Design meets product lifecycle management

Louise Smyth

Product lifecycle management expert, Design Rule will host an online webinar that explores how companies can integrate product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management (PLM) across the enterprise, using the SOLIDWORKS Connector within Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform. The webinar, entitled ‘PDM look and feel with PLM benefits’ will take place on Thursday, June 30th, at 14:00 GMT. To register, click HERE

PDM systems manage CAD data and related documentation, allowing product designers to open CAD models, manage design iterations and control access rights. PLM systems go further by managing all product-related data and information, including CAD data, through a single enterprise view. Securing all product data in one location provides a single source of truth for the enterprise, allowing users to manage processes better, generate reports and reinforce compliance to regulations and standards.

The SOLIDWORKS Connector on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, gives authorised users access to design data, while designers continue to work within their familiar SOLIDWORKS interface. Designers do not lose productivity typically associated with the introduction of PLM, because the connector ensures that only the familiar PDM functions are presented in SOLIDWORKS.

“The 3DEXPERIENCE platform Connector for SOLIDWORKS opens the door to the extensive benefits of PLM,” explained Adam Bannaghan, technical director of Design Rule. “Many product design engineers don’t realise centralised management of all CAD files is already a reality. The SOLIDWORKS Connector allows designers to access, manage and share CAD data without leaving their preferred environment, while also gaining access to enterprise-wide process workflows, engineering and manufacturing data and project information. This makes the designer’s life much easier and allows companies to improve collaboration and accelerate innovation.”

The webinar will include a live demonstration of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform Connector for SOLIDWORKS, showing users how they can achieve company-wide connection within a common platform. Led by industry experts, the 30-minute webinar will also explore the PLM benefits of the SOLIDWORKS Connector, such as immersive CAD data management and the promotion of design-to-configure development processes.

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