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CM2-based physical item hierarchy implementation for a product lifecycle management system

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2019
Seven, Duygu Abadan
Configuration Management is a process that provides consistency among the product requirements, the product itself, and associated product configuration information by applying appropriate resources, processes, and tools. Configuration is an arrangement of parts, requirements or data in a particular form, figure, or combination. There can be one or more configuration for a product. Each of them needs to be managed throughout its lifecycle. Software tools which are called Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tools provide a set of capabilities to manage product configurations and all datasets associated with a product. There is an enterprise configuration management methodology named CM2, proposed by Institute for Process Excellence (IpX), which is also for enterprise product lifecycle change. In this study, generating physical item hierarchy (As Planned/As Released Baseline) which is the first step of the core business processes of CM2 has been integrated to a PLM tool. Owing to this implementation, the generated physical item hierarchy enables to analyze the product with its connected datasets during the development and the production phases and to increase the potential of reuse existing items and associated documents. The contribution of generating physical item hierarchy through the PLM system to the configuration management applications in the defense industry is explained in the case study.