In companies it is often discussed whether PDM and/or PLM should be invested in to achieve more transparency and efficiency. ERP systems should be invested. On closer inspection, however, it is the 'or' that seems out of place here.
First, a little explanation of terms:
ERP systems manage resources
An ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) manages resources, as the name suggests. In the context of this topic, it provides the basis. It accompanies the logistical processes and represents the complete value flow with integrated accounting.
PLM systems manage product information
A PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) has the task of centrally managing and providing information relating to the products of a company. The entire life cycle of a product should be accompanied: from the cradle to the finished product. This starts with planning or construction and possibly ends with recycling. A PLM can be a useful basis for communication, even across company boundaries.
PDM systems create access
A PDM (Product Data Management) is the bridge to the business management systems. So that, for example, a CAD-system with data from purchasing and production can work. PDM systems are thus more likely to be found in development departments.
Integration makes the difference
However, there is simply no supposed competition between the systems when the different tasks of the various software solutions are taken into account.
On the contrary, an integration of all three tools, creates the goods profits in the business organisation.
Whether companies of the discreet production or e.g. from the plant construction: Everyone benefits above all from the automatic transfer of item master data and parts lists between CAD/PLM and ERP. A company benefits above all from the automatic transfer of article master data and parts lists between CAD/PLM and ERP. The PLM/PLD system keeps the current, complete and consistent product data available. The ERP system enriches the database with current, complete and consistent planning and production data. The high level of integration is crucial for flexible processes in production.