An efficient product livecycle management in automotive industries is possible when using smart PLM software.

The right data at the right time in the right context

The digital transformation is taking the product development process to a new level in the automotive sector, more than in any other industry. The development of new car models and versions is becoming increasingly global; many internal departments and external partners have to coordinate their efforts under high time pressures – even if they are separated by different continents and time zones. New electronic and mechatronic features are increasing product complexity. A growing number of collaborations and joint ventures are criss-crossing the industry. In a dynamic environment like this, flexibility is decisive – and the PLM solutions are no exception. On the contrary: to do their work effectively, developers and designers need robust processes and reliable software tools with innovative features. Nowadays, a fast, seamless application rollout just isn't enough.

PLM: THE PRODUCTIVITY ACCELERATOR

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The future belongs to product lifecycle management products that give companies a comprehensive, yet detailed view of their product development and production control. From before the first structural analysis through to virtual prototyping, the software needs to enable precise planning of the results long before production and sales begin. Fit, behavior, functions, performance, costs and reliability: if the CAD information is used intensively and comprehensively, PLM – paired with big data analytics – can become a top-class productivity accelerator.

LOWER DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION COSTS

An end-to-end concept doesn't just manage product data in isolation. It integrates applications, interfaces and processes across different organizational units. As a result, PLM has a fast, positive impact on engineering and production costs: data and information about products and their development processes are always available in the latest version, redundancy-free – a factor that becomes more and more important as downstream departments in the value chain are networked with one another and begin using the PLM software as part of a digital enterprise transformation.

GOAL: DEMAND-BASED MANUFACTURING

The challenges that industrial internet poses to product lifecycle management are already solidifying: with tightly coordinated collaboration in the development network and highly automated production, which will reach the next stage of industrial evolution with the smart factory. The goal of demand-based manufacturing, tightly focused on customer needs and current market demands, has been reached when all material and information flows in the supply chain have been optimized. PLM is the key to capturing this potential.
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