PLM (Product Lifestyle Management) can be a scary term. Costly, complicated and ‘only for large companies’ are some of the general concerns people will often raise. 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud is a real game changer with regards to most misconceptions around PLM.
Having worked at companies both large and small, I can almost guarantee engineering teams within your organization are wasting hundreds or even thousands of hours per year wrestling and navigating with file-based systems or out-dated PLM/PDM.
1. No more heavy reliance on internal IT Departments
IT departments seem to be a stretched resource at many companies. As well as the day-to-day questions from the ‘regular’ IT users, they are also supporting specialist engineering software and, perhaps an on-premise PLM/PDM system. 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud takes this load away from internal resources and your tenant is then all taken care of by a dedicated external team. Native apps like CATIA can be installed by the user with a couple of clicks. No more waiting days for a software install!
2. File names with ‘New’ or ‘Rev B - Old’ suffixes are a thing of the past!
I’m sure we’ve all seen this or maybe done it ourselves, the most common occurrence is probably individuals adding their initials on to file names. Even companies with documented methodologies and naming conventions fall foul to this practice.
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform provides a complete PLM solution including Revisioning and Maturity States. Naming methodology can be easily followed without convoluted and complicated documentation. Revisioning can be applied in a straightforward and transparent manner with full visibility by anyone with platform access.
3. Where do we keep that file??
Yep – Ever started at a new company and then spent the next few weeks asking your work neighbour where certain files are stored? Oh wait – You’re WFH, there is no neighbour to ask, and on top of that it seems half the files are on his desktop!
The 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a cloud database with powerful search functions. Attributes and ‘6W Tags’ are available to help the user efficiently search and filter data without requiring specific part numbers or having to delve into the depths of a maze-like file system.
4. Are you working on that file? I already opened it!
Teams working file-based across a network will know this one.
True concurrent engineering is pretty much impossible on a file-based system. 3DEXPERIENCE gives complete transparency of who is working on what data set and the status of the data. Engineers can work on separate parts in an assembly and update it in real time. Tasks can be assigned to specific team members and any changes can be fully documented and tracked using Change Management.
5. That hole is the wrong size/wrong position/shouldn’t be there!
Are you a manufacturing company or sending out data for sub-contract manufacture? Expensive mistakes can happen without robust data control. 3DEXPERIENCE includes an easy-to-use life cycling tool where data can be marked as Private, In Work, Frozen, Released or Obsolete. It is clear to anyone using the platform which items are ready for manufacture and which are not. This can be backed up using a complete check and sign off process.
Whether you’re a small enterprise with <3 designers or a larger team of 50+, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is certainly a worthwhile consideration, especially in these changing times. If you’d like to know more, please get in touch with one of the team – We’re here to help!