What is PLM?

Product’s lifecycle

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PLM = Product Lifecycle Management     

Wikipedia – “Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal.[1] PLM integrates people, data, processes and business systems and provides a product information backbone for companies and their extended enterprise.[2] Within PLM there are five primary areas:     

  1. Systems Engineering (SE) 
  2. Product and Portfolio Management (PPM)
  3. Product Design (CAx)
  4. Manufacturing Process Management (MPM)
  5. Product Data Management (PDM)


Product-Lifecyle-Management.com  has an Introduction to Product Lifecycle Management which says:      

“Product lifecycle management, sometimes “product life cycle management“, represents an all-encompassing vision for managing all data relating to the design, production, support and ultimate disposal of manufactured goods.”       

This same site offers more than just definitions if you want to learn more.  For example:       

simple and
flexible PLM

(Fashionnation1on1 note: the words life cycle versus lifecycle changes the meaning of the terms in some ways, so let’s stick to lifecycle.)      

Purdue University has a Product Lifecycle Management Center of Excellence.  Their  website has more in-depth information about PLM.  There is a page of links to white papers about PLM and although these are beyond our needs in a two-year fashion program, it is always best to know more than you need to know.  Just one paper, entitled Product Design Optimization: An Interdisciplinary Approach, four pages in length, with graphs and illustrations, inspired a “ranking of design needs” list that will be very valuable for our use.    

Just-Style offers free content on their PLM Hub.  There are links to PLM News, Features and Interviews (you can access these free)Directories, and an About PLM section that gives a clear introduction to PLM and then goes on to offer information on the uses, benefits, problems, and more.     

ApparelSearch.com shares a definition, “Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), defined by some as a solution that will reduce product development cycle time, lower product cost, improve product quality, and when done correctly, reduce day-to-day operating expenses that plague an already margin-conscious fashion industry.”   

ApparelSearch.com shares not only its definition but also a page of links to the PLM software vendors like Gerber, Lectra, Tukatech,  Dassault Systemes, however, this list if vendors is far from comprehensive.   

ASSYST software, an industry leader, is discussed in a Textile World article about a partnership between “Assyst and Ahlers AG, one of Europe’s leading men’s fashion manufacturers are to cooperate closely with one another in the development of technological innovations.” 

This partnership, in our opinion, is another example of the innovative, client oriented focus of ASSYST.   

This means we can develop the right technologies to enable our customers to surmount the challenges in their own markets. Innovation partnerships are therefore an important integral part of our ‘Your business first’ strategy.” said Dr. Andreas Seidl, Managing Director of assyst and Human Solutions.   

Dassault Systemes bring you a PLM Glossary.     

And last but not least, a blog on PLM by Oleg Shilovitsky.   


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