A further stumbling block on the path to faultless production are outdated drawings and manufacturing documents. They can be avoided by making sure a drawing only exists once – as a neutral PDF, PDF/A, or TIF document – for direct access by all departments. These drawings can be accessed on the ERP workstations in master data management. Drawings are then no longer distributed as plot diagrams in the company, but rather made available digitally on the machine in the production hall. In addition, a parts list can be added to a drawing in the PLM system for the service department.
This also has to work in the opposite direction, in other words bidirectional communication is essential. Employees from development are given access to information in the ERP system. This can include prices or warehouse availability of purchased goods. If the technical purchasing department in a company has agreed on certain favorable terms with its motor supplier, then this usage guideline must be communicated to the engineering department via the integrated CAD/PDM/ERP systems.
How many ERP systems does your PLM/CPQ solution have automated syncs with? It’s worth checking since ready-made interfaces from the PLM/CPQ solution are critical for automatically comparing two domains. Since the ERP landscape is colorful, this means that the more ERP systems can be connected out-of-the-box, the faster the automated transfer of data can be implemented between them.
This creates important added value for the entire value chain and at the same time allows the continuous monitoring needed by a modern company. Innovations, differentiated products, as well as cost and quality improvements are only possible by integrating ERP systems into the PLM world of a manufacturing company.
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