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PLM systems – not the ultimate solution

22 October 2017

Electrical and electronic engineering product designers spend an economically unsustainable 45% of their time on administrative activities, according to a recent report from techconsult.

The report, Design Data Management in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, identified that one of the main reasons for this is insufficient management of design data and component libraries. However, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems are not seen as the ultimate solution for managing these issues and winning back time, with 52% of those using PLM systems to manage electrical and electronic engineering data rating their systems as being suitable, but with limitations. When questioned further, 77% of respondents did not believe that a PLM system would help them work more productively.

Key results – Survey of electrical and electronic engineering product designers: 

• 52% have doubts about the suitability of current PLM environments for their specific requirements.
• 39% need to better coordinate mechanical and electronic engineering activities.
• 52% cited growing product complexity as their greatest challenge.
• 45% see a need to implement end-to-end digital processes from sales to engineering and

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