PLM Green Themes

Our new PLM Green Alliance group has begun collaborating over web meetings to identify and select overarching PLM Green themes and sub-topics which we plan to research, share, discuss, and advocate. So far the following themes have been recommended.

The role, contribution, and value of PLM-enabling technologies (e.g. PLM, PDM, CAE, CM, 3DP, CAD, DT, HPC, MBSE, AR/VR, PPM, MDO, MPS, etc.) in addressing:

Theme 1  –  Climate Change

Theme 2  –  Sustainability

Theme 3  –  Green Energy

Theme 4  –  Circular Economy

Theme 5  –  Industry 4.0

Help us to identify additional themes and select topics within each theme by leaving a comment below, sending a note to info@plmgreenalliance.com or join our LinkedIn Group.

We also seek volunteers to help curate the collection of resources and moderate discussions in each of these themes and their subtopics.

Join us to make a difference on the most critical issues of our profession and generation!

PLM Green Global Alliance is Launched

June 2020 (United States, Netherlands, Norway) – The launch of and participation in a new international collaboration, the PLM Green Global Alliance (“PGGA”), has been announced by Richard McFall from PLM Alliances, Jos Voskuil from TacIT, Oleg Shilovitsky from Beyond PLM, and Bjorn Fidjeland from plmPartner.

The coalition was founded with the mission to create a global connection and community between professionals who use, develop, market, or support Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) enabling technologies and software solutions that have value in addressing the causes and consequences of climate change due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions such that we create a more sustainable circular economy.

By using the PGGA as a platform of communication and collaboration, working PLM professionals, researchers, teachers, students, users, developers, and marketers are invited to share case study examples, best practices, and other resources illustrating how PLM technologies can be used to:

  • make products and processes more efficient
  • find and develop new sources of renewable energy
  • store and transmit alternative energy supplies
  • reduce or sequester human-made carbon emissions
  • capture naturally produced greenhouse gasses like methane
  • develop green manufacturing processes
  • recycle, reuse, and repurpose assets, materials, and natural resources
  • simulate and test global geoengineering strategies
  • monitor a warming planet and the impact of climate change
  • enhance the resiliency of infrastructures, communities, and economies

The PLM technologies which have a role in helping to combat climate change include but are not limited to: Product Data Management (PDM), Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE)/Simulation & Analysis (SA), Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Digital Twins (DT), Digital Manufacturing (DMfg), Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing (AM/3DP), Product Portfolio Management (PPM), Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), Multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO), Multi-Physics Simulation (MPS), Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM), Configuration Management (CM), Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT), High Performance Computing (HPC)  and Enterprise Collaboration and Innovation Management (ECIM).

PLM Green Global Alliance founder Rich McFall comments, “We face an urgent challenge to create a more sustainable and green future for our industries, economies, communities, and all life forms on our planet that depend on healthy interdependent ecosystems. In our informal alliance we seek to educate, advocate, and collaborate for greater recognition of the role of PLM to help assess, reduce, mitigate, and adapt to the effects of climate change now being experienced across the globe. There are many examples of how PLM-related technologies are doing just that, but few focused non-politicized platforms where resources and application case studies can be researched, shared, and promoted for the collective good. We plan to change that as our modest contribution.”

Participation in the PGGA is open and free to anyone with sincere interest in the intersection of PLM and Green topics such as Climate Change, Sustainability, Green Energy, Industry 4.0, and the Circular Economy. Participants are invited to become involved by following or joining the new PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group.

The alliance plans to launch a website early in 2020 to collect and share examples, thought leadership, white papers, and other useful resources submitted from around the globe as businesses, communities, and nations confront the emerging climate crisis and imperative to create a more sustainable circular economy.

Additional Information and Contacts

For additional information visit https://plmgreenalliance.com. In North America contact Rich McFall at rich@plmalliances.com or +001.636.745.0122. In Europe contact Jos Voskuil at tacit@planet.nl or +31.33.479.59.81.

For news media contact Bob Farrell at FarrellMarCom@gmail.com or +001.513.284.2618.

PLM Green Examples

Coming soon to this PLM Green Alliance page will be a compendium of PLM Green case study examples from around the world illustrating the use of PLM-enabling technologies and engineering software solutions to address the causes and consequences of climate change, due to human-generated greenhouse gas emissions, which can contribute to a more sustainable low-carbon circular economy.

Within our first theme on the intersection of PLM and Climate Change, the example application areas can include but are not limited to the following subtopics:

  • make products and processes more efficient and sustainable
  • find and develop new sources of renewable green energy
  • store and transmit alternative energy supplies
  • reduce or sequester human-made carbon emissions
  • capture naturally produced greenhouse and methane gasses
  • pioneer and deploy green manufacturing processes
  • design products and their lifecycles to be environmentally friendly
  • simulate and test global geoengineering technologies as solutions
  • recycle, reuse, or repurpose assets, materials, and natural resources
  • monitor a warming planet, changing weather patterns, and impact of climate change on ecosystems
  • enhance the robustness, resiliency and sustainability of infrastructures, communities and economies

What topics have we missed? Send us your suggestions or leave a comment below.

Check back soon as we develop this page with your contributions. In the interim, visit our new PLM Green Global Alliance LinkedIn Group where we have begun to share news, applications, and invite others to post their own examples.

If you have example applications please submit them with a note to info@plmgreenalliance.com. Alternatively, join our LinkedIn group and post them there to share with the group. Until then follow our news announcements HERE.