The Metamorphosis of PLM [Visual Explainer + Video]

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Defining the Unseen World

In industry, product lifecycle management (PLM) is an elusive realm where product ideas transform into the tangible. Shrouded in bureaucracy, the PLM machine meticulously tracks the product’s existence from mere thought to inception to eventual demise.

The Shadowy Blueprint

In the 1960s, the basic concept of PLM emerges as technology strides necessitate a systems approach to managing product data and manufacturing processes.

CAD: The Dawn of PLM

In the 1980s, early adopters of Computer Aided Design (CAD) technology lay the groundwork for the digitalization of product design and product data management (PDM).

The Trial

In the 1990s, the term product lifecycle management is coined by American Motors Corporation (AMC) (later merging with Chrysler) after the automaker drove down development costs significantly and accelerated vehicle development with a noble product data system.

Product Data Awakening

In the late 1990s, adoption of CAD software in the context of PLM gains steam, leading to increasingly advanced use cases and complex system integrations.

Windchill Paradox

In 1998, PTC introduces Windchill.

Teamcenter Transformation

In the midst of Y2K, Teamcenter is introduced as a comprehensive PLM suite setting the stage for the technology’s widescale adoption.

Aras Opens PLM Realm

In 2007, Aras Corporation releases its open PLM software, Aras Innovator. Offered as a free download with an enterprise edition, the Aras platform makes PLM accessible for companies of all sizes.

The Age of Simulation

In the 2010s, PLM technology evolves in parallel to advancements in simulation management, effective collaboration, and Internet of Things (IoT).

Broadened Perspective

In 2019, Siemens is rebranded as Siemens Digital Industries Software to emphasize its wider approach to digitalization beyond product lifecycle management.

The Age of Cloud and AI

Today, PLM integrations with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), cloud computing, model-based documentation and other emerging tech continues to expand use cases globally.

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