Product Lifecycle Management
We take a comprehensive view of PLM with all of its disciplines – mechanical systems, electronic systems, software and so on.
Each discipline defines its own processes, tools and methods in the lifecycle of the product.
The PLM³ Triangle
Wideburg Solutions created the PLM Triangle. Each side symbolises one dimension of the PLM system. The bottom of the triangle is defined by the tools that support the implementation of processes and are used for the methodical product or project development approach.
Raising PLM to the power of 3 (PLM³) across the three sides of the PLM Triangle represents Management of data for Modular Mechatronic Systems "PLMMM" in Product Lifecycle Management.
Managing the data
Means administration, storage and provision of the correct data to those who need them, at the exact time they need them. This includes aspects such as
- Configuration management
- Approval processes
- Search mechanisms
- Version management/revision
- Access rights
Means integrating and supporting reusable units of your product in your PLM system. This includes topics such as
Means taking into account all disciplines involved in the product life cycle, such as the mechanical system, electronics and software. The individual disciplines differ in both their tools and in the way they think and work. The largest challenge here is the interface between the disciplines. Questions such as
- Which software version belongs to a certain version of the machine?
- Does my control board fit into the space defined by the mechanical system?
- Who selects the electric motor or electronic field devices for a machine?
These questions often keep far too many employees busy, and in many cases cannot be answered definitively.
The discipline (mechanical system, electronics, software, etc.) is a fourth dimension in the PLM Triangle. Since the PLM Triangle is independent of the discipline, the discipline can be incorporated into the PLM model by stacking triangles configured specifically for all disciplines on top of each other. The discipline-specific PLM Triangles can have different areas of overlap at which interdisciplinary interfaces are required.