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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (IJPLM)

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International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management (4 papers in press)

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  • Product and supply chain related data, processes and information systems for product portfolio management   Order a copy of this article
    by Hannu Hannila, Arto Tolonen, Janne Harkonen, Harri Haapasalo 
    Abstract: Traditional Product Data Management (PDM) systems have evolved to support the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The combination, also referred to as PDM/PLM has developed into a product master data (PMD) repository. The PMD and business process related data are utilised in product portfolio management (PPM). However, companies tendency to have product-related data in silos among multiple business processes and information systems (IS) results in uncertain information for PPM. This study focuses on data, processes and information systems related to PMD and supply chain product data (SCPD), PPM and supply chain (SC) processes and information systems. The study highlights the related challenges in providing fact-based data for PPM analysis and decision-making. The results indicate that the key PMD and SCPD have not been connected back to PPM as automated and integrated data flow from enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to the PDM/PLM system. The key SCPD consists of product-related volume and cost information that should be linked to PPM analysis and decision making. These findings are critical to further develop data, processes and IS to support strategic and financial PPM analysis and decision making on what products a company should have in the portfolio.
    Keywords: Product portfolio management; Product Lifecycle Management; Product Master Data; Supply chain product data; Supply chain process; Product data management; Enterprise resource planning.

  • Features of Integration Management Tools in the Aviation Industry   Order a copy of this article
    by Darli Vieira, Raimundo Kennedy, Milena Chang Chain, Adalena Kennedy Vieira 
    Abstract: Environmental concerns have led companies to increasingly optimize their production processes. Thus, the search for greater efficiency has led to the search for better integration of management tools. This has been particularly true in the civil aviation industry, due to its stringent requirements, particularly regarding safety aspects. The objective of this article is to propose a management model that enables integration of the various management tools involving the value chain and product lifecycle management (PLM) with emphasis on new product development (NPD), supply chain management (SCM) and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) in the civil aviation sector. To better describe the relationship between PLM and the tools related to its best use within a value chain, a critical review of the literature was performed. As the main result of this study, a management model that seeks integration of the SCM, MRO and PLM management tools is suggested.
    Keywords: civil aviation industry; management model; PLM; product lifecycle management; maintenance; repair and overhaul; new product development; NPD; MRO; supply chain management; management tools.

  • Defining Lean Product Service Systems (PSS) features and research trends through a systematic literature review   Order a copy of this article
    by Claudio Sassanelli, Monica Rossi, Giuditta Pezzotta, Diego Augusto De Jesus Pacheco, Sergio Terzi 
    Abstract: Through the digitalization of manufacturing, Product-Service Systems (PSS) and smart connected products are, from the companies side, driving a market transition from a sale of products towards a sale of use of solutions, and, from the customers side, reshaping the concept of value. Furthermore, the addition of new services to traditional products is fostering companies to reach new markets, increase their competitive advantage, better satisfy customer needs, strengthen their relationship with them through a prolonged and more intense involvement along the solution lifecycle and pursue sustainable paradigms as Circular Economy. Despite this, the systematic integration of intangibles services with physical products requires companies alignment also in terms of practices and tools adopted to adequately develop and design these complex solutions. The extant literature proposes several approaches to develop PSSs: it has been stated that the majority of them embed in their structure some characteristics that are typical of Concurrent Engineering and Lean Product Development theories. In the meanwhile, a research stream, named Lean PSS, has progressively arisen up in the last few years. However, how so far the extant literature dealing with PSS has already contributed to the forthcoming Lean PSS domain in not clear. In order to better clarify and address this issue, this article, based on a systematic literature review approach, provides a definition of Lean PSS, also exploring its main features and application areas and defining the related possible research opportunities.
    Keywords: Product Service System; PSS; Lean; Lean PSS; literature review; systematic literature review; research trends; Circular Economy.

  • Enhancing Traceability in Heterogeneous Design Platforms   Order a copy of this article
    by Roland Stolt, Fredrik Elgh 
    Abstract: Companies are frequently using in-house developed scripts, macros and applications to support and automate the development of products and product variants. These items are often of different types creating a software environment with a multitude of dependencies. Such environments are often difficult to maintain. In the current paper, an aerospace company with a heterogeneous system that has proven challenging to maintain has been studied. A new method and limited software implementation are tested. It has been evaluated by interviewing four professionals at the company. The result is that existing dependencies successfully can be visualized partly solving the maintenance problem. The implementation provides a higher granularity than current PDM and PLM systems, which has been found to be necessary.
    Keywords: Design platform; dependencies; traceability; maintenance; PDM.