A Product Information Modeling Framework for Product Lifecycle Management

Product lifecylce management (PLM) is the managing of the project from planning, designing, implementation, sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, to services of finished products. The value of PLM is suited for several industrial segments from customer products, automotive, industrial equipment, energy, electronics, construction, and life sciences just to mention a few. PLM can be integrated with ERP and CRM as well. A strong PLM strategy can shorten the time to market, increase market share, and achieve profitable growth.

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PLM systems or software are the tools for carrying out PLM concepts. Application of PLM concepts helps to keep the entire team updated about every single phase of the product’s life cycle by linking all the information seamlessly. Effective implementation of the PLM process helps teams to collaborate in real-time and ensure quality and compliance standards for the development of product.

PLM Software

PLM Software offers digital solutions by helping in automating the administrative process and allowing adequate time for the team to concentrate on innovation. Though product lifecycle management is possible manually by preparing and maintaining Excel spreadsheet, it takes away lots of time. Moreover, there is always a possibility of error in dosing so. For real time management of administrative processes with precision, use of PLM software is vital for organizing and automating the administrative process.

Product information modeling framework is based on these four core principles:

  • The Core Product Model (CPM) – Developed at NIST, CPM provides the product’s form, function, and behavior aspects. It helps in creating a generic, abstract model with generic semantics. This semantics when embedded with the model usability help in forming the physical and functional characteristics of the product. Moreover, its extensions facilitate connecting design rationale with the product.
  • Open Assembly Model (OAM) – The OAM model is the extension of CPM and provides a standard representation of the assembly with tolerance and kinematics. It defines the standard protocol and hierarchy to be followed for the assembly. The model delivers information about the features of parts and assembly relationship. It includes conceptual assembly as well as the data structure assembly.
  • Design-Analysis Integration Model (DAIM) – DAIM represents a Master Model of the product with a series of abstractions called Functional Models. These models are domain-specific of the product and its transformations.
  • Product Family Evolution Model (PFEM) – This framework captures the design rationale, assembly with tolerance and kinematics information from the conceptual design to the full lifecylce of the product. It defines the evolution of the product and product families. Most importantly, PFEM makes exchanging and using information easier for CAD/CAE/CAM systems.

For better planning, designing, and quality manufacturing of any product from concept to production, the exchange of data between computer-aided design and product lifecylce management has to be seamless. To derive maximum advantage of CAD and PLM systems, contact Zeal Services, a product design expert in Melbourne.

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