Integrate your ECAD data with Bluestar PLM/Dynamics 365

As a manufacturer of electronic products, you need a component management system that provides real-time updates on multiple component sources, so you will acquire only the most cost-beneficial and high-quality parts for your products.

 

For electronics companies, Bluestar PLM inside D365 supports a single source of product truth platform that manages component data libraries to ensure data consistency. Bluestar PLM manages new part requests and revisions, part lifecycles, and integrates with multiple design tools for improving multi-disciplinary product development and seamlessly sharing ECAD libraries on a global, enterprise-wide level.

 

It is a solution for your business that helps electronics companies mitigate the risk of experiencing product failures and errors that have a huge impact on product cost, quality, and time-to-market.

Reduce time-to-market and product development costs

As a manufacturer or OEM in electronics you need a component management system that provides real-time updates on multiple component sources, so you will acquire only the most cost-beneficial and high-quality parts for your products.

This way, your product design will be ready for production by the time they are handed over to your supply chain manager, with no BOM-rejections due to non-compliant and hazardous materials used in your products that have reached the end of their lifecycle.

Bluestar PLM, serves as a simple holistic single source of product truth platform, to manage component data libraries to ensure data consistency, simplify new part requests and revisions, manage part lifecycles and revisions and integrate with multiple design tools to share Electronics CAD libraries globally.

It is an application that helps electronics companies mitigate the risk of having product failures and errors that have a huge impact on product cost, quality and most importantly: time-to-market.

Common issues in the Electronics industry

Key Challenge​s within Electrical & Electronics industry

Lifecycle and Workflow process improvement

Technology evolves quickly, and it is crucial for electronics manufacturers to have the right workflow processes in place for product changes and new product introduction.

 

Collaboration across electrical and mechanical domains

Design teams from different engineering domains working on the same product, often find it hard to seamlessly collaborate as they use design tools (ECAD, MCAD) that are poorly integrated with each other. Errors and constraints are often discovered late in the design process, when they are far more costly and time-consuming to re-work.

 

Product change notice (PCN) received too late

The PCN is a notice of Last time buy and or EOL. When the PCN is received too late in the development process, the engineer does not have time to react and find replacements.

 

Staying compliant with environmental regulations

Staying compliant with international environmental regulations requires vigorous due diligence, recording and maintaining material lists for thousands of parts; an impossible task for any compliance manager when data bases are manually maintained.

Maintaining component information

Manually maintaining component information on EOL, schematic symbols, footprints, 3D models and pricing is extremely difficult and prone to human error. It can bring OEMs out of commission for months.

 

Maintaining Approved Manufacturer Lists (AML)

Cross-referencing manufacturer information on pricing, product data sheets and component EOLs is a daunting and never-ending task, crucial in acquiring high-standard and sustainable products fast, in a fast-paced market.

 

Where are my parts used? 

Where-used knowledge and parametric data on parts is essential for engineers to make better data-driven design decisions and understand the financial impact of design changes on the entire company product portfolio.

 

Service and Warranty 

Electronic product components require a high level of release controls in engineering to be put in place to provide a greater level of customer service satisfaction and increase trust in brand. 

How having PLM inside D365/AX ERP benefits electronics manufacturers

Seamlessly share parts libraries on an enterprise basis

Part information and lifecycle status as well as lead time information is acquired prior to releasing the BOM for approval. This vastly improves time-to-market and mitigates the number of errors related to component stock issues or obsolescence.

Integrate global business processes

End-to-end issues are tracked and coordinated, and change impact analysis lets you understand the impact of design decisions to arrive at a far more optimal and cost-beneficial design.

Improve collaboration between design teams

Integrate multiple formats of MCAD and ECAD design data into on place. Design intent and incremental engineering changes on PCBs and mechanical enclosures are shared immediately between design teams, lowering the risk of discovering constraints and errors late in development. Grants you a faster and more efficient development process.

Uphold your product compliance obligations

Identify non-compliant products before costly mistakes are made at the point the product goes into manufacturing and release. Avoid products being taken off-market, paying huge fines, and suffering severe credibility loss of your brand.

Trace Work-in-Progress and reduce errors

Track the latest product changes - in real-time - and who made them with audit trails for complete visibility and traceability. In this way, all changes that come in are immediately addressed to reduce errors and improve efficiency.

Faster product development

Product data (CAD, PLM and ERP) centralized in a single application promotes greater reuse and saves you time otherwise wasted on searching for information when all product related data is collected in a single BOM - in a single system.

Key Features

Integration with Third-Party data providers

An integration with Third- part data providers, like Silicon Expert, grants you instant access to the latest information on parts at risk, an in-depth look into electronic component lifecycle statuses, and environmental compliance data.

Enterprise-wide component management

Bluestar PLM automatically identifies any new or updated parts that needs to be synchronized. This lets product manufacturers reduce part duplication and prevent use of obsolete or unapproved parts.

Product configuration and variant management

Allow design teams to define each product variant in the same product structure and relate it to all co-dependent parts and products. These dependencies help design teams quickly search and identify relevant data for any product variant.

A single shared component library

Share design changes across domains in a multi-CAD environment, for a transparent product design process, where engineers can work in parallel and not wait for hand-offs between secluded design teams.

Approved manufacturing lists (AML)

From the AML list, vendors can trace and cross-reference component information on component risk analysis, EOL, last time buy, and much more from different providers.

Compliance management

Achieve full material disclosure for all your products and automatically calculate material composures so your products don’t exceed regulated substance levels. For more details on how Bluestar PLM supports compliance management click here

Structured workflows and change processes

In order to meet product delivery and stay within budgets, Bluestar PLM supports best-practice end-to-end workflows and change management that lets PCB designers define and adjust workflows to their unique processes.

Integration with Third-Party data providers

An integration with Third- part data providers, like Silicon Expert, grants you instant access to the latest information on parts at risk, an in-depth look into electronic component lifecycle statuses, and environmental compliance data.

 

Enterprise-wide component management

Bluestar PLM automatically identifies any new or updated parts that needs to be synchronized. This lets product manufacturers reduce part duplication and prevent use of obsolete or unapproved parts.

 

Approved manufacturing lists (AML)

From the AML list, vendors can trace and cross-reference information on component risk analysis, EOL, last time buy, and much more from different providers.

 

A single shared component library

Share design changes across domains in a multi-CAD environment, for a transparent product design process, where engineers can work in parallel and not wait for hand-offs between secluded design teams. 

Compliance management

Achieve full material disclosure for all your products and automatically calculate material composures so your products don’t exceed regulated substance levels. For more details on how Bluestar PLM supports compliance management click here.

 

Structured workflows and change processes

In order to meet product delivery and stay within budgets, Bluestar PLM supports best-practice end-to-end workflows and change management that lets PCB designers define and adjust workflows to their unique processes. 

 

Product configuration and variant management

Allow design teams to define each product variant in the same product structure and relate it to all co-dependent parts and products. These dependencies help design teams quickly search and identify relevant data for any product variant.