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- Product Data Management and ERP, the perfect fit?
lunes, 28 de septiembre de 2015
E-learning sessions: Apparel & Footwear Solution for SAP® Business One.
The garment and apparel industries, whether of small or large scale, worldwide face the pressure of adapting to the changing markets, and consumer trends from time to time Manufacturing in time, to meet the fluctuating and speedy demands, requires a sophisticated and organized system that provides timely solutions.
Producers today have a host of different software systems to choose from, like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Enterprise Resource Management (ERP), and Supply Chain Management (SCM) to name a few. But these solutions have so far been limited to and procured for large scale industries or they simply are not part of the same solution offering.
So, where does PDM come?
The process of product development requires recording and communicating details of a particular garment to members involved in it. The traditional paper based method of procuring data is time-consuming and prone to errors. Retrieving and sharing information by the conventional means lacks efficiency and are not cost effective.
Why do I need an ERP?
An ERP provides an integrated view of core business processes, often in real-time, using common databases maintained by a database management system. ERP systems track business resources—cash, raw materials, production capacity—and the status of business commitments: orders, purchase orders, and payroll. The applications that make up the system share data across the various departments (manufacturing, purchasing, sales, accounting, etc.) that provide the data.
Hey…show me the value then!
Having an ERP and PDM working together is what comes handy and simplifies the otherwise complex procedure. PDM organizes, records, and allows communicating information related to product development and pre-production. This includes details like garment specifications, fabric particulars, and bills of materials along with images. This information can be shared between the merchandising, sourcing, product developing, costing, and knitting, weaving, printing, and designing departments.
An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system does help achieve this but with not so much specifications and visual displays.
Standard view of the Apparel & Footwear PDM
PDM serves as a centralized system of database that provides clarity and simplicity. It promotes the synthesis and exchange of data among users who have authorized access to it. With the utilization of PDM, apparel industries can manage product development, operation, and maintenance. It also aids in maximum usage of production resources, limits the wastage of raw materials, helps in retaining the quality of the product, and enables to share information with different wings of a textile company.
A simplified view on how PDM relates to other ERP modules.
PDM is a subset of the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. PLM finds its place in large textile industries, while PDM is a solution to product data management of small scale companies. Although the goal of this paper is not PLM, the scope of this solution is always linked to product development activities.
Product Development activities are related to PLM projects.
Since every department is allocated different tasks and is involved in different functions, PDM software allows users to update information pertaining to their work, and responsibilities regularly, which in turn can be used by others to smoothen the manufacturing process. This is why remote access and real time enquiry – update is a must in this solution.
Web and Mobile Access of PDM is required by merchandisers, designers, customers and factories
Hence any form of information recorded, created, or re-used helps to perform the production efficiently. Any input on a product, adds value and links the system to diverse users like the CAD (Computer Aided Designing) team, production managers, and designers to work with the latest data
Having ERP/PDM allows al company roles in real-time collaboration. A designer can view comments from merchandiser, a factory can check stock information, a manager can review latest orders and style performance during the season, etc.