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Product data management (PDM) is a system for managing design data and engineering processes in one central location. Engineering teams use PDM software to organize product-related information, track revisions, collaborate, manage change orders, generate Bills of Materials (BOMs), and more. With a single source for project data, engineers save time and avoid mistakes.
According to a Tech-Clarity report, world-class manufacturers are 30 percent more likely to use PDM or product lifecycle management (PLM) to manage their design data.
Experience direct CAD integration, fast data searching, easily file replacement and reuse, and safe simultaneous access to data. With PDM, your design workflow has never been smoother.
Share 2D or 3D views of your work with others (even those outside your company's firewall) and get comments and feedback directly inside your product.
Get automated engineering change order, revision control, BOM management, and more. Keep your engineering processes under control with PDM software.
You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, leverage existing design data. Easily access and configure files you want to replace, reuse, or copy to use in new designs.
Stop wasting time managing design data and get back to making great products. Explore solutions to your data management challenges. Image courtesy of Balzer Pacific International.
Want to learn how to go beyond CAD file management with PDM? Just getting started and need to cover the basics? View this guide—featuring solutions to your data management needs.
Watch this recorded webinar to learn how to bring together all the engineering data and documentation at your company with Autodesk Vault.
Product data management software can help you create better designs, reduce errors, and build a more efficient development cycle with features including:
Take control of your valuable design files with PDM. Direct CAD-integration keeps your data in sync in real time.
Automatically capture the revision history on documents as you work. Never lose track of changes.
Integrate design data with systems like MRPs and ERPs.
Strengthen data security by controlling access with permissions for version control and retrieval.
Easily manage engineering change orders (ECOs) with a workflows that help automate the process.
Share 2D or 3D views of your work with others and get comments and feedback directly inside your product.
Functions of PDM systems like file searchability and version control have enabled this integrated finishing process solutions firm to better service the automotive industry.
This process equipment manufacturer has improved product development productivity by simplifying data management workflows and expanding access for suppliers and extended teams.
PDM software helps Joy Mining Machinery improve collaboration and productivity for 400 engineers at 13 engineering sties on 5 continents.
Manage data anytime, anywhere. Some PDM tools allow for scalable, seamless global replication so you can keep your product-related information in sync across multiple sites. Additionally, collaborate externally with 2D or 3D views of your work that others can comment on directly inside your product.