Integrating Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
Configuring Products to Order - Reusing Components –
Facilitating Product Personalisation –
Improving Version Control and Traceability - Managing Engineering Changes
One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customise the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these requirements accurately and quickly, and flow this information efficiently through the organisation. Where these requirements change, additional control challenges arise because of the need to manage complex engineering change processes.
The costs of inefficiencies are often clear, but the risks of ineffective processes and systems may be greater in terms of dissatisfied customers. Regulatory compliance is increasingly a fact of life for manufacturers, but in safety-critical industries such as petro-chem, nuclear and defence, the failure to demonstrate full version control and traceability can have serious consequences.
The following case studies illustrate how Columbus has helped many companies address these issues using Microsoft Dynamics together with appropriate tools from
the ColumbusManufacturing solution set.