Modify, correct, fine-tune: The long way to the perfect product.
Thanks to PDM, everything will be under control.
Launching a sophisticated, tried and tested product on the market requires meticulous checks during each of the technically demanding stages of a product development and production process. Will the final product actually fulfil the required functional specifications? Is it as user-friendly as you had planned? Does it still contain superfluous parts? Can it be produced by using even less materials? Are even cheaper or better materials available? Is the product difficult to realize, or does it require additional mechanisms that may facilitate the entire process?
In practice, some modifications are frequently still required between the time when the first concept for a product is drafted and the time when the end user actually works with the new product.
The solid basis of an optimal product: The model drawing
In addition to the intellectual and scientific challenges that engineers are facing, there are pragmatic obstacles that need to be overcome to ensure that a technically sophisticated product will be profitable in the end and actually increase a company’s turnover - most notably:
- The exchange of data with others
- The search for current information
- The avoiding/elimination of old/incorrect data
Accidental access to old data and slow, time-consuming data searches via Windows Explorer are “productivity killers” that squander valuable resources such as time, money or the motivation of employees. Also, manual management processes have always been prone to errors. The ability to ensure an automatic access, control and release of data via a PDM system results in a huge competitive advantage over those companies that do not have any document management system.