Are you sure you are working from the most up to date file? Are your designers losing time trying to locate files or recreate lost files? Are you confident that you’ll manufacture to the correct drawing?
The big challenges as regards controlling product data are threefold:
making sure you can find the data you’ve taken all that time creating
making sure that you are in control of changes and revisions
getting approvals on your engineering changes as they happen
PDM is a tool used by engineers for the management and publication of product data. The information being stored and managed (on one or more file servers) will include engineering data such as computer-aided design (CAD) models, drawings and their associated documents. In a CAD environment, another major element of PDM is version control.
PDM doesn’t just control CAD data though, it also manages other files associated with the project such as the technical specifications of the product, specifications for design and manufacture, and the bills of materials that will be required by production. PDM allows a company to track the various costs associated with the creation and launch of a product too.
Used properly PDM serves as a central knowledge repository for process and product history, and promotes integration and data exchange among all business users who interact with products — including project managers, engineers, sales people, buyers, and quality assurance teams.
Typical information managed in the PDM module includes:
There is nothing more frustrating than spending days designing a part, only to be told from manufacturing that they've actually found something that will "do the job" sitting in storage on another site.
Wouldn't life be so much easier if your company could have their own search engine for CAD data, which would let you filter through all the Intellectual Property (IP) quickly and easily? So if there is a part already designed, sitting on a shelf somewhere, you can simply access the drawings in minutes and see if it can be reused.