Title: Product lifecycle management – from its history to its new role

Authors: Sergio Terzi, Abdelaziz Bouras, Debashi Dutta, Marco Garetti, Dimitris Kiritsis

Addresses: Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Bergamo, Viale Marconi 5, Dalmine (BG) 24044, Italy. ' Technology Institute IUT Lumiere, Universite de Lyon – Lumiere Lyon II, 160 Bd de l'Universite, Bron Cedex 69676, France. ' Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 226 Mechanical Engineering Building, 1206 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. ' Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, Milano 20133, Italy. ' Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, STI-IGM-LICP, ME A1 396, Station 9, Lausanne 1015, Switzerland

Abstract: This paper is a result of comprehensive consultation among the authors, with the scientists and leading actors in the area of PLM, which is a reference term for a list of phenomena currently ongoing in the industrial community. This paper discusses the pervasive concept of product lifecycle management (PLM), starting from its history to its constituent elements and its role in the current industry. The authors propose and elaborate their vision for the future steps of the PLM in terms of emerging issues and topics that industrial practitioners and researchers need to address.

Keywords: product lifecycle management; PLM state of the art; trends; visions.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2010.036489

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2010 Vol.4 No.4, pp.360 - 389

Published online: 03 Nov 2010 *

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