What is PLM Software?
Product lifecycle management (PLM) is an information management system that can integrate data, processes, business systems and, ultimately, people in an extended enterprise. PLM software allows you to manage this information throughout the entire lifecycle of a product efficiently and cost-effectively, from ideation, design and manufacture, through service and disposal.
Diverse functions and technologies converge through PLM, including:
- Product data management (PDM)
- Computer-aided design (CAD)
- Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
- 3D computer-aided engineering (CAE) and simulation
- Mechatronic system simulation (1D CAE)
- Finite element analysis (FEA)
- Modal testing and analysis
- Digital manufacturing
- Manufacturing operations management (MOM)
Product Lifecycle Management Software Helps You Realize Innovation
PLM can be viewed as both an information strategy and as an enterprise strategy. As an information strategy, it builds a coherent data structure by consolidating systems. As an enterprise strategy, it lets global organizations work as a single team to design, produce, support and retire products, while capturing best practices and lessons learned along the way. It empowers your business to make unified, information-driven decisions at every stage in the product lifecycle.
PLM solutions establish a cohesive digital platform to:
- Optimize relationships along the lifecycle and across organizations
- Set up a single system of record to support diverse data needs, so that the right people see the right information at the right time, and in the right context
- Maximize the lifetime value of your business' product portfolio
- Drive top-line revenue through repeatable processes
At Siemens PLM Software, we believe it’s not enough to just digitize your processes, because that only mimics processes digitally for incremental improvement. You need to digitalize: weave a digital thread through ideation, realization and utilization, and make that digital thread of knowledge a proactive agent in driving your business. With a fully optimized Digital Enterprise, you are better equipped to initiate or respond to innovation.
Siemens PLM Software Products: The Smart Innovation Portfolio
Teamcenter helps you deliver increasingly complex products to market while maximizing productivity and streamlining global operations. Teamcenter simplifies PLM by making it easier to achieve your business goals with targeted applications available to do what you need when you need it, ultimately helping you realize innovation.
Active Integration provides a collaborative framework between Teamcenter and other enterprise application systems to enable bi-directional information exchange, making the right data available anywhere across your enterprise.
NX offers the industry's broadest suite of integrated, fully associative CAD/CAM/CAE applications. NX touches the full range of development processes in product design, manufacturing and simulation, allowing companies to encourage the use of best practices by capturing and re-using product and process knowledge.
Solid Edge is a portfolio of software tools that address all aspects of the product development process – 3D design, simulation, manufacturing, design management and more, thanks to a growing ecosystem of apps. Solid Edge combines the speed and simplicity of direct modeling with the flexibility and control of parametric design – made possible with synchronous technology.
Fibersim is a suite of software that supports all of the unique and complex design and manufacturing methodologies necessary for you to engineer innovative, durable and lightweight products and parts made of advanced composite materials.
Syncrofit is a family of specialized engineering products for designing and manufacturing complex assemblies and large aerostructures. It allows you to author and manage the assembly interfaces and hundreds of thousands of fasteners that are typical in an airframe.
Seat Design Environment (SDE) is software that's fully integrated into commercial 3D CAD systems, for designing and manufacturing innovative transportation seat systems and interior components.
Femap is a CAD-independent, solver-neutral, Windows-native pre- and postprocessor for advanced engineering FEA. It provides engineers and analysts with an FEA modeling solution to handle even the most complex tasks easily, accurately and affordably.
LMS provides a portfolio of mechatronic simulation software, testing systems and engineering services. With multi-domain and mechatronic simulation solutions, LMS addresses complex engineering challenges associated with intelligent system design and model-based systems engineering.
Quality Planning Environment (QPE) streamlines the engineering process and the development of 3D model-based inspection plans by reducing – or even eliminating – manual tasks, and standardizes and automates those tasks by enabling the consumption of data directly from the 3D CAD model.
Tecnomatix is a comprehensive portfolio of digital manufacturing solutions that help you realize innovation by synchronizing product engineering, manufacturing engineering and production.