Persistent Business Transformation with Product Knowledge and Lifecycle Management

Jouni Lehtinen, Kari Hentunen, Kimmo Leikko, Janne Kousa, Mika Reinilä, Leo Torvikoski, Markus Mäkelä, Jorma Papinniemi (Editor), Antti Juhani Pulkkinen (Editor), Jussi Liikanen, Simo-Pekka Leino (Editor)

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    The goal of the project can be summarized as a generic ProMagNet mod-el, which adapts PLM for the typical context of the Finnish Manufacturing Industry. The ProMaGNet model manifested as Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) capabilities that support the transformation of compa-nies. The transformation means the renewal of business operations from the consecutive engineered-to-order (ETO) projects to configure-to-order (CTO) manufacturing approach with a supporting set of well-defined, captured and re-used product knowledge, information and data (Pulkkinen 2007). The case companies were either taking the first steps towards systemic customization or were more advanced companies regarding the matter. The first ones defined and implemented the most essential capabilities and the latter ones enhanced the creation, capturing, management and use of product definition throughout the product lifecycle. The project focused on the capabilities of capturing the product-related knowledge, information and data in a single source, where these assets can be re-used throughout the product lifecycle (see Figure 2).
    It can be summarized that previously many companies have been involved with development projects that aim for demonstrations and prototypes of a modular product family definition. However, without strategic investment in the organization capabilities as well as systematic processes and tools, the demonstrations do not ensure the transformation. This was the situation in some of the case companies that rolled out the first PLM system implementations during the project. Also, the breadth of the market offering may be very limited with a demonstration or proof-of-concept project. The ProMaGNet project consisted of industrial cases on PLM implementation, product design systemization, integrating 3D product models into review practices and product configuration, the analysis and capturing of product portfolio as configuration knowledge in sales and engineering configuration systems, etc. The experiences and capabilities developed in joint industrial case-projects and research tasks are collected in the themes of PLM capabilities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMANU
    Subtitle of host publicationFuture Digital Manufacturing Technologies and Systems 2012-2017
    PublisherDIMECC Oy
    Number of pages25
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-238-177-4
    ISBN (Print)978-952-238-176-7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible

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    SeriesDIMECC Publications Series


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