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Business and information management architectures for delivering Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in Engineer To Order (ETO) products

McKendry, DA and Whitfield, RI and Duffy, AHB (2015) Business and information management architectures for delivering Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in Engineer To Order (ETO) products. In: ICCAS 2015. Royal Institution of Naval Architects. ISBN 9781909024335

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Abstract

BAE Systems Naval Ships is undertaking a comprehensive overhaul of all aspects of its approach to the engineering, design and manufacture of complex warships. Through a partnership with the University of Strathclyde, research is underway on the implementation of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) to meet organisational objectives. An overview of PLM is provided highlighting the challenges specific to the characteristics of Engineering to Order (ETO) products. These challenges relate to understanding PLM organisational objectives and aligning these with the relevant technology. Central to BAE Systems Naval Ships PLM approach is the Integrated Bill of Materials (iBoM) which is a critical enabler for the organisations transformational objectives. The implementation of the iBoM will be used to develop a framework for implementing PLM to ensure that the technology supports the business objectives of ETO product development, i.e. the integration of business and technology architectures.