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Glossary

Terms and definitions to help you understand the foundational elements of PLM software

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3D CAD is a robust technology that allows engineers and product developers to digitally create, test and document three-dimensional objects.

3D modeling describes the use of software tools, such as computer-aided design (CAD) programs, to create 3D digital representations of objects.

3D printing is an additive manufacturing method for the creation of a solid, three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) digital file.

3D software development is used to build software that helps design engineers create and modify three-dimensional models and digital prototypes of new products.

Additive manufacturing refers to adding layer-upon-layer of material using data-driven automation to form a product.

Aerospace composites are high performance raw materials used in the design and development of aircraft components.

ALM is the process of managing all of a software application’s project planning and executions stages, from conception through to discontinuation.

Automated fiber placement (AFP) uses computer-controlled machines to place fiber reinforcements in the fabrication of composite materials.

Autonomous vehicles are automobiles that can operate and navigate without human input by leveraging various integrated technologies.

A blockchain is a database that stores information as across a P2P network instead of a central location.

CAD CAM is the integration of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing software for easy design-change management, concurrent design conception and flexible manufacturing process configuration—especially for the design and manufacturing of prototypes and finished parts.

CAD (computer-aided design) software is used to create, analyze and change 2D and 3D designs and models in a digital environment rather than using manual drafting methods.

CAD student software is functionally the same as the commercial version, but with a different licensing agreement.

Component software is designed to work within a larger application to provide that application with new tools and functionality.

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) is the use of computer software to simulate performance in order to improve product designs or assist in the resolution of engineering problems for a wide range of industries.

Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) commonly refers to the use of numerical control (NC) computer software applications to create detailed instructions (G-code) that drive computer numerical control (CNC) machine tools for manufacturing parts.

Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer programs to create, modify, analyze and document 2D or 3D graphical representations of physical objects.

With configure-to-order, customers make custom selections of product components that a vendor then uses to build the product upon placement of the order.

Convergent Modeling technology enables facet data and B-Rep models to be combined in a unified 3D modeling environment.

Design simulation helps manufacturers verify and validate the intended function and manufacturability of a product under development.

DFMA is an engineering methodology that focuses on simplifying the design of a product to improve ease of manufacture and efficiency of assembly.

A digital enterprise is a company where all business processes are driven by digital technology and big data.

Digital manufacturing is the use of an integrated, computer-based system comprised of simulation, 3D visualization, analytics and collaboration tools to create product and manufacturing process definitions simultaneously.

Digital transformation is the process of digitalizing business processes and information in the pursuit of a more agile and efficient business model.

A digital twin is an exact, virtual representation of a product or process used to virtually validate the performance of its physical counterpart.

Digitalization is the analysis and application of digital data insights to improve products, processes, and operations.

Digitalization in education refers to the use of digital technology to teach students.

eDHRs, or Electronic Device History Records, are paperless, electronic systems within manufacturing execution systems (MES) that enforce production processes and capture all information associated with as-built production records.

Engineer-to-order is a manufacturing process where a vendor works with a customer to design and engineer a product before manufacturing it.

An engineering academy is a sponsored program that provides high school or college students with real-world engineering experience and training.

Environmental compliance management software (ECMS) provides a manageable framework that helps enterprises use sustainable raw materials and reduce waste.

Equipment Maintenance Management Software electronically tracks equipment usage and manages preventative maintenance and corrective maintenance.

Fiber orientation refers to the simulation of the placement of fibers in the fabrication of composite materials.

Finite element analysis (FEA) is the modeling of products and systems in a virtual environment, for the purpose of finding and solving potential (or existing) structural or performance issues.

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Generative design is an engineering approach that uses algorithms to discover every possible iteration of a solution.

A geometric constraint solver is an application that applies parameters to geometric features in two-dimensional (2D) or three-dimensional (3D) designs.

A geometric modeling kernel is component software that provides 3D solid modeling tools to CAD software users in the manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and construction industries

One of the principal standards relating to MOM is ISA-95, the international standard for the integration of enterprise and control systems. ISA-95 consists of models and terminology.

Incoming Quality is the establishment and maintenance of inspection processes that identify defective or out-of-spec parts from suppliers.

Industry 4.0 is a concept that describes the use of digitalization and networked technology to create the 4th industrial revolution.

In manufacturing, lot traceability is readily-available access to the complete history of all manufactured lots, batches and serialized units, spanning production in multiple plants.

Manufacturing compliance comprises the technical, legal, and corporate requirements, regulations, and practices manufacturers must comply with in order to produce and market products.

Manufacturing education uses PLM tools to teach students about simulation, robotics, manufacturing processes, facilities planning, and more.

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) are software solutions that ensure quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process and are proactively and systematically enforced.

Manufacturing operations management (MOM) software provides full visibility into manufacturing processes to optimize manufacturing operations performance.

Quality of design and conformance to specifications provide the fundamental basis for managing operations to produce quality products.

Mechatronic system simulation, also referred to as one-dimensional computer-aided engineering (1D CAE), is an approach to modeling and analyzing multi-domain systems, and thus predicting their multidisciplinary performance.

Modal analysis is the study of the dynamic properties of linear structures, based on structural testing or finite element analysis-based simulation.

Model based systems engineering is a methodology that creates and shares domain models to help systems engineers to exchange information.

A manufacturing nonconformance is an unexpected event that occurs in the manufacturing process that deviates from a set standard or requirement.

Paperless manufacturing refers to the use of software-based electronic systems to monitor and enforce manufacturing production processes, while capturing all information associated with production records.

Platform economy refers to the current transition companies are making from being product-centric to becoming platform-centric via multiple digital capabilities.

Predictive engineering analytics combines multidiscipline simulation, test and intelligent analytics to predict product performance throughout the lifecycle.

Camstar Manufacturing is designed to easily integrate with shop floor equipment, collecting data, tracking results and alerting on process control limits and suspect trends.

Product data management (PDM) is the use of software to manage product data and process-related information in a single, central system.

PLM software manages information throughout the entire product lifecycle from ideation, design and manufacture through service and disposal.

Quality Management Systems (QMS) are software solutions that provide the procedures, processes, structure, and resources necessary to streamline manufacturing and ERP operations and cost effectively manage quality issues.

Reverse engineering is the process of deconstructing a thing to learn how it works, what it’s made of, and how it is assembled.

Selective laser sintering (SLS) is a manufacturing technique that uses a laser to heat powdered materials so they fuse together into solid parts.

Shop floor control comprises the methods and systems used to prioritize, track, and report against production orders and schedules.

Synchronous technology connects everyone in the product lifecycle – and it connects them all without limiting any of them.

System simulation is the process of experimenting with, and studying how, changes to a complex system (or sub-system) affect the system overall.