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Intelligent information technologies to enable next generation PLM

: Stark, R.; Damerau, T.; Hayka, H.; Neumeyer, S.; Woll, R.


Fukuda, S.:
Product lifecycle management for a global market. 11th IFIP WG 5.1 international conference, PLM 2014 : Yokohama, Japan, July 7-9, 2014; Revised selected papers
Berlin: Springer, 2014 (IFIP advances in information and communication technology 442)
ISBN: 3-662-45936-1
ISBN: 978-3-662-45936-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-662-45937-9 (Online)
International Conference on Product Lifecyle Management (PLM) <11, 2014, Yokohama>
Fraunhofer IPK ()

The steadily growing complexity of products, interfacing processes, value creation networks and IT environments drive today's PLM solutions to their limits. How does this effect engineers? Over 1,400 engineers from the German industry provided feedback in 2011 with alarming but expected results. Almost two thirds of the respondents can only spend 20% or less time on average for core tasks such as development, design or validation. The study confirmed a lack of time for creative engineering activities caused by a massive coordination and communication overhead. Could engineers and designers be relieved from routine and administrative tasks in product lifecycle management by means of current intelligent technologies? In constant dialogue with industry and PLM experts, the Fraunhofer IPK and TUB have investigated the demand for intelligence in product lifecycle management. This paper reflects on the current situation of PLM and introduces a conceptual framework (Engineering Operating System) for next generation PLM. Subsequently, an Engineering Automation Capabilities (EAC) stair step model is proposed and selected research results for intelligence in PLM are presented.