PLM and Industry 4.0

A December 2014 survey by Staufen Academy showed that most observers agree on one thing: The future path of products and the organization in development, manufacturing, and maintenance will be largely determined by the technologies collectively described as “Industry 4.0”. About one third of all engineering companies have given little thought to Industry 4.0, another 33% are beginning to explore it and looking at application scenarios. The remaining one-third consider themselves on the brink of the fourth industrial revolution.

From a PDM and PLM perspective, the control processes in Industry 4.0-driven manufacturing need to be based on end-to-end product data management.

“The ability to efficiently and effectively manage this digital product model along every step of the way – from development to sales, from manufacturing and commissioning to customer experience and provision of product-related services – has come to be known as product lifecycle management or PLM since the beginning of the new century. And increasingly, PLM is going beyond mechanical geometric data models to include the logics behind electrics and electronics and the programs of the embedded software.
Being able to manage product data in this way is the most basic prerequisite for modern, smart, connected products to work and successfully compete in a globalized market. It is the most basic prerequisite for a smarter approach to organizing networked manufacturing. It is the most basic prerequisite for Industry 4.0.” (Hechenberger Thesen / Sendler Circle)