Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software Solutions

ProductCenter® PLM automates your product data and lifecycle processes.

Product Lifecycle Management connects your people to work collaboratively and centralizes and improves the management of all your product data. It streamlines the process steps you employ to create, manufacture, and support your products — from the earliest glimmer of a concept through to retirement.

ProductCenter PLM is proven among many worldwide users and installs readily for immediate gains in product development efficiency. Improve your business results and join the hundreds of leading manufacturers that succeed — even in the toughest of market conditions — through use of ProductCenter PLM solutions.

  • Centralize and interconnect all product information, including parts information, bills of information, requirements, specifications, and even schematics, software, and maintenance manuals; optimize information reuse
  • Automate and accelerate product lifecycle processes to ready products for market such as review cycles, configuration management, and change orders — any business process really that requires workflow
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts and exploit extended product team creativity with better communication, coordination, and improved information access
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with ISO, FDA, and others
  • Connect enterprise systems that drive your business; eliminates costly (and error-prone) re-entering, updating, and maintenance of redundant pockets of product information

Solution Distinction

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software Solutions

Features and functionality of course are very important but there are many more factors to consider when choosing a PLM solution. In addition to being a very comprehensive and capable collaborative Product Lifecycle Management solution, ProductCenter stands out among other PLM solutions with its ability to deploy quickly, deliver rapid ROI, and enable exceptionally low Total Cost of Ownership. It is through these distinctive features and superior service to our customers that ProductCenter delivers the industry’s highest PLM value and quickest time to benefit:

  • Fast, predictable, and low cost deployments, including legacy data migration, in under one month on average
  • Comprehensive out-of-the-box functionality without costly and lengthy customization
  • Multi-CAD, multi-platform for easy operation across mixed enterprise environments
  • Direct SolidWorks, and Autodesk partnerships offering in-house, partner-certified integrations to those applications.
  • Flexible concurrent licensing for cost effectiveness
  • Easy to use Web based interfaces for fast user adoption
  • Requires low administrative support to minimize IT resources
  • Modular and scalable to adapt from workgroup to extended enterprise
  • Recoup PLM investment in under one year on average
  • Time tested, proven solution with numerous documented customer successes

Components

ProductCenter® PLM Components

The ProductCenter PLM portfolio encompasses seven key product lifecycle components designed to enhance your product lifecycle efficiency from initial product concept through to retirement.

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Below you will find more information on each ProductCenter PLM component with links to data sheets on the individual product modules that make up these solutions.

Document Management

ProductCenter® PLM Document Management centralizes and connects all forms of product information. It provides the information accessibility, visibility, and control that you need to better manage — and fully exploit — your entire base of product knowledge. You also benefit with easy-to-use reporting and user customizable PLM portals that keeps management and employees alike abreast of product and project status with live-fed, job-specific content delivered — how, when, and where they need it.

Features:

  • Secure, distributed vaulting
  • Data access across the Web
  • Comprehensive version and revision control
  • User Customized Web Portals
  • Viewable file generation
  • Automated legacy data capture

Product Modules:

Learn more about our Document Management Product Modules:

Design Integration

ProductCenter® PLM Design Integration lets your diverse product teams perform PLM functions as a seamless part of the design and support applications they use daily such as SolidWorks, Microsoft Office, FrameMaker and many others. The result is much wider adoption of PLM that improves the management of every element of product information produced throughout the product lifecycle.

ProductCenter SolidWorks Integrator

Product Lifecycle Management within SolidWorks®

This video demonstrates ProductCenter’s in-depth application integration with SolidWorks. With the ProductCenter SolidWorks Integrator, users are able to conveniently access product data, manage changes, check status, and launch items for approval right from within the SolidWorks design environment.

Features:

  • In-depth application integration
  • PLM within native CAD interface
  • Hierarchy explorer to explode and explore product configurations
  • Quick data query and extraction

Configuration Management

Spreadsheets simply don’t cut it for managing complex bills of material (BOMs). ProductCenter® PLM Configuration Management provides standard organization for parts with various part types and attributes and all information managed and accessible through the ProductCenter Hierarchy Explorer and ProductCenter® PLM BOM Editor. It maintains a more comprehensive, fully integrated — and useful — Bill of Information that consolidates and links every information item used to design, produce, and support your products. For added convenience, it also enables direction population of BOMs directly from CAD models and the exchange engineering BOMs with downstream ERP, MRP, and SCM systems

Features:

  • Comprehensive release management
  • Advanced bills of material management
  • Centralized and synchronized enterprise product data

Product Modules:

Learn more about our Configuration Management Product Modules:

Process Management

ProductCenter® PLM Process Management automates and accelerates repeatable, mistake-proof business processes such as design and change approvals — in fact, almost any business process requiring workflow. ProductCenter Process Management standardizes and automates product development and release processes across your company to save considerable amounts of time and cost off product development schedules and changes, while keeping efforts in check with regulatory requirements such as FDA and ISO.

ProductCenter Workflow

Process Management and Automation

Information must be able to flow both inside and outside of the organization in a manageable but controlled manner. This video demonstrates how ProductCenter Workflow is used to automate business processes and improve efficiency by getting the right information to the right people at the right time.

Features:

  • Process automation including document approvals and release
  • Email notification
  • Engineering change management
  • Regulatory compliance

Product Modules:

Learn more about our Process Management Product Modules:

Product Collaboration

ProductCenter® PLM Product Collaboration offers solutions to facilitate design reviews and collaborative product team meetings, connecting and maximizing the creative input of your people, suppliers, and customers regardless of their location. Also, with the results of online sessions and document markups saved and linked to original files in ProductCenter, you capture those all-important lessons learned to jumpstart future projects.

Features:

  • On-line collaboration sessions
  • View/Markup of over 450 file formats
  • Advanced 3D visualization
  • Meeting results captured and linked to file original in ProductCenter

Product Modules:

Learn more about our Product Collaboration Product Modules:

Bill of Information (BOI)

ProductCenter® Bill of Information

The biggest gains to be achieved in next generation Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) implementations will be seen by companies that adopt a Bill of Information (BOI) approach which enables the real-time management and reporting from the entire compilation of information at any point along a product’s lifecycle – from concept through retirement.

Product companies use the term Bill of Materials (BOM) to describe the components that once assembled, represent a finished product. However, the BOM does not describe how the idea became a product which generated revenue.

With ProductCenter, Essig PLM uses the tern Bill of Information.  Like our DNA, the ProductCenter BOI serves as a comprehensive “blue print” for all of the information about the product, its relationships, and dependencies including the Bill of Materials (BOM) definition.

The ProductCenter BOI captures the entire data set required for design, testing, manufacture, delivery, sale, and support of a product throughout its lifecycle. Having all of this information available allows very tailored and specific pieces of information to be presented to various users, groups, departments and suppliers for example.

The ProductCenter BOI will enhance your competitive edge by:

  • Streamlining product data and processes
  • Reducing development cycle times
  • Improving the quality and reliability of the release to manufacturing and time to market

Read More on the Bill of Information:

The Comprehensive Bill of Information

Companies that adopt a Bill of Information (BOI) approach with their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) implementations will achieve the biggest gains. The BOI enables the real-time management and reporting from the entire collection of information at any point along a product’s lifecycle – from concept through retirement.

Essig PLM, Inc.’s white paper, The Comprehensive Bill of Information, provides insight into the fundamental concepts that make up a BOI, which serves as the “blueprint” that describes your finished product. To fully define your company’s intellectual property it is essential to capture, document and retain the BOI.

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Enterprise Integration

ProductCenter® PLM Enterprise Integration exploits the full benefits of PLM, enabling the exchange of application-independent bills of material with your other critical enterprise applications such as MRP, ERP, and CRM systems. The fully integrated product environment that is facilitated by ProductCenter eliminates redundant pockets of information and re-keying errors between systems. Essig PLM has successfully delivered enterprise integration solutions to applications such as SAP®, Oracle® Manufacturing, SSA Baan™, J.D. Edwards OneWorld, and others, or can provide the tools or work with you to integrate ProductCenter with your own homegrown or legacy systems.

Features:

  • Consolidated enterprise product data
  • XML-based data exchange
  • Web-based information portals
  • Custom solutions

Product Modules:

Learn more about our Design Integration Product Modules:

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    Jason Grimes, Goodrich Turbine Fuel Technologies Technical IS Manager

    We’ve implemented company-wide design standards. We’ve increased cost-effective design reuse and, in tune with our original goals, have elevated design team collaboration and innovation. ProductCenter has had a major impact. I wouldn’t hesitate to say that it has contributed to savings of millions of dollars. – Jason Grimes, Goodrich Turbine Fuel Technologies Technical IS Manager

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