Life Cycle Management
Process-Oriented Change Management
One of the most important processes in the product life cycle is the technical change process. To increase comfort and efficiency and to lower manufacturing costs, products undergo many changes not only during the course of the development but also beyond the whole life cycle.
Engineering Change Request (ECR)
Usually the change process starts with the change request. It is used to record the initiating event that leads to modification request. The change requests contain organisational information such as change category, name of the applicant, prioritising, etc. In the field for subject-matter for change, those components and their revisions are recorded which are affected by the change. In the following, various solution scenarios are prepared. For each of these solutions, IYOPRO PLM components offer implementation of an impact analysis. If a solution is to be implemented, then it forms the basis of the change order.
Engineering Change Order (ECO)
A change order is used to implement the change. Usually, implementation is accompanied by a change project. This, then, together with its workflows takes over the project control. Once the project is completed, the change order is closed.
Release Phase, Release Status, Release Level and Utilisation Phase
The so-called life cycle attributes are the core elements for the consistent description of products and revisions. These attributes clearly describe the state of a product revision. While the release stage only describes whether an object is being processed, tested or is going to be released, the release level states what the release contains - for instance, whether it is a pre-launch production, material procurement, serial production. The utilisation phase describes for each location how an article is used at the respective location. For example, one location may produce the article in series, but another location may not use the article at all and the third location is only responsible for the producing spare parts. The states and transitions of the life cycle attributes are automatically navigated to the other parts via workflow processes.
In IYOPRO PLM components, these processes are modeled and implemented with the BPM Suite IYOPRO. The BPMN 2.0 notation provides all the necessary elements to represent both company as well ad-hoc processes such as data exchange of PDM objects with customers and suppliers.