PLM Across Globally Distributed Systems

Today, it is no longer just large enterprises that have distributed development teams across multiple geographical locations. It has become commonplace for many mid-sized enterprises in the engineering and automotive supply industries too.

But how do these mid-sized enterprises manage to coordinate and synchronize the development work of sometimes globally dispersed teams – while accommodating the different languages this involves?
This not only requires good leadership and the ability to coordinate employee activities, but also IT solutions that support their collaboration. These are the six challenges of day-to-day operations that can be overcome with PLM solutions:

Rapid access to CAD data from remote locations
powered by an infrastructure that delivers identical working conditions across all sites, even if transmission bandwidths are suboptimal.

Data replication
to ensure continued operations in the event of failures of the central PLM server or at remote locations.

Consistent designations in multiple languages
to provide a common ground for discussion about parts, assemblies, and documents.

Standardized item nomenclature with eCl@ss
to serve as a solid foundation for a consistent terminology that will efficiently minimize the number of parts.

Multi-CAD data management and mechatronics capabilities
to coordinate the processes of companies with multiple CAD systems.
Also, as a means to control and document the processes associated with mechatronics products, focusing on the integration of MCAD, electrical CAD, electronic CAD, and software development with a PLM solution.

Data exchange with external partners
to transfer data and documents that, due to their size or confidential nature, cannot be exchanged through email, FTP, or other unprotected platforms.