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The Future for an E-sourcing Solutions Builder
TradeStone will introduce several planning capabilities that bind existing sourcing and order execution functionality, and featuring significant enhancements to

rfq for manufacturing plm  the request for quote (RFQ), the order, and all phases of testing, right through to delivery. Such tools can speed up the product design phase, while making the manufacturing and testing phases up to 30 percent more efficient, which can shave significant length off the supply cycle time. The tools will include a number of components: Time and Action Calendars : Since quality assurance (QA) and control milestones are key to product design and production, keeping tabs on those benchmarks is critical to the

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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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