Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Develop Better Products in Less Time

A significant reduction of the so-called “time-to-market” is nowadays a must for many manufacturers in order to meet customer requirements, remain competitive and at the same time permanently reduce internal development costs. But how do you shorten a process that today takes four years, yet tomorrow is to only take two years while at the same time not compromising product quality?

The goal must be to bundle forces sensibly, optimize project processes and create functioning interfaces. After all, each department often works with its software tools in an optimized way, but when it comes to cooperation between the individual departments, one quickly encounters numerous “time and resource guzzlers”.

An innovative and networked Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) can eliminate these weak points. All processes of a company, from development and production to sales, maintenance and optimization, can be controlled via a common database. All relevant information is centrally managed and made available to all those involved.

For example, the cooperation between product design and simulation can be optimized: If simulation solutions are already used in the design phase, component function and strength can be ensured in the early development phases. The simulation models created in the design phase can then be adopted, combined and extended by simulation experts to perform virtual prototype tests. Final reports and parts lists can be generated automatically and linked to the project and geometry data, thus ensuring an up-to-date data status. The entire development chain thus becomes more agile and efficient.

Product Lifecycle Management is therefore a holistic approach that works across the entire product lifecycle and at all levels of the company. PLM can not only drastically reduce time-to-market. Tools such as the Dassault Systèmes' 3DEXPERIENCE® platform also help to significantly reduce internal development costs while increasing innovation, productivity and quality.

The 3DEXPERIENCE Platform from Dassault Systèmes

Innovative and Networked Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform is an integrated business experience platform. The basic idea is to display and control the entire process from the initial idea to the finished product in one system. Because above all, innovation is created when experts from different areas work together. However, for this collaboration to be efficient and, most importantly, successful, functioning interfaces must ensure smooth communication. This is where the 3DEXPERIENCE platform comes in. Using a common database for all applications – from project management and development to production simulation and parts list generation – all parties involved at all locations can access the data relevant to them at any time, in real time. This means that fewer meetings are needed to make arrangements. Less work is duplicated, and waiting for feedback from other departments is eliminated. Overall, faster and better decisions can be made.


Flexible and Scalable

By bundling the know-how of all areas, and managing processes sensibly, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform helps you develop the best possible product in an efficient way. Depending on the size of the company and availability of resources, it can be used in two different ways:

The location-based 3DEXPERIENCE platform runs directly on your servers and can be fully customized to your requirements and internal processes. Existing systems (e.g. ERP or SAP) can also be integrated without problems.



The cloud solution can be implemented particularly quickly and easily using preconfigured applications. Dassault Systèmes takes care of hosting, installation, administration and maintenance for you, so you need far fewer of your own resources and do not need to invest in additional IT infrastructure. Clear user management and the “Security-in-Depth” concept guarantee a high level of security and protection of sensitive data. All applications are always up to date through regular updates.

A software like the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is a necessary tool for a successful Product Lifecycle Management. However, in order to use this tool in a target-oriented manner, an individual and cross-divisional strategy must first be developed. Together with our partner Schwindt, we would be happy to support you in setting up networked processes and implementing the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.

The advantages of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform at a glance:

Shortened time-to-market

Reduced development costs


Reduced resource consumption through optimized processes

Simplified cooperation between departments and locations

Transparency and predictability

Functional scope of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

Individually and Flexibly Configurable

The 3DEXPERIENCE® platform combines a wide range of Dassault Systèmes solutions and brands under one roof. In addition, software systems that are already available in the company (e.g. ERP, SAP) can also be integrated.

Whether project manager, design engineer, simulation engineer or analyst, each user has access to specific functions that can be individually adapted to his or her area of responsibility and know-how. Here we would like to present a small selection of the simulation possibilities in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. We would be pleased to advise you in a personal conversation about all further options.

Structural Mechanical Simulation for Experts

Experienced simulation engineers can use expert tools to perform extensive simulations and solve complex development tasks. For this purpose, the full scope of the industry-leading simulation technology SIMULIA Abaqus is available, including:

  • Calculation of complex contact problems
  • Dynamic processes
  • Multi-step analyses
  • Material card calibration
  • High-end pre- and post-processing
  • ...

The integrated tools in the 3DEXPERIENCE platform offer state-of-the-art pre- and post-processing functionalities. This includes geometry clean-up, networking, clear setting of boundary and initial conditions and finally powerful evaluation options. This enables simulation specialists to quickly create or manipulate geometries even without CAD experience. Rule-based working means that the link to the geometry is always available. Changes in the geometry can be made in the simulation via automatic updates.

Structural Mechanical Simulation for Designers

Product designers and engineers can easily and efficiently perform structural mechanical simulations in an intuitively understandable yet powerful environment. Depending on requirements, the functions can range from linear validation calculations accompanying the design process to non-linear calculations on assemblies.

The seamless interaction of CAD, PLM and CAE allows the product behavior of different design options to be tested within the familiar design environment. Key questions about the integrity of the product under a variety of loading conditions are answered during the design process. Only minimal knowledge of simulation is required for this.

Injection Moulding Simulation

Guided simulation processes enable designers to check plastic components for manufacturability. Mould designs and manufacturing alternatives can be easily examined and compared with each other, taking into account the manufacturing constraints. The design process is accelerated because fewer iterations are required. At the same time, the costs for prototype construction can be drastically reduced. In addition, improved mould designs are possible, resulting in higher quality injection moulded parts. CATIA tools for mold making can be seamlessly integrated.


Flow Mechanical Simulation

Thanks to the intuitive interface and a user wizard for setting up the flow model, only limited expertise and experience in the field of simulation is required for analyses of steady-state flow conditions. Expert knowledge can also be made available through reusable simulation templates with predefined settings for fluid properties, turbulence models, and boundary and initial conditions. The seamless transition between CAD and flow simulation allows the user to focus on the product and make an assessment of pressure loss or turbulence early in the development process. Extended possibilities in the initial design process are opened up by tools that allow the optimization of geometries with regard to flow control and pressure loss.

Open Platform with Connection to Proven Products

The connection of classical simulation solutions like SIMULIA Abaqus/CAE or SIMULIA Simpack to the 3DEXPERIENCE platform allows targeted knowledge management and reliable version control. The simulation models are directly assigned to the corresponding CAD models and projects and are centrally managed. Simple visualization tools make the simulation results directly available in the platform, which reduces the time needed for documentation and report generation and at the same time accelerates decision making.

Simulation Processes and Optimization

Centrally provided processes and workflows as well as the integration of all analytical tools enable projects to be carried out more quickly and allow for the making of well-founded decisions that are comprehensible to all on the basis of up-to-date data. At the same time, the integration of different tools in the simulation process offers the possibility to carry out parameter studies and optimizations already for the determination of initial designs. Existing scripts or Excel knowledge and proven procedures (best practices) are thus made available for the application and the direct flow into the development of the products.