Publications PLM: Why product life cycle?

PLM once started as an Engineering Data Management: a tool for engineers. What is the added value of product life cycle management for the engineer? After all the constructor’s task is to design a workable product that complies with the sales requirements. That task ends when releasing the design.

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PLM: What was that about?

A decade ago I started this column with explaining what PLM is meant for. Looking back to the more recent episodes, I especially focused on the details of PLM. This first column after the summer holiday is a great opportunity to go wider again.


PLM: passion for modules

Modular design has tremendous potential. Would it be possible to unlock that potential? In practice, there has not been much new In the last 30 years. I think this is because there is no sharp definition of modular and because the methods are more intuitive than logically substantiated. Can a sharper definition bring more clarity?


PLM: The relevance of design constraints.

In a previous column about the design of modular configurable products it emerged that it is possible to check if a change in a module is safe, provided you know exactly what constraints are in the system. 


PLM: Different models of the same product.

There is still discussion going on as to whether there should be a distinction between an engineering model and a manufacturing model. With configurable products it becomes even worse, because we design product families. 


PLM, how to configure modularly?

The beauty of complex products is that they can fulfill the most sophisticated combinations of functions, but the annoying thing is that everything is related to everything, so that a change in one function can cause an undesirable effect, say an error, in another , even if both functions are functionally unrelated to each other. 


PLM, how do you design modular?

In my previous column I showed a simple example of what a module actually is in a mechanical design. A module is determined by its interfaces. These interfaces are not the usual mechanical interfaces, but they are the specifications that modules of each other ‘ know ‘. 


PLM, how modular can it be?

Some time ago I devoted a trio of columns (year 15 Nrs 6-10) to modularity, a subject that, I fear, is still too little understood. Since those columns treated the subject at a rather abstract level, it seems useful to illustrate the idea by means of a simple but concrete example.


PLM: How to rate modularity?

Last time I discussed what modular design entails: specifying interfaces. The purpose of a module is to be interchangeable: to be able toreplace it with a variant, without first having to test whether it fits. This property is essential in order to work with a product configurator. 


PLM: What makes a good module?

AfAfter an invigorating holiday period, we pick up on modular design. “Decompose your product into modules” is easily said, but what makes a good module? This time I want to elaborate on that question.


PLM: Modular Design: What really is that?

The market needs increasing variety: products that are more specifically adapted to unique customer needs. That means more engineering costs, but those were actually already too high. The solution is sought by more and more companies, especially those of the type engineer-to-order, in modular design in combination with a product configurator.


5 year agreement signed

Recently a 5 year manufacturing and supply agreement was signed between a large global company and the owner of HEMTECH and BME.


Joris Aalberse in ‘The Balkan Talks’ podcast

CEO of Group Jumbo Groenewegen Joris Aalberse starred in the podcast ‘The Balkan Talks’, talking about manufacturing in the Balkans.

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