With CAD data management as the starting point, Collaborative PLM currently represents the last stage in the evolution of technologies for the management of data and documents in technical-industrial environments. Collaborative here means that PLM processes extend beyond company walls. In today’s connected world, businesses need to think across company and system lines as this will enable them to coordinate their processes across the entire product lifecycle and to do so in a way that is connected both internally and externally. Governed by the Collaborative PLM solution, partners, customers, and suppliers are tightly integrated into a company’s workflows. The important thing here is to apply the same rules that control the internal PLM processes to the collaboration with third-parties.
With PROOM, PROCAD has developed a Collaborative PLM document exchange platform that is specifically tailored to the needs of manufacturing companies. Virtual Project Rooms enable companies to assign and manage user authorization, giving them complete control over who can see, modify or exchange what. Activity logs are maintained for each project room to ensure thorough audit trails. The document exchange itself only takes a few clicks. All changes to the documents are automatically synchronized.