Many software solutions have been developed to organize and integrate the different phases of a product's lifecycle. PLM should not be seen as a single software product but a collection of software tools and working methods integrated together to address either single stages of the lifecycle or connect different tasks or manage the whole process. Some software providers cover the whole PLM range (like the Raduga), while others single niche application. Although PLM is mainly associated with engineering tasks it also involves marketing activities. There are several life-cycle models in industry to consider, but most are rather similar.
1.Planning and specifying
The first stage is the definition of the product requirements based on customer viewpoints. The initial concept design work is performed defining the aesthetics of the product together with its main functional aspects. Many different media are used for these processes, from pencil and paper to the specialized software.
2. Developing and analyzing
This is where the detailed design and development of the product's form starts, progressing to prototype testing, through pilot release to full product launch. It can also involve redesign and ramp for improvement to existing products as well as planned obsolescence. The main tool used for design and development is CAD. This can be simple 2D drawing or 3D parametric feature based solid/surface modeling. Such software includes technology such as Hybrid Modeling, Reverse Engineering, KBE (knowledge-based engineering), NDT (Nondestructive testing), and Assembly construction.
This step covers many engineering disciplines including: mechanical, electrical, electronic, software, and domain-specific, such as architectural, aerospace and automotive. Along with the actual creation of geometry there is the analysis of the components and product assemblies. Another task performed at this stage is the sourcing of bought out components, possibly with the aid of procurement systems.
3. Building, producing and delivery
Once the design of the product's components is complete the method of manufacturing is defined. This includes CAD tasks such as tool design; creation of CNC Machining instructions for the product's parts as well as tools to manufacture those parts, using integrated or separate CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) software. This will also involve analysis tools for process simulation for operations such as casting, molding, and die press forming. Once the manufacturing method has been identified CPM comes into play. This involves CAPE (computer-aided production engineering) or CAP/CAPP - (production planning) tools for carrying out factory, plant and facility layout and production simulation. Parallel to the engineering tasks, sales product configuration and marketing documentation work take place. This could include transferring engineering data (geometry and part list data) to a web based sales configurator and other desktop publishing systems.
4. Maintaining and use
The final phase of the lifecycle involves managing of in service information. Providing customers and service engineers with support information for repair and maintenance, as well as waste management/recycling information. This involves using tools such as Maintenance, Repair and Operations Management (MRO) software.
There is an end-of-life to every product. Whether it be disposal or destruction of material objects or information, this needs to be considered since it may not be free from ramifications. But it can be archived only by using high-quality software - and the Raduga is ready to help you on every step! You can read about it right now, and make your decision of buying it after free trial period.