Product Data Management (PDM)

The digital future of your product data

Product Data Management (PDM)

Bring together your drawings, documents, and BOMs with a Product Data Backbone.
Product data consists of CAD data, ERP data, and Office documents. This makes it absolutely necessary to provide users with integrated control over the processing of this information. Coordinate your product data and documents across system and department lines using the PRO.FILE Product Data Backbone.

The evolution from PDM to Collaborative PLM

The metamorphosis of drawing management in design and production ecosystems, since the early days of simple CAD data management, has been nothing short of astounding. While it used to be only about storing and finding CAD data, it soon evolved into the ability to connect drawings, documents, and bills of materials and to put them into context with information from ERP systems – marking the step from drawing management to CAD data management to Product Data Management (PDM system).

As this was happening, sometime in the 1990s electronic archiving and document management systems (DMS) started to gain momentum in commercial departments and product-centric companies required the ability to store and manage product related data and documents and match it to their product structure, hence a new form of DMS evolved, DMStec . Companies looking to work seamlessly with product relevant data and documents across department lines will also have to bridge the gap to Product Data Management (PDM) systems. This will give them a unified Product Data Backbone that covers both business related and technical documents. The next step on the evolutionary path is process control of product data and information flows. These types of systems are known as product lifecycle management (PLM) systems.

The objective of any PLM solution is to create a seamless experience, giving everyone along the process chain – from request to design and production to sales – controlled access to a consistent and common data foundation, the Product Data Backbone. Collaborative PLM takes these processes across company lines, marking the last stage in this evolution: digital engineering and with it the digitalization of the entire process chain. With collaborative PLM, processes can be coordinated in real time and across the entire product lifecycle in a way that is connected both internally and externally. Partners, customers, and suppliers are tightly integrated into a company’s workflows with full control over the process. The organic development of these different evolutionary stages, from drawing management to the end-to-end digital transformation of product engineering and product management, is exactly what this knowledge portal will explore in detail.

What PDM does for you:

Without the ability to digitally connecting drawings, documents and BOMs in combination with a bi-directional integration with ERP systems and, in a next step, to control PLM workflows and processes, there can be no digital engineering. With the PRO.FILE digitalization platform, you can always start out with PDM and move on to your PLM processes at your own pace.

Unified product data management with multi-CAD support

CAD drawings and 3D models are crucial to the success of product-centric companies and worth a lot of money. Making this information readily available across the enterprise is one of the key pillars of modern CAD data management.
With a modern PDM solution …
Are you using more than one CAD system?
Accelerate your development by unifying your MCAD and ECAD data management and user experience. PRO.FILE integrates with all major CAD systems, e.g. , Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge or Solidworks. When we talk about product data today, we no longer just mean CAD models, drawings, and bills of materials. It also extends to any product-related information such as specifications, calculations, production notes (NC programs), routings, assembly information and much more. This calls for a PDM system that is able to seamlessly manage every single item across the enterprise.

ERP integration ensures a seamless data flow and avoids transfer errors

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