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PLM Processes

Most manufacturing companies distinguish two main process chains: The operational process chain and the technical process chain. ERP systems largely address the operational process chain, whereas PLM systems automate and enable predominantly the technical process chain.

Processes that are usually automated with PLM systems include:


Sales and Marketing

  • Portfolio Management
  • Proposal Response


  • Concept Development
  • System Design
  • Detailed Design
  • Configuration Management
  • Variant Design and Generation
  • Verification and Validation
  • Design Outsourcing


  • Early Sourcing
  • Component and Supplier Management

Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs

  • Quality and Reliability Management
  • Regulatory Compliance


  • Manufacturing Process Management
  • Tooling Design and Manufacture
  • Manufacturing Outsourcing

Customer Service and Support

  • Product Support Analysis and Planning
  • Technical Information Creation and Delivery
  • Performance Analysis and Feedback
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