EAM vs PLM: the important difference
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Today's blog entry comes from David Turner, the IBM Expert for Asset Management in the Government industry.
There seems to be widespread misunderstanding about overlaps and differences between Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and asset management software. PLM software is a powerful tool for design and production support and can facilitate connecting certain aspects of a manufacturer’s aftermarket services operation to design and production. Asset management software is specifically designed to support logistics operations and the maintenance of assets.
Both systems include configuration management capabilities and while PLM focuses on “as-designed” and “as-built” configuration control, asset management software focuses more on supporting the “as maintained” configurations while also providing linkage to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) data, including the “As-Designed” and “As-Delivered” configurations of assets. The figure below illustrates where Maximo’s Asset Configuration Management (ACM) solution supports configuration management processes as part of the asset service life cycle.
Today’s commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) asset management systems, such as IBM Maximo Asset Management, are used extensively to manage all asset types, including facilities, process equipment, transportation (aviation, marine, rail, vehicles) and even information technology (IT) assets. This multi-asset class capability does indeed reduce the risk and financial costs of managing multiple different asset management systems, while providing immediate access to all asset lifecycle data including critical product configuration data, maintenance programs, and supply/logistic visibility.
Asset hierarchies with well-defined linkages to technical data, specifications, work instructions, safety procedures and system interfaces are at the core of modern asset management systems. Leading solutions also support linear and spatial asset definition and management methods.
The value of a sophisticated asset management system is that it offers solutions which “scale” properly to meet the real world needs of each work domain. Contemporary asset management systems support multiple different form factors, providing the right user interface for each role, including full browser support, shop floor touch screen kiosks, ruggedized mobile platforms, smart phones, tablets, and even voice interactive systems.
In this whitepaper, “Effective Configuration Management for Complex Assets,” we provide our view of how the asset configuration management requirement should be addressed by operators and maintainers of complex assets.