PLM on the Edge

The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are displacing Cloud based centralized applications. Future IOT applications will bring together hyperconnectivity, edge computing, Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), and Artificial Intelligence. We explore the connotations for using PLM as an extended enterprise solution with involvement from suppliers and customers. We explore how PLM solutions will integrate mechanical, electronic, and software domains and support ALM-SLM integration for faster changes and upgrades.

The next generation of products have a mix of mechanical, electronic, and software components. One of the major problems with dealing with this multi-disciplinary design is the different language constructs spoken by disciplines in Engineering. One of the ways to address this is through Domain Specific Languages (DSL.) In past work, mechanical design using language constructs have been addressed through Knowledge Based Engineering (KBE) technologies, electronic design has been addressed through HDL (Hardware Description Language) and VHDL (Verilog.) We present a unified approach to design language construction and design compiler that results in real designed products. We also explore areas for future research by incorporating elements of simulation and exploratory what-if? capabilities by using specific case studies.

(ET) Emergent Technologies