Product data management in the context of Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0, known as the fourth industrial revolution, generates great potential for self-organized, networked products. Industry 4.0 products have the ability to detect the environmental conditions and are enabled to communicate with each other. They collect lifecycle data, verify information and transfer them back to the product development. The information are used to create a new product generation. Product Data Management Systems (PDM) are used conventionally during the product development phase. In this paper the requirements of Industry 4.0 products are analyzed for PDM Systems. An analysis of six PDM Systems with the greatest market share are provided. At the example of a torch it is demonstrated how a PDM Systems is used to develop and manage the data of an Industry 4.0 product.


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