Engineering Change Management (ECM)

Manufacturers are repeatedly faced with input from customers, suppliers and other stakeholders which, directly or indirectly, advocates product changes. This input triggers internal engineering change processes that are complex in nature, involving many objects, tasks, and people who may be scattered across several departments and locations.

Successfully executing engineering changes is a matter of absorbing this input into a change process which manages the objects affected by the change, and routes change-related information and tasks to the agents responsible for the affected objects.

Understand the supply chain impact of engineering changes before they are implemented

Bluestar PLM enables users to promote engineering changes through the entire change cycle all the way from request through the actual implementation of the change in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations & AX ERP systems.

Thanks to its integration with both ERP and CAD environments, it provides complete transparency in the cost and logistic feasibility of engineering changes. Meanwhile, Bluestar ECM ensures that affected products and associated documents are revision controlled and always up-to-date during the entire change process.

Customer Benefits

Know the cost and feasibility of engineering changes

An overview of the downstream impact enables sound change-related decisions. Save time identifying the impact of change manually.

Enforce best practice change procedures

Your entire organization operating in a shared ERP/PLM environment will abide by formal change procedures for increased quality and consistency.

 Reduce errors in the change process

Gain an overview of the complete change history, and easier management and monitoring of engineering changes

Shorten change cycles

Ensure the timely phase-in of new revisions in Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX, with improved responsiveness towards input from customers and colleagues. 

Increased engineering productivity

Eliminate the paper trail that usually accompanies engineering changes.

 Increased collaboration and coordination across the organization

With both ERP and PLM change-related data shared across engineering and operations, you will be able to coordinate multiple changes simultaneously with greater precision. 

Key Features

End-To-End Change Management 

Provides an integrated platform for creating, planning and implementing product changes while taking all dependencies in sales, engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing into account.

“What-If” Scenarios

Enables ECO cost and feasibility calculations to help make better change decisions.

Workflow Automation 

Drives ECO processes spanning engineering and operations with cross-functional workflow automation. A graphical drag & drop design engine allows for the easy creation of best-practice workflow templates. 

Mass Replace 

Easily replace or delete a part wherever it is used on other BOMs. 

Revision Trail & Comparison 

Stores a complete revision history of Dynamics 365/AX items, BOMs and the associated drawings and technical documentation. Enables the comparison of indented BOM revisions. 

Release Control 

Advanced control of when and to which Dynamics 365/AX Companies revisions are released. 

Affected Designs Analysis 

It generates a list of how other product designs are affected by a product change. 

Change Impact Analysis 

Analyzes the impact a product change has on routes and work-in-progress (sales orders, production orders, purchase orders, inventories, etc.). 

Integration with Dynamics 365 ECM

Extend Bluestar PLM’s Engineering Change Management capabilities and functionalities to the ERP system with Dynamics 365’s change management module. The interconnectivity between the systems allows creating change requests in Dynamics 365, completing the engineering changes in Bluestar PLM, then finalizing the change with the manufacturing changes in the ERP. This not only ensures that the whole change is covered within a single flow, but also improves the traceability and manageability of multi-revision product data without losing any of the known Bluestar PLM functionality.