Dealing with product and document lifecycle management along with PDM, DMS or PLM systems in the age of digitalization brings with it many new challenges and questions:

What are PDM, DMS, and PLM anyway?

How will digitalization transform my workflows and what will they look like?

How can a PDM, DMS or PLM system support my digitalization strategy?

Where should I start? What's the first step?

We are constantly being inundated with professional articles and sales pitches, making it hard to find truly useful answers and information that will really move your decision making forward.

With this knowledge portal, PROCAD is committed to supporting you with practical information that is relevant to your experience. We have been speaking the language of product-centric companies for over 30 years. We know what aspects of product and document lifecycle management really matter, what is actually feasible, and how to separate the hype from the real opportunities.

In this portal, we distill key issues down to their essence and show you how to move forward. Step by step. Take a look around!


“In reality, however, PLM has many fathers: Ever since companies started using computer programs in their design work, they needed a way to more easily retrieve and...

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The advent of CAD systems such as AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge, or SolidWorks enabled users to create their technical drawings electronically...

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“Product data management is the use of software or other tools to track and control data related to a particular product. The data tracked usually involves...

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Sometime in the 1990s, electronic archiving and document management systems (DMS software) started to gain momentum in commercial departments. The latter’s advantage...

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The Product Data Backbone provides a foundation for the consolidation of product related data and documents from across all departments and systems. That is why the...

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“In industry, product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design...

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With CAD data management as the starting point, Collaborative PLM represents the stage before complete digitalization in technical-industrial environments...

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The rapid pace of Digitalization in product-centric industries is increasing the number of systems that contribute to the creation of production related information. In addition, data...

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Application PackagesFrom change management to risk and contract management

Best practices provide a proven path to quickly implement new software applications into practice. You don’t have to start programming from scratch, but rather rely on approaches that have already been successfully tried and tested elsewhere. PROCAD calls this [...]

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Seamless ProcessesGetting out of the digital dead end

A PLM solution creates a seamless experience, giving everyone along the process chain – whether it’s order processing, design, production, or sales – controlled access to a consistent and unified Product Data Backbone. This means that establishing a Product Data [...]

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CAD, ERP and PLMPLM integrates information from both CAD and ERP systems

Synchronizing item master data, bills of materials, and project data between the design and production department is always a major challenge but it is one that can be overcome with the use of PLM. Manufacturing companies are frequently confronted with their workflows grinding to [...]

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Of particular


Digital Information Twin Digital Twin and Digital Information Twin Go Hand in Hand

The structure of machinery and equipment is growing increasingly complex. As Digitalization and Industry 4.0 are intensifying, the share of electronic and software components is ever increasing while the share of mechanical components is going down. By merging the product information on all equipment components in a product and document lifecycle management system (PDM/PLM software) and by doing so throughout its entire lifecycle, companies create a digital information twin [...]

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