Packaging Innovation
PLM software
January 28, 2016

How to implement PLM software into your packaging business

Product lifecycle management (PLM) lets designers and manufacturers manage the entire lifecycle of a product, from its conception to the very moment it is purchased by the consumer. PLM software is an indispensable part of PLM in the packaging industry, allowing businesses to efficiently integrate teams, data, tools and processes. Implementing packaging lifecycle management software smoothly, however, can be quite challenging. This article provides five tips to help avoid common pitfalls and maximize your chances of successfully implementing PLM software into your packaging business.

1.     Make sure your technology is compatible

If your operating systems, software, servers, firewalls, … and those of your external partners are unable to efficiently connect with your PLM software, the implementation of your PLM software will be marred.

2.     Avoid adapting your existing processes

You undoubtedly invested a considerable amount of time and money in the optimization of your processes, and there really is no need to adjust them to fit with your PLM software. Instead, ask your software vendor to adapt your new PLM tools to work with the processes you already have in place.

3.     Ask your software vendor for assistance

Implementing PLM software requires expertise. Don’t be tempted to tackle the implementation yourself, as it is very likely it will take you much longer and cost you much more than needed, after which you’ll end up calling an expert anyway.

4.     Use your PLM software enterprise-wide

Strange as it may sound, many companies that purchase PLM software wind up limiting access to the tools to their engineering department only. However, product data management (PDM) and product lifecycle management are two different things. Contrary to PDM, PLM is something that concerns your entire enterprise. By limiting access to your PLM tools, you are not tapping their full potential.

5.     Don’t deny access to outside parties

Extending your PLM software to external partners and suppliers facilitates collaboration and creates a digital workflow that is completely continuous. Many companies working in a PLM environment, however, deny access to outside parties for security reasons. Since this defeats a great part of the purpose of PLM software in the first place, security issues are definitely worth tackling.   Inspired by Cadalyst