Smart Product Lifecycle Management
A product system’s life cycle is characterized by the three phases – Beginning of Life (BOL), including Design and Production, Middle-of-Life (MOL), including Use, Service and Maintenance and End-of-Life (EOL), characterized by various scenarios such as reuse of the product with refurbishing, reuse of components with disassembly and refurbishing, disposal with or without incineration etc. The product lifecycle focuses on the complete lifecycle of a product with special emphasis in tracking and managing of information at the last two phases of the product’s life cycle, i.e. Use, Service and Maintenance or MOL and EOL, and, the possible feedback of information from these phases to BOL (Design and Production). The reason to focus on the two last phases of a product’s lifecycle is because, between the first phases, design and production, the information flow is quite complete and supported by intelligent systems like CAD/CAM. Product Data Management (PDM), and Knowledge Management systems are effectively and efficiently used by the industry and, through their influence, by their suppliers. Also the information flow becomes less and less complete in and from the MOL phase to the final EOL phase. It is fair to say that the information flow breaks down after the delivery of the product to the customer. Smart Product Lifecycle Management and Information Tracking System is to allow information flow management to go beyond the customer, to close the product lifecycle information loops and to enable the seamless e-Transformation of Product Lifecycle Information to Knowledge.
Synergia’s SPLM provides the required product lifecycle models, Product Embedded Information Devices with associated firmware and software components and tools for decision making based on data gathered throughout a product lifecycle. This is done to enable and exploit the seamless flow, tracing and updating of information about a product, after its delivery to the customer and up to its final destiny (deregistration, decommissioning) and back to the designer and producer. The concept of is to allow information flow management to go beyond the customer, to close the product lifecycle information loops, and to enable the seamless e-Transformation of Product Lifecycle Information to Knowledge.
Synergia’s Product Embedded Information Devices (PEID) is expected to progress rapidly and be largely used for advanced Product Lifecycle Management and real-time data-monitoring throughout the Product Supply. This technology will particularly allow producers to dramatically increase their capability and capacity to offer high-quality after-sales services while, at the same time, being able to demonstrate responsibility as producers of environmental friendly and sustainable products