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TEC Guides Carolina Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project
When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its

catia plm tutorial  Guides Carolina Pad Through a Smooth PLM Software Evaluation and Selection Project When school and office product business Carolina Pad needed help selecting the right product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution to replace its multiple systems running separate departments and offices, the company turned to Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). With TEC's rigorous methodology and decision support system Carolina Pad was able to find its best fit solution in a timely and efficient manner.

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Core PLM for Discrete Industries

The foundation of product lifecycle management (PLM) for the discrete manufacturing industries is product data management (PDM). It covers design and product-related aspects of PLM including management of material specifications, product structures, production processes, design tools, document management, and design collaboration. 

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Hitachi Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally


At the upper-end of the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market, brand new deals are rare, and expanding business with existing customers is much more common. To that end, PTC recently announced that Hitachi, Ltd. Rail Systems has selected the PTC Global Product Development solution based on PTC Windchill PLM technology as its single enterprise platform for global product development throughout its railway vehicle engineering and manufacturing business.

catia plm tutorial  Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally At the upper-end of the product lifecycle management (PLM) software market, brand new deals are rare, and expanding business with existing customers is much more common. To that end, PTC recently announced that Hitachi, Ltd. Rail Systems has selected the PTC Global Product Development solution based on PTC Windchill PLM technology as its single enterprise platform for global product development throughout its railway vehicle engineering and manufacturing business. Read More

Imperial Leverages Lectra Fashion PLM


Imperial, a global provider of menswear and womenswear, leverages Lectra Fashion PLM to streamline its product development process and support its worldwide business growth strategy. Get the details in P.J.’s post.

catia plm tutorial  Leverages Lectra Fashion PLM Lectra , a global provider of integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—fabrics, leather, technical textiles, and composite materials, recently announced that Imperial is implementing Lectra Fashion PLM to reinforce its position in the fast fashion market and support its worldwide business growth strategy.   Founded in Bologna, Italy, in 1978, Imperial provides menswear and womenswear to 4,000 customers across the world. In 2012, Read More

Windchill: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Competitor Analysis Report


This comprehensive product lifecycle management (PLM) knowledge base models modern product and design-related aspects of PLM for both discrete and process industries. It details product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. This comprehensive knowledge base incorporates the criteria of TEC's other PLM knowledge bases.

catia plm tutorial  Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Competitor Analysis Report This comprehensive product lifecycle management (PLM) knowledge base models modern product and design-related aspects of PLM for both discrete and process industries. It details product development and portfolio management, manufacturing process management, ideation and requirements management, service data, and regulatory and compliance criteria. This comprehensive knowledge base incorporates the criteria of TEC's other PLM knowledge Read More

Prodika PLM Solutions


Prodika delivers collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for companies in CPG and Process industries. Prodika PLM Solutions include; Global Specifications Management; Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance Management; New Product Development and Introduction processes; Packaging and Label Management processes, Product Data Synchronization and Syndication; Value Chain Performance Management; Product Portfolio Management; Recipe/Formulation-based Product Design and Virtual Prototyping.Prodika solutions are delivered as managed application services based on the Microsoft .NET platform and a service-oriented architecture. Deployed around the world, Prodika solutions natively support product specifications and collaborative PLM processes in all languages, cultures, and currencies.

catia plm tutorial  PLM Solutions Prodika delivers collaborative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions for companies in CPG and Process industries. Prodika PLM Solutions include; Global Specifications Management; Quality, Safety, and Regulatory Compliance Management; New Product Development and Introduction processes; Packaging and Label Management processes, Product Data Synchronization and Syndication; Value Chain Performance Management; Product Portfolio Management; Recipe/Formulation-based Product Design Read More

PLM for the Fashion Industry


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain.

catia plm tutorial  for the Fashion Industry Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) for Fashion is an evaluation model containing tailored PLM criteria and extra functionalities that serve the specificities of this industry in order to help fashion goods (including apparel, footwear, accessory and home fashion) manufacturers and retailers to achieve more efficient product development, lower cost, and better collaboration and control throughout the whole supply chain. Read More

Critical Components of an E-PLM System


E-business has prompted a lot of vendors to move towards creating electronic product lifecycle management (e-PLM) suites. However, enterprise resource planning vendors with extensive e-commerce initiatives, development staffs, and renewed interest in PLM, are as likely to lead the way.

catia plm tutorial  Components of an E-PLM System Background Electronic product lifecycle management (e-PLM) is an evolving and collaborative application suite that is building steam and gaining momentum thanks to e-business. However, most traditional product data management (PDM), computer-aided design (CAD) integration, and project management vendors cannot yet offer a complete suite of applications to meet all e-business requirements. Traditional enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors with heavy investment in e Read More

Kalypso and Integware Merge PLM Practices


Kalypso has recently merged with Integware, a fellow consulting firm with expertise in product lifecycle management (PLM), particularly in the life sciences industry. In addition to the life sciences, the merger expands the firms’ presence in the aerospace and defense (A&D), automotive, and energy industries.

catia plm tutorial  and Integware Merge PLM Practices Kalypso has recently merged with Integware , a fellow consulting firm with expertise in product lifecycle management (PLM), particularly in the life sciences industry. For about a decade, Kalypso has been offering a set of services, including objective PLM technology strategy and implementation services in consumer goods, high technology, manufacturing, and retail industries. With the addition of Integware, the combined firm hopes to provide clients with a broader Read More

Infor Releases Optiva 11 PLM


Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the fashion/apparel industry. Indisputably, its most competitive PLM offering is Infor Optiva for process industries such as food, specialty chemicals, and personal care products. Customers provide positive feedback on the product’s capabilities

catia plm tutorial  Releases Optiva 11 PLM Perhaps unique in the industry, Infor has its own product lifecycle management (PLM) offerings for discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, and the fashion/apparel industry. Indisputably, its most competitive PLM offering is Infor Optiva for process industries such as food, specialty chemicals, and personal care products. Customers provide positive feedback on the product’s capabilities related to formula development, labeling, and regulatory compliance. Infor Optiva Read More

Is MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations


MAPICS hereby joins the raft of enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors that are making their way into the product lifecycle management (PLM) market by bundling or partnering strategically to embed PLM functions within their suites.

catia plm tutorial  MAPICS Getting the Magic of PLM? Part Three: Challenges and User Recommendations How Magik! Fits with MAPICS For over two years or so, MAPICS , Inc . (NASDAQ: MAPX), possibly the largest global solution provider of extended enterprise applications for discrete manufacturers after acquiring its former competitor Frontstep (see MAPICS to Leap Forward in a Frontstep Way ), has shown both signs of significant changes and a persist number of historically recognizable and invariant tenets of operation. During Read More

Aras and Minerva Win Another PLM Deal


Aras, the leading enterprise-class open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider, recently announced that ABB Epyon, a provider of Internet-based charging infrastructure for all electronic vehicle (EV) charging standards, has selected Aras Innovator and the Electronic PLM solution from Minerva.

catia plm tutorial  and Minerva Win Another PLM Deal Aras , the leading enterprise-class open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution provider, recently announced that ABB Epyon , a provider of Internet-based charging infrastructure for all electronic vehicle (EV) charging standards, has selected Aras Innovator and the Electronic PLM solution from Minerva . ABB Epyon offers a total solution that includes broad charger portfolio supporting all charging standards, specific solutions for all location Read More

What Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean?


What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management. Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true

catia plm tutorial  Does the “P” in PLM Really Mean? What does the “P” in PLM really mean? The question seems ambiguous since PLM may refer to many different things (such as an airport, a university, a railway company, etc.). Okay, so let me clarify what I mean. The PLM I’m talking about here is product lifecycle management . Now, the answer seems quite simple. However, my purpose is not to trick you with this silly question, but to explore the true meaning of “product” under the PLM setting. So, what is a Read More

The PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM


Companies that took an early adopter approach to PLM are beginning to show significant reductions in new product introduction lead times and to benefit from meaningful cost savings by executing a series of focused, high return projects

catia plm tutorial  PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM The PLM Program An Incremental Approach to the Strategic Value of PLM Featured Author - Jim Brown - December 21, 2003 Introduction Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a business strategy that is beginning to gain wide acceptance. Companies that took an early adopter approach to PLM are beginning to show significant reductions in new product introduction lead times and to benefit from meaningful cost savings. The results from the early p Read More

Aras Innovator 10 PLM Platform Is Out


Aras, an established product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, recently announced the general availability of Aras Innovator 10. The latest release provides a new level of PLM platform scalability for enterprises with global supply chains (requirements for large, extended enterprise user counts and rapidly growing data sets), and introduces an HTML5 browser-based user interface (UI), which makes PLM more accessible for business users.

catia plm tutorial  Innovator 10 PLM Platform Is Out Aras , an established product lifecycle management (PLM) software provider, recently announced the general availability of Aras Innovator 10 . The latest release provides a new level of PLM platform scalability for enterprises with global supply chains (requirements for large, extended enterprise user counts and rapidly growing data sets), and introduces an HTML5 browser-based user interface (UI), which makes PLM more accessible for business users.   The vendor is Read More

Lectra Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry


“I can name more fashion PLM solutions than PLM solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product lifecycle management (PLM) evaluation model geared specifically to the fashion industry. Of course, this was intended as a joke—a fashion PLM solution is still a PLM solution! But, here is the first fashion PLM solution to receive TEC

catia plm tutorial  Fashion PLM Becomes the First TEC Certified Solution in PLM for the Fashion Industry “I can name more fashion PLM solutions than PLM solutions.” This was what I told my colleagues last year when I was working on the creation of a product lifecycle management (PLM) evaluation model geared specifically to the fashion industry. Of course, this was intended as a joke—a fashion PLM solution is still a PLM solution! But, here is the first fashion PLM solution to receive TEC certification. In recent y Read More