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Harward Technologies' PLM Consulting Services help companies build product data management and product lifecycle process automation environment that is needed for a uniquely tailored PLM solution in a shorter period of time, with less resource, and cost.

Harward Technologies' consultants offer specific expertise to help you implement readily, reap a quick return on your investment, and get the most from your PLM deployment:

Harward Technologies' product expertise include Enovia eMatrix, Team Center Engineering, Flex, Windchill and Oracle.

Harward Technologies can help clients in all the phases of their PLM installations and development included but not limited to

  • Installation

  • Database design

  • Data conversion

  • Application integration

  • Business process automation

  • Enterprise application integration

Every PLM project is unique. For some, you might need to supplement your internal PLM team capabilities with skilled external resources. For others, 100% out-sourcing might be the answer. And when it's not easy to decide the most cost-effective approach, the perspective of a PLM consultant can often help to steer you toward the right course of action. Whatever path you choose, Harwad Technologies' PLM consulting service is flexible and committed to providing the PLM solution that best fits your needs.

Through an approach of partnership and knowledge transfer, we help ensure that all phases of your PLM project are completed on time, meet the requirements of your PLM user community, and help you to achieve ROI in record time.

Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management

Product lifecycle management, sometimes "product life cycle management", represents an all-encompassing vision for managing all data relating to the design, production, support and ultimate disposal of manufactured goods.

PLM concepts were first introduced where safety and control have been extremely important, notably the aerospace, medical device, military and nuclear industries. These industries originated the discipline of configuration management (CM), which evolved into electronic data management systems (EDMS), which then further evolved to product data management (PDM).

In the last 5 years, manufacturers of instrumentation, industrial machinery, consumer electronics, packaged goods and other complex engineered products have discovered the benefits of PLM solutions and are adopting efficient PLM software in increasing numbers.

PLM solutions

PLM can be thought of as both (a) a repository for all information that affects a product, and (b) a communication process between product stakeholders: principally marketing, engineering, manufacturing and field service. The PLM system is the first place where all product information from marketing and design comes together, and where it leaves in a form suitable for production and support.

A few analysts use "PLM" as an umbrella term that includes engineering CAD (for "information authoring"). But product information creation tools include word processors; spreadsheet and graphics programs; requirements analysis and market assessment tools; field trouble reports; and even emails or other correspondence. In our view, a PLM tool focuses exclusively on managing data that covers the breadth of a product's lifecycle, without regard to how that data is developed.

The essential elements of PLM:

Manages design and process documents

Constructs and controls bill of material (product structure) records

Offers an electronic file repository

Includes built-in and custom part and document metadata ("attributes")

Identifies materials content for environmental compliance

Permits item-focused task assignments

Enables workflow and process management for approving changes

Controls multi-user secured access, including "electronic signature"

Exports data for downstream ERP systems