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    • Paul,
      That’s a great question. I think “managing the lifecycle” of a product means very different things to different industries. Managing the lifecycle of a can of peas, a mobile device, or an airplane is vastly different. PLM can help each of these, but in very different ways.

      With that said, PLM software has never really been focused around managing product lifecycles (in my opinion, at least). It’s about managing products. In fact, a lot of people are starting to refer to today’s solutions as “product innovation platforms.” I don’t get worked up about names, honestly, to me “PLM” is a category and what the software suites have evolved to over the years doesn’t match the name (if it was ever perfect to start with, which I argue it probably wasn’t).

      So if you question is how PLM can help products with long lifecycles, I can think of a lot of ways. First and foremost it can help in their design. Then, it can help define and manage manufacturing processes. I believe we will see more “in service” capabilities over time as the IoT makes a cohesive product record across the lifecycle both more important and more accessible.

      If you are question is about managing product lifecycles over decades, that is a different question. PLM can help, but it depends a lot on the products. For example a ship or a plane may go through several distinct “lives” in their existence through refurbishing and repurposing. A consumer product may have a long lifecycle but still undergo frequent changes. PLM software is getting better at supporting these things, but most companies have other needs in their PLM processes that aren’t supported directly by today’s PLM.

      So I’m not 100% sure what your question was and I may not have done a good job answering it, but I thought I would share some thoughts. Let me know what you think.

      Thanks for commenting!

    • Our projects/products are in service for 20+ years. The keys for lifecycle management for us are in 3 main areas: 1) spare parts supply. How easily can you recall the configuration of your product so that you can supply replacement parts, considering CAD compatibility, etc. Answer: configuration management using PLM. 2) When you have the opportunity to refurb/upgrade your product, can you recover the technical file and safety documentation so that you can revise, rather than recreate? What about safety incident investigation? Answer: documentation stored in PLM and linked to product. 3) Knowledge retention. How will you be able to understand what was done and leverage that into new products, especially when key individuals move on? Answer: store your simulations, calculations, and analysis in the PLM linked to the product.

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