As the old saying goes, you only get out what you put in, but unfortunately building PLM data libraries is often overlooked in many PLM implementations. This isn’t necessarily an accidental oversight by the implementers; it’s just that it can be a mammoth undertaking, almost a project in and of itself. As the data is unique to the company and needs to be clean and accurate, it needs to be put together by personnel that have an in depth knowledge of the business. Unfortunately it is these same people that will often be called upon for process input into the implementation. As there is only so much time that you can take key people away from their day job, the PLM data libraries either take second priority or they are inadequately built, especially in time for go live.

Therefore the ideal time to start building your PLM data library is as soon as you know you are going to implement PLM. Then you get some chicken and egg. How do you build a comprehensive PLM data library when you only have limited knowledge of PLM? Of course your personnel will gain the required knowledge during the course of the implementation, but by the time their competency is up to par there is often not enough time left until go live to build what is required.

With many years experience in helping customers to realise the full potential of their PLM, apparel thing can offer comprehensive guidance into building your PLM data library. We offer a unique package that is tailored to get you on the right track before the implementation even starts so that you can be assured by the time go live rolls around you have the best possible data library to hit the ground running:

  • What is a PLM data library?
  • What data should we include for the modules we intend to implement?
  • What needs to be there from day 1?
  • What data can be built over time?
  • What is a product template and how does it reduce redundant data entry and mistakes?
  • How do we build the best product templates for our business?
  • How do we build a comprehensive material library and how should it be structured for our business?
  • How do we create a grading and measurement library that will reduce sample iterations, costly mistakes and customer returns?
  • How do we format our data for PLM?
  • What can be automatically loaded and what will we need to manually load?

Once we have helped you to build your PLM data library, apparel thing can also provide services to input the data elements that cannot be automatically loaded.

To read more on why PLM data libraries are critical to the success of a PLM implementation click here.

If you would like to discuss our PLM Data Libraries service further then please get in touch.