What comes first: Process or technology? An old question with a new (and maybe surprising) answer
Ever since companies started to implement enterprise computer systems, such as PLM and ERP, the question that came up sooner or later was what should be done first: First define
Do We Need Both ERP and PLM? Why?
I often hear non-engineers asking this question: We already have ERP, why do we need PLM? And even engineers sometimes ask why it is not enough to manage engineering and
An Integrated Approach to Configuration Management
By Andreas Lindenthal and Henrik Hulgaard When we talk about product configuration we need to distinguish between engineering configuration and sales configuration. Generally engineering defines all the variants, options, alternates
What System Should Own the MBOM? PLM or ERP? Or Both?
Most discrete manufacturers would probably agree that the engineering BOM or EBOM is created and managed in PLM. And it makes sense. CAD data is typically stored and managed in
What is the difference between EBOM and MBOM? Do we need both?
Most companies distinguish the engineering bill of material (EBOM) from the manufacturing bill of material (MBOM) or MBOMs in one way or another. The primary difference is that the EBOM
Form, Fit & Function – Additional Considerations
Form, Fit & Function is a change and configuration management principle that helps to determine if a component or assembly can be revised, i.e. if it can be changed by