Transforming PLM for the Automotive Industry: Beyond the Status Quo

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Article provided by Aras, last updated on April 30, 2022

Today’s automotive companies are challenged to design and develop more complex vehicles faster than ever in an increasingly competitive global environment.

Yet, despite years of investment, existing PLM systems are struggling to meet the challenge due to their inability to manage electronics, software and the complicated interfaces with manufacturing and suppliers. Automotive OEMs and tier suppliers relying on yesterday’s PLM to meet today’s realities risk their future

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Continued Disruption

Additional market forces disrupt vehicle markets in the form of extended international supply chains and collaborative partnerships. New competitors, mergers, and acquisitions change the landscape of the automotive industry overnight, complicating the process of managing increasingly complex product development.

To thrive — and survive — the entire sector must better manage the business of engineering. That translates to working collaboratively to reduce time to market, increase new product throughput while improving product quality and safety, and ensuring complex design and production processes are managed as efficiently as possible. No small matter.

Most global automotive companies find themselves in the same situation: constrained by legacy system silos that are difficult and costly to adapt, integrate and upgrade. In many cases the vision of a digital transformation necessary to compete on next generation vehicles seems more like a rip-and-replace nightmare. However, new approaches are emerging just in time.

PLM for the Automotive Industry

Transforming PLM for the Automotive Industry

Forward-thinking automotive manufacturers are discovering a new platform approach to automating the processes that support the business of engineering enterprise-wide. In an approach that departs greatly from the status quo, they use a PLM platform that is as innovative as the next-generation products it helps create.

Rather than force-fit the business into a single PLM system, these companies wanted a resilient PLM platform that openly integrates with existing systems and easily adapts to align with their unique business processes to create a true PLM backbone. This makes implementation easier and minimizes disruptions to their organization.

These automotive leaders wanted to:

  • Avoid the risk and disruption by using an overlay approach instead of tearing out existing PLM/PDM/ALM systems
  • Enable cross-discipline collaboration and crossfunctional processes
  • Adapt processes to respond more quickly to changing conditions
  • Upgrade more frequently to stay current with advancing technology
  • Reduce ownership costs

PLM for the Automotive Industry

The Aras Value for Automotive

Aras Innovator provides complete PLM functionality in a single solution. Using Aras Innovator, automotive companies can connect global product development across mechanical, electrical, electronic and software disciplines, manage complex BoMs and support global manufacturing and supply chains. Aras PLM capabilities include:

  • Integrating cross-discipline design authoring tools directly or via legacy PLM/PDM/ALM systems
  • Implementing cross-discipline BoM and change management processes
  • Providing improved access to suppliers
  • Seamless management of processes

Aras Innovator is easy to use, mobile-enabled, scalable and deploys in your data center or in the cloud with defense-grade security and federated integration capabilities.

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Kelly Clancy

Kelly has been working in the 3D technology industry since 2014. Kelly is an Assistant Marketing Manager based at Javelin head office in Oakville, Ontario.