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X. G. Ming, J. Q. Yan, W. F. Lu and D. Z. Ma Concurrent Engineering 2005; 13; 311 DOI: 10.1177/1063293X05060135 The online version of this article can be found at: http://cer.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/13/4/311
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CONCURRENT ENGINEERING: Research and Applications
Technology Solutions for Collaborative Product Lifecycle Management – Status Review and Future Trend
X. G. Ming,1,* J. Q. Yan,1 W. F. Lu2 and D. Z. Ma1
School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No. 1954 Huashan Road Shanghai, 200030, PR China 2 Design TechnologyInstitute, Department of Mechanical Engineering, National University of Singapore 9 Engineering Drive 1, 117576, Republic of Singapore
Abstract: In the modern global economy, companies are facing ever-increasing challenges for short time-to-market to enter into the market early, for reduced time-to-volume to occupy the market quickly, and for decreased time-to-profit to get return from marketshortly. Product lifecycle management (PLM) is recognized as one of the key leading technologies to facilitate companies to overcome these challenges, which will offer companies a new way to rapidly plan, organize, manage, measure, and deliver new products or services much faster, better, and cheaper in an integrated way. Following this trend, this study proposes a full scenario of technology solutionsfor PLM based on the complete analysis of business drivers, industry requirements, limit of current solution, and recent state-of-the-art review in the domain related to PLM. Potential industrial impact of the developed PLM technology solutions is analyzed. It is hoped that the proposed PLM technology solutions will form the frontier basis for further research, development, and application of PLMsystems to quickly adapt to the dynamic changing market for industry companies to pursue the most advanced competitiveness. Key Words: product lifecycle management, collaborative product service, product lifecycle process management, product lifecycle knowledge management, product data management.
1. Introduction In today’s highly competitive environment, business requirements always drivetechnology solutions. In response to increasing customer demand and dynamic competition, companies are under high pressure to shorten time-to-market by providing tailored products to the customer for the economy of scope, to reduce time-to-volume via mass production for the economy of scale, and to decrease time-to-profit by increasing the efficiency of the entire lifecycle for the economy of service.These business requirements drive technology needs 1. to speed up product development, 2. to enhance manufacturing and supply capability and capacity, and 3. to improve revenue from lifecycle efficiency. To tackle such challenges, in past decades, with the support of advanced manufacturing technologies, manufacturing industry has shifted from
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mass production, which takes the advantage of scale of production, to concurrent engineering, which optimizes internal enterprise processes, and virtual enterprise, which leverages intellectual capital via collaborative innovation . In such a virtual enterprise environment, companies need to closely...