions for engineers, vendors, and non-engineering users who must design or build in a physical envelope or purchase the correct components.
Teamcenter is already managing digital product definition that can be applied to virtual product and process validation through simulation and digital manufacturing planning to reduce the number of prototypes. Digital validation can test your product and manufacturing processes long before you commit to product or manufacturing tool design, work instructions, and more.
In conclusion, we can say that under the Teamcenter PLM umbrella, you will be able to:
- Reduce costs, by allowing all interested parties in the product life cycle to find information more quickly that can also be reused.
- Reduce your “time to market”, using a single source of information, in a collaborative environment, minimizing errors and reducing cycle times.
- Increase your success in the market, using the necessary tools to drive the delivery of innovative products on time.