PLM Integrated Material Intelligence: Can We Get the Best of Both Worlds? It’s an interesting question, posed in a recent blog post by Siemens PLM Software. 

The post begins by highlighting a very important point: consistency should rule where materials data management is concerned. It goes on to highlight that there’s too much scope for error if an engineer in one part of a company works off a different material definition from a designer somewhere else. But, at the same time, companies need depth. They’re looking to squeeze every drop from the rich materials data available to them.

‘For example, they may want the properties used in design to be based on analysis of the latest available tests and to ensure that the latest material knowledge is utilized in the product assignment. This can require them to manage and use a large and ever-changing body of data, covering subtle variations in material and product grades, physical conditions, processing routes, part geometries, and so on.  Do we have to choose between these two requirements: consistency and depth?’

Addressing these critical questions, the full post is definitely worth a read and can be found here.

Beth Harlen

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