Product data management (PDM) is the use of software to manage product data and process-related information in a single, centralized system. This information includes Multiple computer-aided design (CAD) data (ECAD & MCAD), models, parts information, manufacturing instructions, requirements, notes and documents. The ideal PDM system is accessible by multiple applications and multiple teams across an organization, and supports business-specific needs. Choosing the right PDMsoftware can provide a company in any industry with a solid foundation that can be easily expanded into a full product lifecycle management (PLM) platform.
At its core, a PDM system provides solutions for secure data management, process enablement, and configuration management.
Workflow and process capabilities enable both internal product teams and external partners to participate in the product lifecycle. A PDM system can help you establish, manage and execute automated workflow-driven processes that reflect company-specific best practices for change planning (what-if analysis), change incorporation (execution), and change verification and communication. A PDM system can also support other established processes, including phase-gate standards.
A PDM system provides the visibility necessary for managing and presenting a complete bill of materials (BOM). It facilitates the alignment and synchronization of all sources of BOM data, as well as all lifecycle phases, including the as-designed, as-planned, as-built and as-maintained states. Just as importantly, the PDM system should provide the change management capabilities that allow you to see the BOM before and after changes are made.
Lifecycle visualization provides sharing and on-demand representations of the product and its underlying assemblies and parts, without the need for a CAD authoring tool or special technical knowledge. Digital mockup capabilities can reduce the need for costly physical prototyping. The JT™ data format is the common 3D language for PLM visualization, and enables visualization and analysis of multi-CAD assemblies.
Digital Design Solutions is a premium provider of Siemens NX CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM software solutions to various industries. DDS current range of products includes NX CAD, NX CAM, NX Nastran, Simcenter, LMS, Dynaform, QForm, Moldex, Rapidauthor.