Prof. h.c. (mult), Dr.-Ing., Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
Martin Eigner is an expert for Product Lifecycle Management and Engineering Processes. After graduating in 1980 at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) in the area of CAD, Prof. Eigner was head of Technical Data Processing in a division of Robert Bosch GmbH. In 1985 he founded EIGNER + PARTNER INC., which was sold to the US company Agile in 2003 and later to ORACLE. In 2003 he founded EIGNER Engineering Consult, a consulting company for the optimization of engineering processes with focus on Product Lifecycle Management. Since 1984 Martin Eigner has been lecturing at universities and authored/co-authored twelve books and several technical papers on CAD/PLM, IT in Engineering and Model Based Systems Engineering. In 1985 he received the VDI ring of honour and in 1994 and 1999 was granted a honorary professorship.
At present Martin Eigner holds the chair in Virtual Product Engineering (VPE ) at the University of Kaiserslautern. In addition to his professional and academic activities he is member on advisory boards of various professional and academic associations, f.e. ProSTEP Association (Automotive), GfSE (German Subsidary of INCOSE), WiGeP (Association of German Institutes for Product Development) and acatech (technical academy).
Presenting: The Future of PLM: An Integrated Approach
20 Feb 2013, 03:10
The requirements for the optimization of the Product Development Process (PDP) in manufacturing companies have grown enormously. Lean Production, structures oriented towards the business process, shorter product cycles and delivery times, as well as decreasing vertical range of manufacture in conjunction with decentralized customer/supplier cooperation, cost pressure, and quality management are key concerns to which a modern PDP must respond. Last not least the Engineering Process is dominated by interdisciplinary collaboration between mechanic, electronic and software development.
The experience that an early implementation of improved methods, processes and IT-solutions during the early product development process causes the highest influence of the product costs and the development times, led to the beginning to already use the methods of the virtual product development in the early concept phase. It is evident that in the early phase of the product development process 70% of the product costs are specified.
The optimization of the early phase of the product development process is the inevitable and consistent extension of the product development methods, which results from the importance of this phase at the expense specified in the product. Typical topics for the optimization of the development processes and implementation in future PLM solutions are Integration from Requirement Management via Functional Product Description to Engineering BOM (Ä Model Based Systems Engineering), Multi-Discipline Support, Collaboration along the Product Lifecycle and the Supply Chain and Complexity Management. In parallel the implementation of PLM solutions must be supported by Process Oriented PLM implementations and Acceptance Management (Human Factors).