The PLM Build phase aims at building the PLM application, configuring and/or developing software functions. During this phase, tests will be developed, the data to be imported will be prepared, the operational methods will be formalised and training courses and communication material will be created.
This phase requires the deepest knowledge of the PLM tool, the processes and day-to-day activities.
Lifecycle Experience / Altran offers an extensive set of services to support and lead the PLM Build phase:
- Detailed design: detailed analysis and specifications to set up, configure and customise the software, including a precise data model (objects, relationships between objects, objects attributes), a list of user profiles and roles, data access rules, a list of workflows, the various object status.
- Configuration/customisation: software configuration and/or customisation as described in the detailed design document.
- Software development: development of specific software pieces to build a PLM solution perfectly suiting users’ expectations. It can be additional functions to a PLM platform, new ergonomics for existing functions, interfaces between various pieces of the software, data import/export mechanisms, etc.
- Test development: preparation of the testing activities and testing environment including tasks: writing data loading scripts, building test automation procedures or preparing results analysis.
- Data cleansing: preparation of the data to be imported into the new PLM solution including qualifying data to be migrated, building tools to automate the extraction of data from its current repository, performing a process to qualify and improve data quality.
- Operational methods & training development: development of the training support material and environment as well as formalisation of the future operational methods and processes.
- Communication development: communication material development and design to ensure information sharing and adhesion to project objectives all along the project.
- Disaster planning: risk analysis including root cause and impact analysis, preventive actions to be taken in order to prevent failures and disasters and to limit their consequences. The recovery plan defines the actions to be performed in case of disaster. It also includes test scenarios definition to validate the plan and to periodically test its relevancy and operationality.
Altran were engaged by a major Aerospace manufacturer to redevelop their design, methods and processes following a major PLM upgrade. This task simultaneously adapted the existing design processes to the new Computer Aided Design (CAD) & Product Data Management (PDM) tools, and sought for maximising the benefit of applying the new technology to their products.
Digital mock-up management
Altran were engaged by a major Aerospace manufacturer to support increased collaboration across their development teams in order to deliver faster product maturity and quality, thus reducing manufacturing assembly errors. This was delivered through consolidation of, and improvements to their digital mockup management processes and tools.