Can PLM software handle packaging?
Obviously packaging lifecycle management is an intrinsic part of the product life cycle management. Given the highly specialized needs of packaging, trying to fully manage the packaging project in the larger business process environment is often inadequate.
Product life cycle management software is often too generic and fails to bring the needed visuals and calculation functions to convince overloaded people to spend time in the system. Often, packaging people desire a higher degree of simplicity and usability.
PLM software should not necessarily try to manage the complete packaging lifecycle. Packaging lifecycle management software, however, should tightly integrate with product life cycle management systems.
The advantages of such distribution of responsibility are:
- The different systems can evolve separately while maintaining the integration over clear exchange formats
- One generic business process system can interact with multiple packaging management systems, for example from different divisions and/or suppliers. The opposite is also valuable: have one packaging system accepting projects from various sources as one company rarely uses only one business system.
Integrate the packaging process into the business process but still delegate packaging decisions to the system that has the best knowledge and functionality for packaging.