Registration Open for Brussels PLM-IRF Launch Meeting, Help Shape the Future of PLM, PLM Publication Citations, PLM & the BoM


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John Stark Associates                                                                                                                                 December 1, 2014 - Vol16 #24

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Registration Open for Brussels PLM-IRF Launch Meeting
by John Stark
Registration has opened for the Launch Meeting of the PLM International Research Foundation. The meeting will be held in Brussels, Belgium on 27-28 January 2015.

The objectives of the Launch Meeting are:-

  • to review the need for, and potential of, an independent PLM research foundation
  • to present the progress made by the PLM-IRF so far, including the results of the 2014 Survey
  • to define the parameters of 'Advanced PLM Research'
  • to debate the scope, structure and remit of the PLM-IRF
  • to review funding mechanisms
  • to establish the development path for 2015
  • to prepare for next steps, including the US and Asian Launch Meetings, and the formation of a Steering Group

The Agenda includes keynotes from the European Commission and from industry, and covers all of the aims and proposed structure of the new Foundation.

The meeting is open to PLM practitioners and researchers from all types of organisation and from any country. It will enable all those involved in PLM to participate proactively in contributing to its future.

More details, including Registration details, here

Help Shape the Future of PLM
by Roger Tempest
The Brussels Launch Meeting for the PLM International Research Foundation in January will be the first ever global meeting to agree what the future capabilities of PLM should be.

More than 50 organisations worldwide have been involved in the initiative so far. With academic contributions from 28 countries, we now have the clearest and most informed picture of what advanced PLM should look like in 10 years' time.

The question is: "will this advanced PLM ever be realised?". There are 21 new research areas, with collaboration possibilities stretching from Canada to China. If the PLM-IRF comes to fruition, it will create a single PLM research programme that unifies the globe.

That is why the Brussels meeting is so important. None of this will happen unless users, vendors and academics can meet to discuss the hard details. We need to turn the ideas into reality.

The research ideas need to be reviewed, and perhaps more areas need to be included. The structure of the PLM-IRF needs to be decided.

It is likely that it will be a self-standing legal entity, with a Board to manage its operation and a Steering Committee to advise on the research direction. There will need to be some kind of task force, or 'Pathfinder Group', to continue the working programme in 2015. Participants will be needed for this group.

This is an international meeting, and is open to participants from any country. We have notable support from the USA and India, and if the Brussels meeting is successful it may be repeated in those countries. However, being at the Launch Meeting in January can give special insights, and opportunites to influence the way that the initiative moves forward.

The PLM-IRF will generate new knowledge that can lift PLM beyond its current horizons. Be there in Brussels, and help shape the future of PLM.

PLM Publication Citations
According to Google Scholar, as of November 28, 2014 Product Lifecycle Management: 21st Century Paradigm for Product Realisation was the PLM publication most frequently cited in scientific journal articles, technical reports, books and theses.

In recent weeks it has been cited in:

  • PLM System Support for Modular Product Development
  • P2P Data Synchronization for Product Lifecycle Management
  • Organizing Complex Engineering Operations throughout the Lifecycle: A Service-Centred View and Case Studies

PLM System Support for Modular Product Development by Hans Peter Lomholt Bruun, Niels Henrik Mortensen, Ulf Harlou, Michael Wörösch, Mikkel Proschowsky (Technical University of Denmark) was published in Computers in Industry. The key result of this paper is the description of an empirical tested approach using a visual product architecture representation in combination with a PLM system to support the development of a product family of products. The results from the study encompass new PLM capabilities for handling multiple product structures, visualising multiple architectural views on products, controlling interfaces, and quantifying and communicating the status and progress of product-related resources. Details

P2P Data Synchronization for Product Lifecycle Management by Sylvain Kubler, Kary Främling (Aalto University, Finland) and William Derigent (University of Lorraine, France) was published in Computers in Industry. It develops strategies to improve information sustainability in PLM environments using standardised communication interfaces defined by quantum lifecycle management (QLM) messaging standards. Data synchronisation models based upon QLM standards are developed to enable the synchronisation of product-related information among various systems, networks, and organisations involved throughout the product lifecycle. The proposals are implemented and assessed based on two distinct platforms defined in the healthcare and home automation sectors. Details

Organizing Complex Engineering Operations throughout the Lifecycle: A Service-Centred View and Case Studies by Yufeng Zhang (University of Birmingham, UK) and Lihong Zhang (Liverpool Business School, UK), published in the Journal of Service Management identifies key organisational issues in managing complex engineering service operations throughout the lifecycle. Details


PLM & the BoM
by Scott Cleveland
Some years ago, I was working with a company that makes machines that make computer chips. We were discussing their bill of materials. They really didn't want their machines to be 'one-off's' but in order to meet the needs of their customer, they wanted to be responsive.

In their case, they had multiple views of the bill of materials.

As-Designed - They had a bill of materials that was created in engineering representing the original design of the machine.

As-Planned - They had a bill of materials that was modified for manufacturing. This BoM represented what they intended to manufacture.

As-Manufactured - This BoM represented the machine that was manufactured. Their customer would often provide input during manufacturing that would change what got manufactured.

As-Installed - While installing the machine, further changes were made to the BoM. Even after the machine was installed, changes could be made.

As-Maintained - They needed a BoM that represented the machine as it is currently configured so that it can be maintained properly.

Typical BoM ownership
The as-designed BoM is owned by engineering and usually resides in their PLM software.

The as-planned BoM is owned by manufacturing [and finance] and usually resides in ERP software.

The as-manufactured BoM is owned by manufacturing and should be found stored in ERP software.
The as-installed BoM is owned by the service organization. They may have their own software where this BoM is stored or it could be stored in the ERP.

The as-maintained BoM is owned by the service organization. Often they have their own software where they store the information that describes the difference in the BoMs.

If all of this is true, what happens when engineering attempts to create a new model of this machine? Which bill do they start with? They should start with the latest version of the product - the as-maintained BoM. How do they get it?

If you employ a strategy to use PLM software to manage changes to the design [all of the different BoMs] then a change request must be created for each and every change to the as designed BoM. The PLM software will be the change manager and will always have the latest BoM. Engineers will know that the single version of the truth can be found in the PLM software. However, the PLM software should publish the latest BoM to the ERP so that anyone outside of engineering can also see the single version of the truth.

PLM software will be able to show you these 5 different views of the BoM when needed whereas typical ERP software will only show you the latest. Many companies have successfully employed this strategy.

Contact me to learn more about PLM and how it can help your company ....



Scott Cleveland can be contacted on +1 408-464-6387


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