Inter-divisional Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

End2End PLM Solutions for Industry 4.0

International competition and increasing product complexity is forcing manufacturing businesses from all industries to optimize their entire product development process to save time and costs while maintaining at least the same degree of quality. A prerequisite for this is a flexible, collaborative development environment for the administration of the entire product development process.

ENOVIA offers new opportunities of digital collaboration in 3D for small and large businesses and offers them the opportunity to take full command of the development and lifecycle management of even more complex products.


  • Products tend to contain an increasing amount of electronics and software components
  • Multidisciplinary development without a look at the overall system
  • More and more departments and external partners are involved in the development of a product
  • Product data is distributed in various systems without being sensibly linked and without central access
  • Covering the explosion of product variants in niche markets
  • Product complexity increases the more global the customer basis gets
  • Customer needs and quick technical progress call for shorter innovation and development cycles
  • Changes are complicated, are not documented neatly and are not traceable
  • Overall BOM prone to errors or BOM in which all relevant components of a product are included completely and in the correct revision statuses does not exist
  • Extensive costs for the creation and maintenance of own BOMs for special use e.g. for purchasing or assembly. In the case of changes, derived BOMs have to be manually adapted or are no longer up to date
  • Difficult corporate-wide communication, as employees have access to different data and information in distributed systems
  • Missing transparency on topicality of BOMs and the components contained therein
  • Wrong decisions based on outdated and missing information
  • Complicated and error-prone configuration and verification management, high output prior to audits and for certifications
  • 3D data and drawings are not available to many users in the company


  • Reduction of complexity and control of variant diversity
  • Global innovation through collaborative cooperation of all areas of product development
  • Uniform environment for effective creative online collaboration of globally distributed development teams within the extended enterprise
  • Immediate and global availability of product-related information through a central PLM platform for the administration of all relevant product and process information
  • Current BOM information also in downstream process steps/departments available in realtime
  • Date security though secure system architectures and role-based access authorization model
  • Quick and easy overview of all relevant product components (mechanical, electrical, electronic, software) and their dependencies
  • Realistic virtual experiencing of products within the shared 3D environment
  • Immediate deployability of PLM business processes for all phases of planning for new products from development to market launch
  • Optimized coordination and change processes between all development units involved, resulting in shorter development and innovation cycles
  • Audit-compliant traceability of all decisions, changes and configuration versions
  • Lower overall operating costs and shorter ROI though the simple adjustment of changing business requirements and processes


The typical challenges of businesses from all industries and of all sizes in terms of the management of all relevant processes of the product development process can be implemented with a holistic and consistent PLM-based approach:

  • A central PLM database that all applications are based on secures the topicality and the availability of all necessary information
  • Online applications provide information through direct access to the PLM database to locations distributed worldwide. Information can be called in an authorization-based manner by everyone involved in the project in real-time
  • Fully integrated functions, e.g. for requirement, project, product data, document and BOM management are available as options
  • Sensible linking of all data in accordance with the RFLP approach: Requirements, Functional, Logical, Physical
  • Direct integration of standard authoring tools (M-CAD, E-CAD, Office, …) within the PLM backbone
  • Material Compliance Management and connection to the IMDS database
  • Access to all PLM data via a uniform continuous interface. All information is available in one system and can be sensibly linked
  • Visualization of 3D and drawing data directly via web interface for all users
  • PLM metadata (status, revision status, item number, etc.) can be directly shown in the 3D view and projected to the geometry via color marking, in this manner accelerating evaluations and decisions
  • Extensive functions for variant and configuration management
  • Integration in PLM and ERP systems available
  • Use of industry best practices enables the quick adaption of proven processes and standards in your own company


  • Assessment and analysis of the entire product development process and all relevant subareas
  • Conceptual design and specification of PDM/PLM introduction and migration projects
  • Consulting and support in the definition and implementation of integrated item management and BOM processes
  • Analysis, conceptual design and implementation of strategies for the integration of PLM and ERP systems
  • Fast and secure introduction of PLM basic processes on the basis of 3DEXPERIENCE and Ready-to-Grow
  • ITIL-compliant operative support (Application Management Services) for ENOVIA PLM solutions

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