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PLM and ERP: Their Respective Roles in Modern Manufacturing


Best in class companies are 1.5 times more likely to have processes that span PLM and ERP systems - Aberdeen Research

In today’s challenging environment, even designing the best product is not enough. You must enable designers, manufacturing and service planners, and other supporting roles like suppliers, logistics, and plant planners to work from anywhere. They must be able to flexibly manage supply chain disruptions, manufacture more variants with agility and speed, and continue servicing products everywhere. Companies are rewarded for doing this right and punished when things go wrong. Leading companies are aligning their people, processes, and tools from the initial state of product ideation through to manufacturing, device connectivity and field service. They are providing access to product and enterprise data – in the context that domain users are accustomed. However, uniting engineering with the factory and supply chain can be complicated, costly, and typically not user friendly. Information might be difficult to access, and systems frequently do not talk to one another.

In this paper, we will focus on two pillars of manufacturing, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). We will discuss best practices/methods and out-of-the-box software used to integrate them for data consistency and quality. This will help you master the production ramp-up and eliminate some of the biggest mistakes. Engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing can work concurrently even if they are spread across the globe and working from home offices – saving time, reducing costs, improving quality, and getting to market faster.