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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Infor PLM Optiva
Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company@s solution features a

plm scm guidebook  PLM Optiva Infor PLM Optiva integrates product design functionality with program management, collaboration, and workflow capabilities. The company's solution features a central data repository that serves as a global backbone enabling a company to capture, share, and manage product development information, and collaborate with its customers and suppliers to bring new products to market at Internet speed. Optiva is a product development software solution for the food and beverage, chemicals, consumer

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


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Mecanica Solutions Inc.


Mecanica Solutions is a certified IBM Advanced Level Business Partner for PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) Software Solutions and services. Our mission is to partner with customers to devise PLM solutions with a competitive advantage that will enable them to develop successful and innovative products. Mecanica Solutions currently offers the full suite of IBM and Dassault Systemes PLM software solutions, namely CATIA, ENOVIA, SmarTeam and DELMIA). We also provide all the related consulting services such as training, short to long-term consulting/staffing engagements, engineering, system and application support and custom software development.

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Selecting a PLM Vendor


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plm scm guidebook  Recommendations Are ERP and PLM Speaking the Same Language? Costs are an excellent example of semantic confusion. Accountants know that cost is a not a single characteristic of an item but a category of characteristics. Without answering a series of questions about the cost, the meaning of it is vague. Is the cost the procurement cost from the supplier? Does it include shipping? Does it include tax and duty? Does it include internal overhead, or is it just direct costs? If it is an assembled item, does Read More

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Hitachi Rail Adopts PTC PLM Globally


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plm scm guidebook  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

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