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Product Structure Standard

 

Introduction

 

The Product Structure Standard is a neutral, accurate and robust standard that follows the natural rules of PDM.  It is therefore easy for large corporations to align with their own in-house structures.  Because it is simple and concise, it provides an effective template for SMEs to set up their PDM architecture.

 

 
Product Structure Standard
 

Product Structure is an area of massive complexity for many companies, and it may be hard to imagine how a single standard could apply throughout PLM.

 

The key to finding a standard is to set aside the "product shape" or "product configuration" viewpoint and to focus instead on the fundamental rules that apply to products in an industrial or commercial environment. These rules apply to every product type, in every industry.

 

 

 

 

Overview

 

The Product Structure Standard is a 29-page document that now stands at Version 2.11.

The Contents include:-

  • Terminology
  • Product Fundamentals
  • Types of Product Structure
  • Configuration Rules
  • Product Structure Phases
  • PDM Rules
  • Documentation Rules

 

Benefits of Use

 

Despite its unglamorous title, the Product Structure Standard resolves some of the most important issues in PLM:-

  • How should the data within PDM be structured?
  • What level of manual structuring is allowable?
  • Rules that apply to variants and substitutes
  • What data should be in PDM, and what should be in ERP?
  • What kind of structures are not allowed?

At the highest level, the Product Structure Standard provides the rules that enable you to define the borders between PLM and ERP.

When used in detail with the PLMuERP Handbook, it enables you to fully understand and map the "Bridge" {see Section 15} - to manage the unilateral and bilateral data flows between the PLM platform and the ERP system.


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