Title: Integrated PLM-process-approach for the development and management of telecommunications products in a multi-lifecycle environment

Authors: Julius D. Golovatchev, Oliver Budde, Chin-Gi Hong

Addresses: PLM Competence Team, Detecon International GmbH, Oberkasseler Str. 2, D-53227 Bonn, Germany. ' Research Institute for Operations Management, Aachen University, Pontdriesch 14/16, D-52062 Aachen, Germany. ' Enterprise Effectiveness and PLM, Detecon International GmbH, Frankfurter Str. 27, D-65760 Eschborn, Germany

Abstract: Products in the telecommunications industry consist of several modules that in sum create the customer benefit (e.g., Multi-Play products). Each module embodies its own lifecycle, which implies an additional product complexity in terms of module design, module management and module removal from the product. The authors provide reasons why the holistic view on the product lifecycle management is critical for an efficient PLM, and present a new approach for PLM-Process Management in a multi-lifecycle environment The paper closes with the presentation of a short case study validating the proposed process design for a company in the telecommunications industry.

Keywords: MLM; multi-lifecycle management; extended product; integrated PLM-process approach; PLM-flex; PLM-max; PLM-fast; telecommunications products; product lifecycle management; process design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMTM.2010.031370

International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management, 2010 Vol.19 No.3/4, pp.224 - 237

Published online: 02 Feb 2010 *

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