November 5, 2018
If you manage your CAD files with Product Data Management (PDM), then you have taken the first critical step in developing your PDM strategy.
Now, the seemingly uncontrollable design files your engineering team creates are under control. With PDM in place, it’s likely your engineers waste less time, your product costs are going down, your product quality is improving, and your development cycles are shorter because your engineers are working better as a team.
So, what’s next? What else can you get from all of this beautifully managed data?
As it turns out, quite a bit. PDM can be about much more than CAD file management. Consider these process-related challenges you likely deal with regularly:
- You must hand deliver printed drawings to non-engineering staff so they can review and approve designs.
- It takes significant manual effort and far too much time to get all the necessary sign‑offs to push through an engineering change order (ECO).
- Other departments, such as manufacturing, are using the wrong version of the design.
- You spend countless hours managing your bill of materials (BOM) inside of a spreadsheet.
- You have to exchange product information manually between disparate systems used by engineering, purchasing, sales, and manufacturing.