Why ERP-based PLM?

The ”Missing Link” Between Engineering and Manufacturing

By merging ERP and PLM environments into a single collaborative solution, it enables manufacturers to collaborate around a single set of product data across departments, locations, suppliers and customers. Since Bluestar PLM is embedded in Microsoft Dynamics 365/AX, it connects users from sales, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing, and service in a single 365/AX-based solution, making a world of difference.

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Whitepaper: 10 Reasons Why You need ERP-based PLM

Learn how PLM embedded in ERP, can help your manufacturing company enter industry 4.0, by fully leveraging product data.


10 Reasons Why You need ERP-based PLM

Learn how PLM embedded in ERP can help your manufacturing company enter industry 4.0 by fully leveraging product data.

Key Customer benefits +

Reliable Product Data Across the Enterprise

Manage and access data and documentation from CAD, Office, PLM and ERP in a single Dynamics 365/AX-based solution. All data is revision controlled and made available to all departments and locations at the point of use – one source of product truth for the entire company.

Fewer Errors

With everyone working with a single set of data in a single solution, errors caused by data inconsistencies between CAD, PLM and ERP systems are eliminated.

Out-Of-The-Box CAD-ERP Integration

Manages 2D/3D CAD files with a two-way exchange of meta-data between CAD and ERP. This ensures that CAD and ERP data are always kept in sync in a single solution.

“All-Inclusive” Product Change Management​

Since Bluestar PLM is embedded in Dynamics 365/AX ERP and integrates with CAD, you can manage all engineering and manufacturing change dependencies in a single solution. This includes affected designs as well as impacted work-in-progress such as production order, inventories, purchase orders, etc.

Start-To-Finish Business Process Automation

Because users from sales, Engineering, Purchasing and Manufacturing are brought together on a common D365F&O/AX-based system, workflow automation can be applied across Engineering and Operations. This means that business processes can be mapped and executed from start to finish.

Lower TCO​

Bluestar PLM is maintained as an integral part of Dynamics 365F&O/AX. This provides a simple IT infrastructure with no redundant maintenance of stand-alone PLM systems required.

Worldwide Collaboration

Enables distributed engineering and manufacturing teams to collaborate globally with quick access to centralized product data and distributed, up-to-date 3D files.

A PLM-solution that is scalable implemented easily based on a cloud easy to maintain that is inside Dynamics 365/AX

PLM inside Dynamics 365/AX

One Solution for all in Engineering and Operations. The familiar Dynamics user interface reduces training costs and accelerates user adoption and does not require a dedicated PLM server or database. It’s easy to customize and maintain the system using the native Dynamics development environment (MorphX). Bluestar PLM makes it possible for everyone at anytime to collaborate through a cloud-based PLM-solution.

CAD Integration

Establish a bi-directional exchange of items, BOMs, properties, 2D/3D models and drawings between Dynamics 365F&O & AX and CAD systems for seamless transfer of data between CAD, PLM and ERP.

Supported CAD systems include: AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidWorks, Catia, Pro/ENGINEER (Creo), Solid Edge, CoCreate, ME10, Draftsight & Siemens NX.

Engineering Change Management

Manage the complete impact of product changes in costs and time thanks to deep integrations with purchasing, manufacturing and inventory modules.

Quality Management System

The solution also enables you to easily build your own QMS applications to accommodate your specific quality related requirements.

CAD-ERP link

For SOLIDWORKS, Inventor and Solid Edge. One solution for everyone (D365) Engineering & Operations
Easy access to data for/from Engineering and Operations.

2D & 3D Configuration/Variant Management

Generate 3D Models based on your configurations. Easily manage product variants. D365F&O/AX based product configuration platform that lets you manage the entire configuration process from quotation through engineering and manufacturing in a single system.

PLM-ERP link

Embedded in SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD native interface. Seamless and bidirectional transfer of PLM & ERP data.

Business Process Management

Manage business processes with user defined workflows and user defined associate documentation.

Key Features

Embedded in Dynamics 365/AX

Developed on and for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations & AX ERP platform for optimum integration between engineering and manufacturing, and lower TCO.

Revision Control

Tracks revisions of Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations & AX items and their related drawings, 3D models, routes and technical documentation for optimum traceability.

Product Data Centralization

Consolidates data and documents from CAD, Office, PLM and ERP environments in a single, corporate-wide data repository.

Engineering Change Management

Manages the change management process from initial request through impact analysis and implementation in the production system.

CAD Integration

Automates the exchange of data and files between Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations & AX and a range of supported CAD systems.

Workflow Automation

Drives business processes from start to finish across departments and locations using an intuitive graphical workflow engine.

Product Structure Management

Visually manage multi-level bills of materials, associated drawings and documentation in a single indented product structure view. Easily create new product structures using powerful drag & drop design.

Product Classification

Hierarchical product classifications and classification-specific attributes enable consistently exact part descriptions to ensure optimal data reuse.

Microsoft Office Integration

Enables the check-in and check-out of Office documents for greater control of your product related documentation.

Multi-Site Engineering Collaboration

Enables collaboration between geographically dispersed engineering teams through intelligent file replication.

Smart Data Sharing with Suppliers

Transfer all product related files from a single BOM structure to an external source of the user’s choice. Export files in an easy and controlled manner,  providing suppliers with all the information they need to manufacture products and fulfill orders.

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