For discrete manufacturers, the digital thread begins in the engineering department. This is where mechanical/electronic components and embedded software data are linked with traceability to requirements, simulations, certifications, BOMs, process plans, and MBSE. This information, along with its derivatives, needs to be leveraged bi-directionally, across teams and systems; including service, manufacturing, IT, and quality, among others.
With a PLM system in place, you create the foundation for the digital thread and provide all required stakeholders with access to the real-time data they need, when they need it.
Today’s groundbreaking products are more complex than ever before. Innovative new designs must leverage a combination of mechanical, electrical, software, and connectivity – requiring a robust, multidisciplinary approach to product development that starts as far back as defining requirements. To beat the competition, today’s cutting-edge products must be released to market faster, with better quality, at a lower cost, and with more desirable features.
These demands require companies to improve collaboration across more of the organization throughout the product’s lifecycle. And when a product is smart and connected, the data generated throughout its lifecycle no longer ends once the product is shipped. New Internet of Things technologies enables companies to capture and leverage information about a product’s performance during operation – with the potential to dramatically improve existing and future products.