Change and Configuration Management - Automation

Maximize design control and communications while minimizing administrative burden via the transformation of the product change process that employs automated PLM workflow.

The maintenance and control of product data is becoming more critical in today’s business environment. The need for accurate and up-to-date design information is amplified due to many design groups being physically separated from their manufacturing facilities. Decisions based on out-of-date design information can be very costly. Additionally, compliance restrictions limit design change control authority to a focused, finite team. Being able to rapidly revise product design data and keep the necessary parties informed of pending and executed changes is critical. The issue facing many product change management leaders is how to speed up the change processing and improve change communications, without adding workload and the resulting additional headcount. The manual change logs, change review boards, status reporting, and communications meetings existent today are time and resource consuming; with little relative benefit. A better utilization of resources is required to focus on the change and not its maintenance and control.

The answer is to transform existing product change management processes while leveraging the resources currently in place. The establishment of product lifecycle management (PLM) automated workflow will allow resources to concentrate on the product improvement, and less on its communication. It should also be noted that automated PLM workflows significantly enable improved design control with no additional resource burden. By employing a closed-loop process design, potential changes are evaluated for viability (ECR-engineering change request), approved changes are communicated, resourced, executed, and confirmed (ECO-engineering change order), and completed changes are re-communicated and re-confirmed (ECN-engineering change notice). All work is prompted automatically, with change status being readily available without burden; see example below.

Through this deployment of PLM automated workflows, the design control team can be transformed to leverage its resources to focus on value-added work, while freeing them of the administrative burden. What was a fragmented collection of un-communicated events, is now a high performing process that delivers world-class change control - "fast changes, with no surprises; automatically".

Change and Configuration Management - Team Work

The management of product data is becoming more critical in today’s business environment. The need for global information collaboration is making product data maintenance more challenging. Being able to quickly locate and access accurate data is key. The issue facing many product data management leaders is...

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