The challenge is to maximize the time-to-market benefits of concurrent engineering while maintaining control of your product-related data throughout the enterprise and distributing that data automatically to the right personnel at the right time and in the right form.
The way PDM systems cope with this challenge is that product master data is held only once in a secure 'vault' where its integrity can be assured and all changes to it monitored, controlled and recorded.
Within PDM the focus is on managing and tracking the creation, change, operation, maintenance and archive of all product related data. The information being stored and managed will include engineering data such as Computer-aided Design (CAD) models, drawings and their associated documentation.
More specifically the typical product information managed through its development and useful life include:
- Part Number
- Part Description
- Vendor Part Number and Description
- Unit of Measure
- Schematic or CAD Drawing
- Material Data Sheets
A PDM solution will also:
- Control check-in and check-out of the product data to multi-user
- Carry out engineering change management and release control on all versions/issues of components in a product
- Build and manipulate the product structure Bill of Materials (BOM) for assemblies
- Assist in configuration management of product variants.
Another great gain with product data management is that it also improves communication and cooperation and forms the basis for organizations to restructure their product-development processes and institute initiatives such as concurrent engineering and collaborative product development.
The result is faster work, greater cooperation, less redundancy, fewer errors, and smoother work flow, which translates into bottom-line cost savings and time reductions.
SE PDM is a fully integrated, automated product management software tool that collects and centralizes your product's data, brings together all of your stakeholders and gives you advanced reporting capability. It provides the technology and processes you need to capture and manage consistent, accurate and reliable data about your products.
SE PDM will streamline the most tedious and time-consuming aspects of your product management , reinforce your decision-making with facts and connect all of your stakeholders to a centralized information loop.
SE PDM is designed to leverage proven business processes, industry best practices and global product compliance with specific industry language and terminology.
The versatility of SE PDM makes the employment of the product data management throughout the organization possible as it offers a complete end-to-end solution to manage all aspects of a product's lifecycle, as well as enabling the organization to control the enormous amount of electronic documents that they produce.
Most importantly, enables organizations to improve overall quality, and reduce costs and risks associated with a growing number of regulatory compliance and corporate governance processes such as those related to the ISO 9000 Quality Guidelines, Sarbanes-Oxley, FDA 21CFR Part 11 Electronic Record Keeping, Good Manufacturing Practices, OSHA Regulations, and others.