PLM is the backbone of innovation in the electronics industry

As electronic products become ever smaller and faster, competition in the industry is becoming fiercer and more ruthless. From the outset, all stakeholders of a project must agree on designs and decide on realistic timeframes and budgets if unnecessary costs and delays are to be avoided.

Electronics and high-tech

Development of electronic components and mechatronic devices is a highly complex process, irrespective of the industry sector involved.

Customers present increasingly demanding requirements concerning the function and quality of electronic products. High quality and short time to market are critical in the semiconductor industry. Companies find their products and processes are increasingly approaching the limits of manageability.

Managing complexity

PLM combats complexity and product compliance by introducing transparency. Development and production may be distributed among multiple locations; external engineering partners or outsourced manufacturing and assembly processes need to be coordinated; rigorous and frequently changing national and international regulations and standards must be complied with:

  • Environmental standards including RoHS, Reach, Critical Minerals, G3T, Dangerous Materials
  • Registry, WEEE, JEDEC
  • Extensive ISO regulations
  • Periodic surveillance and audits involving reports and to-do lists

Mechatronics – drowning in product variants

High standards are critical where the development and rapid identification of existing solutions is concerned. As product complexity increases, enormous amounts of product variants are generated. Distributed simultaneous engineering must be based on clear-cut processes, and project steps and phases must be executed and managed in overlapping timeframes. This is the only way to achieve high quality plus short time to market while reducing cost risks.

We provide Oracle’s Agile PLM (A9) as an industry-specific PLM solution that is virtually perfect for all high-tech electronics production requirements.

CAPA – optimizing quality and costs

CAPA is a system designed to implement corrective actions and, more saliently, preventive actions. The CAPA process comprises a problem report, analysis of root causes and corrective measures (quality service request) and a change order to implement the actions. Coupled with the correct PLM solution, CAPA does not hinder the engineering process.

Adjusting corporate strategy

In seeking to improve and hone their competitiveness, companies often adjust their product programme, development and production strategies. To achieve success, these adjustments must be based on end-to-end engineering and production processes, which are integrated into PLM by the innovation and engineering design system for prototyping, design freeze, documentation and release to the ERP system. PLM for semiconductor components and mechatronic devices acts as a hub that ensures consistency and transformation of files and data in the information flow.

Flexible bill of materials and document management in PLM

Flexible bill of materials management is an essential element for high-tech electronics:

  • Distinction between design BOM, layout BOM, FAB BOM,
  • variant BOM and
  • BOM alternatives for items with interchangeable AML components.

Product standards, component types and part types are assigned to classes – categories with attributes.

When coupled with visualisation of graphic data, the method enables developers to locate existing standards or compare similar solutions more rapidly, saving valuable time while slashing costs and risks.

This function is supplied by advanced PLM solutions. Users can be certain that versions of products and components, their BOMs and their documentation are consistent and correctly classified under the right version throughout the entire product life cycle.

The proven PLM method from Dr. Maier CSS boosts product profitability

  • Maximizes compliance with standards and regulations
  • Shortens cycle times in interdisciplinary engineering projects
  • Improves coordination between engineering departments, customers and suppliers
  • Shortens innovation cycles for new products
  • Improves standardization and modularisation
  • Maximizes certainty in complex change processes
  • Reduces mistakes, reworking and risks
  • Transfers information to other IT applications
  • Guarantees central protection of product and process expertise

Oracle’s Agile PLM is a PLM solution that provides consistent management of all relevant product data throughout the entire product life cycle. Bidirectional access to movable data in other IT applications is supplied by Web services. PLM users thus have a 360° overview of all graphic and non-graphic product data, collated in the enterprise product record.

“If you’re standing still, you’re falling behind.”
Lee Iacocca
(*1924), 1979-1992 CEO Chrysler Corp.
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