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Product Data Management

Product Data Management (PDM) is the foundation for a controlled development process and administers all product-defining data (product model) in the context of technical and organizational business processes (process model).

The product model contains all specifications required for the development, creation and use of the product, such as CAD models and drawings, FEM calculations, circuit plans and circuit board layouts, software source texts, parts and BOM information, production and assembly instructions.

The process model manages, controls and documents the process for creating or changing, releasing and provisioning of all product data.


  • For various CAD and other authoring systems, the management of all generated product data is only insufficiently ensured
  • Product data is not fully managed and therefore often difficult to access or outdated
  • Outdated and invalid data lead to wrong decisions and cause waste and high revision costs
  • Lacking traceability of revision and approval statuses
  • High additional expenditure during audits to ensure conformity with legal requirements and standards
  • Global authorization-based access to sensitive business information
  • Information deficits in the event of planned changes as a result of unavailable parts usage lists
  • Non-existent traceability of decisions
  • If construction and development data are still managed file based: o Time-consuming and incomplete data searches

    • Data statuses are overwritten by mistake
    • Redundant data management through "manual versioning of entire assemblies"
    • High degree of discipline required by all participants o Sensitive data is insufficiently protected
    • Increased expenditure in the management of revision statuses

    • The CENIT solutions for Product Data Management (PDM) comprise a comprehensive product and process model for the management of all development-relevant information and form the backbone for collaboration beyond location boundaries.

      • All data of conventional CAD system can be directly integrated within a central management solution
      • All product data is documented by versioning and managed via status networks
      • All relevant product information is up-to-date and accessible for all authorized employees at all times
      • Processing times and transparency of change processes are significantly reduced with electronic workflows
      • Cross-product usage lists create transparency across the entire scope of changes
      • Data storage that is audit-proof and -compliant at any time, as well as traceable development processes
      • Global authorization-based access to product data
      • Online viewing of 3D CAD data with measurement, cutting and redlining
      • ENOVIA V6 is the enterprise PLM solution for the holistic and enterprise-wide management and control of all product data and processes of the entire product lifecycle with consistent methods, models and tools from development and production to sales, maintenance and disposal along the extended logistics chain

        • ENOVIA Live Collaboration (CPF) offers for Product Data Management all functions for the structured storage of product data including 3D viewing, versioning, access control, full text search and workflow control
        • ENOVIA Designer Central (DEC) is available for the highly integrated and user-friendly connection to all conventional CAD systems
        • ENOVIA 3D Live (LIV) provides real-time PLM information on product structures, items and metadata in an immersive 3D environment

      • ENOVIA SmarTeam offers a team-oriented, quickly implemented product data management solution for small and medium-sized enterprises. SmarTeam provides all relevant functions for the management of CAD and product data. Lifecycles are supported by a status network on document types. With the SmarTeam Workflow (WFL), workflow-aided change processes can be implemented company-specifically
      • Assessment and analysis of the entire product development process and all relevant subareas
      • Conception and specification of PDM/PLM introduction and migration projects
      • Consulting with regard to optimizing and implementing the change process by a CMII/certified process consultant
      • When deploying ENOVIA V6 Rapid Application Configuration Environment (RACE), preconfigured and release/compatible standards by Dassault Systèmes are available for quick implementation
  • V6 has made us a great deal more transparent and efficient in terms of development and design. Locating product data is quick and easy, and being able to do parallel work on products saves plenty of time.
    Steve Viehweger, Design, FIBER-TECH