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1 (419) 867-5400 | Email Us

PDM vs PLM Differences Explained

While both systems have their own unique purpose, they are essential in managing data and information related to designs/products. Successful companies manage these tools to make themselves more efficient.

PDM: Product Data Management (PDM) is a system of collecting attributes, metadata, validations and other knowledge of a particular product to be used to qualify or differentiate one article from the next.E1 Trainingpanel Training

PLM: Product Life Management (PLM) systems organizes and integrates PDM information with other related disciplines like Business Process Management (BPM), Customer Relations Management (CRM), and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP).

PDM systems are a central source of organizing data for easy access to all in the value chain. A PLM system manages information on a product from cradle to grave, or in other words, from concept through disposal, recycle, or rebirth.

Generally, PDM information is generated and owned by design departments where PLM information requires involvement from all integrating information systems from each department of an organization.

So which do you have and how do you use it?


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Rob Groll

Director - Design Services

Rob’s years of experience in the plastic packaging industry includes PET container design, preform design, handle design, project engineering, as well as the associated tooling design. Rob has applied his engineering background to create a variety of complex bottle shapes which incorporate the importance of form and function in design.

Rob has supported every PTI customer with creative package design work and has routinely taken customer concepts to commercial reality.