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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2016/2017
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Industriale e dell'Informazione
Docente Rossi Monica
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

Aim of the course is to introduce the students to the basic concepts of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). This acronym comes directly from the market experience and it addresses – in a holistic lifecycle-oriented view – all the methods and tools enabling a more effective and efficient management of the lifecycle stages of industrial products, from their design / engineering, to production, distribution, usage and till dismissal / end of life.

In its comprehensive meaning, PLM is a business approach, based on collaboration and integration, which aims to support the development of more innovative, reliable and sustainable solutions (products and services) in a shorter time. Originally created in the 90ies by big transnational companies, PLM is nowadays also used in small and medium sized companies, in most of the advanced industries (e.g. automotive, aerospace, mechanic, electronic, fashion, etc.). From a managerial perspective, PLM could be defined as an integrated approach to the management of the main business processes distributed along the product lifecycle (“from the cradle to the grave”, “from design to production, to dismissal”), which considers: (i) a strategic management point of view where the product is the enterprise value creator, (ii) the application of a collaborative model for the empowerment of the core competences distributed along the different actors involved in the lifecycle (e.g. designers, engineers, manufacturers, suppliers, etc.), and (iii) the adoption of a number of IT solutions for establishing an access-safe product information management environment. From a technical perspective, PLM is a matter of methods, standards and techniques for structuring the engineering processes, as well as a matter of computer-based tools for enabling virtual prototyping and collaborative workspaces.

The aim of the PLM course is to provide students with the basic elements to understand PLM from both the managerial and technical perspective, giving also the basics to run the introduction of PLM (as approach, models, methods, and tools) in the industrial practice. The PLM course is structured along 4 main modules, generally performed in sequence during the semester (divided in 2 main content parts, modules 1-2 and then 3-4):

  1. Introduction to general approaches for supporting an effective and efficient deployment of the engineering processes within an industrial company, with a lifecycle-oriented view. In this module, the main organizational approaches of collaborative development are introduced and debated, from sequential engineering, to concurrent engineering, from integrated engineering, to lean product development.
  2. Introduction to design methods for supporting concurrent and integrated engineering. The main design methodologies developed in the last 40 years of industrial evolution are introduced, debated and discussed with the students, also using examples, cases and tutorials. The main presented methods are the following: Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and House of Quality, Value Analysis and Engineering (VA&E), Design for X (DFX, Design for Manufacturing, Assembly, Environment, Serviceability, Maintenance, etc.), Design to Cost (DTC) and Target Cost Management (TCM), Failure Mode and Effective Critical Analysis (FMECA), Lifecycle Assessment (LCA), Variety Reduction Program (VRP).
  3. Methods and tools for computer-based integrated engineering. In this module software tools for supporting the engineering sub-processes are presented, from Computer Aided Design (CAD, 2D and 3D), to Virtual Prototyping, from Collaborative Product Definition to Product Data/Lifecycle Management. In detail, tools for product development, process design, factory planning and collaborative engineering are discussed, in terms of their business relevance, usage, costs and benefits. 
  4. In this last module, the basic elements of defining, managing and deploying a “PLM project” within a company are also presented and discussed. This part is based on several industrial cases and real experiences, also presented by external industrial practitioners. Students are also asked to simulate the activities of a consulting group for supporting a manufacturing company in the introduction of a PLM project (business project for extra credits).

All the content of the course is provided digitally, in a set of comprehensive slides and some case studies, made available on line. Some supporting books are suggested lectures by lectures, but they are not mandatory. References are available at the end of each lecture material.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

The evaluation is mostly based on a written exam (2 hours, with open questions). An oral exam will be optional for students getting at least 27 / 30 at the written exam. At the oral exam, an extra business case - provided by the end of the course - will be asked.



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