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PDM Technology: The Missing Link Between Engineering and Manufacturing Operations

PDM Technology

In the modern world, Cloud-centric technologies are rapidly booming. Enterprises and IT professionals have slowly and steadily identified the potential of IT dynamics, that can assist in achieving their digital goals as well as financial growth. The path of digital transformation has now opened innumerable avenues, tailor made for every sector and customer base. A substantial number of IT solutions provider ventures are coming ahead with a varied range of services that are supremely beneficial and user friendly.

PDM technology, is one such independent software enterprise and a technology partner of Microsoft, which effected a paradigm shift in the manufacturing ERP domain. PDM technology offers leading PLM solution, Bluestar PLM which is built on top of the Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX platform. From within an ERP environment, Bluestar PLM seamlessly integrates product data, such as drawings, BOMs, and 3D files from CAD systems, with manufacturing data in Dynamics 365/AX. By bringing the PLM users onto the ERP platform, the company bridge the gap between engineering and operations and enable the consistent sharing of data and documentation while enabling business process automation across engineering and manufacturing domains.

In the year 1998, a team of determined manufacturing engineers embarked on a mission to revolutionize engineering workloads in manufacturing companies. Using their expertise in ERP, CAD and engineering product data management, they sought to add the missing link between engineering and manufacturing by integrating product design, engineering, and ERP, that at that time were merged into one common solution. Today, the software enterprise serves manufacturers worldwide across industries such as industrial equipment & machinery, automotive, high tech & electronics, aerospace & defense, and medical devices.

The ground breaking venture has expanded its support capabilities across Nashville, Atlanta, and Pilsen in the Czech Republic in additional to the Aalborg, Denmark location. PDM technology is working to automate the product design process, using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The company is also planning to add new functions and features to their products with a focus on providing value to the customers’ business.

Bluestar PLM Connects Operations in the Cloud

Bluestar PLM has evolved right alongside Microsoft since the very beginning, and that has continued with the emergence of cloud technology. As one of the first movers, Bluestar PLM was ready for the cloud when Dynamics 365 for finance and operations (D365) was released to the field. As a fully functional D365-embedded solution, Bluestar PLM is the premiere engineering solution for D365 to support engineering data from CAD to attributes.

It solves the main issues faced by their customers: inconsistent data and inefficient use of manpower. By automating procedures for clerical work, replacing manual data entry from CAD to ERP systems, engineers can work much more efficiently with the help of Bluestar PLM. With a reduction in errors means less errors between engineering and production teams resulting in additional time, to create and innovate new designs.

Bluestar ECM features a total-integrated engineering change management functionality; enabling users to fully understand the design and dollar impact of engineering changes before they are implemented. Bluestar QMS Quality is looking forward to expand on the current PLM functionality support of claims, non-conformance, CAPA and warranty processes.

Product Benefits

  • Ability to drive business processes across engineering and manufacturing.
  • CAD-ERP integration with multiple CAD systems, mechanical and electrical.
  • Complete engineering and manufacturing traceability.
  • Revision and change management control of AX items and the related documentation.
  • Integrated sales and engineering configurator with 3D support.

Cloud Integration

PDM technology uses Microsoft cloud products to enhance and expand their solutions. To meet the requirements of their customers, it is crucial that they have access to other Microsoft solutions which stores important documen­ts, sales materials, and BOMs. Microsoft integration has been crucial to Bluestar PLM since its inception, and PDM Technology now fur­ther supports full integration of Office 365 within Bluestar PLM for Dynamics 365.

Competing to Win

Bluestar PLM is embedded within Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations. The software is written in the exact same program­ming language as D365 and inside of D365 makes Bluestar PLM an ERP based PLM. This is the key that provides Bluestar PLM customers with a single set of data inside of one system, a unified process of working for the complete organization!

Customer Care

Bluestar PLM’s main customer acquisition strategy stems from word-of-mouth marketing -satisfied customers spread the word about their success with the Bluestar products. Recommendations are passed on directly between CIOs and engineers, where each side is eager to learn more about the benefits of Bluestar PLM for their business needs.

The Bluestar team gauges their customer satis­faction levels by participating in in-depth customer sessions at AXUG every year, and by maintaining close contact with the customer at both the man­agement as well as the support level. Building strong, long-lasting relationships with their customers is the cornerstone of PDM technology’s customer retention strate­gy. The support team is skilled at following-up with the customer on a continual basis after they apply Bluestar PLM.

Accolades & Recognition

Bluestar  has been recognized by CIOReview as, ‘20 most promising Microsoft solution provider 2017.’