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Federation of PDM Systems Based on the PDTnet Schema

: Lukas, U. von; Nowacki, S.

ProductData Journal 10 (2003), No.1, pp.31-33
ISSN: 1436-0683
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IGD ()
Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW); Computer aided engineering; Collaborative computing; Distributed databases; Product data management (PDM)

This article describes concepts for and the realization of a federation of PDM systems. The federation supports not only the consolidation of product data within an enterprise but also the implementation of e-collaboration. In this context, a federation of PDM systems refers to the virtual unification of product data that belongs together logically but which is distributed physically over a number of different systems. A typical example of the distribution of product data within an enterprise is when BoM for a product is located on another system. However, there is also substantial application potential for the federation in cross-enterprise product development.