PLM and PLMportal


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a term that was coined around the turn of the millennium. Although it has now become established in both the large corporations in the industry as well as small and medium-sized businesses, there are a variety of definitions. Therefore, here you find the definition, which is the basis of the work of the PLMportal. So that the visitor knows what is assumed here.

PLM: interface between virtual and real world

PLM here means the integrated management of all data that arise and are required in the development and manufacture of a product, device, machine or system.

These include the geometrical data of the mechanics as well as data from the disciplines of electrical / electronics and software; the data from research and development as well as the data of production engineering, production planning and production. But it also includes: All data that are needed for the service which is offered for or with the product; all data that arise during the service and the use of the product - even on the Internet; and finally all the data that flow back out of the use into the development and maintenance of the product. If the Internet of Things relates to the industrial value creation, it is part of PLM.

So PLM is not a system but a management concept. It is a management strategy that focuses on a continuous digitalization of the industrial value chain. In this way PLM is one of the preconditions for Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things and Services.

The PLMportal

The PLMportal was put online by Ulrich Sendler in January 2012 in German and English. It has since become the independent hub for the latest news, background information and scientific, research-related posts. It is independent and neutral against both products as well as vendors or manufacturers. Thus it is open to contributions from various sources concerning the issue PLM outlined above.

The term PLM today and the name PLMportal

With the beginning of the digital transformation of the industry as a result of the Industrie 4.0 initiative, with the development of the Internet of Things and the connectivity of all products and their use as a basis for novel services, the role of the term PLM has changed. None of the large providers of such systems - Dassault Systèmes with ENOVIA, PTC with Windchill, SAP with SAP PLM, Siemens with Teamcenter - still uses the term today as an umbrella term for its own software portfolio. No one explicitly markets their system as PLM software. Nevertheless, the term is still used almost unchanged in the industry and by the large providers. And increasingly in the comprehensive sense presented above on this page as a strategic management concept for the optimization of industrial processes.

Therefore I will not delete the term from the name of the PLMportal or rename the portal. The news and background information here have not been restricted to the original topic of PLM for some years now, but explicitly include IoT and industrial Internet as well as the use of Artificial Intelligence for industry and in industry. My readers have followed this development and know that I don't limit myself to pure PLM or use PLM in the old meaning focused on mechanical data.

As always, I am most grateful for comments and suggestions on this question and will not leave them unanswered.