Product data management: from concept to software

PDM is a concept that enables the management of pre-defined product data on the basis of its compilation. PDM is defined as:

“Management of the product and process model with the objective of creating unique and reproducible product configurations.”

In every life stage of a product, users can obtain information about product configurations for the current stage of construction. With PDM software, the updated data and information about products and their development processes are available at the sites in the company where access to this data is required.

The reason for the popularity of PDM solutions lies in the complexity of data generated during a product's life cycle. Those who can control the data can engage in the various stages of product development and optimize processes. With this knowledge, it is important to meet the challenge of shortening development times despite increasingly variable figures. This objective is the crucial factor for increasing a company’s own competitiveness in the global marketplace.

Product Data Management (PDM) is a concept-based management measure using a software solution with the goal of increasing productivity and reducing costs: both in product development as well as in all areas along the supply chain.

Keeping track: Product data management with PDM software

The amount of information in a company today is almost impossible to quantify. Many new procedures and regulations make it difficult to review all the data managed by all systems involved in the product life cycle. At the same time, different data and information are found in different departments of a company. Designers and project participants lose significant time when searching and collating the data. Accessing incorrect or outdated information also costs money and lengthens the development time unnecessarily.

Main reasons and potential uses of PDM