Flexible PLM architecture as an enabler for multidisciplinary engineering
Journal article, 2014

This paper presents three case studies conducted at three independent automotive OEMs in Sweden: their purpose was to investigate the need for multidisciplinary integration in the product development process as well as the resulting engineering requirements on the PLM architecture. It is concluded on the basis of the three cases analysed that a flexible PLM architecture has the potential to fulfil the engineering need for flexibility and specialised tool support while maintaining well–documented data integration across companies. It also has the best potential to offer support over time, as local systems can be upgraded and replaced independently.


automobile industry

data integration

multidisciplinary engineering


product development

flexible architecture

product lifecycle management


service–oriented architecture

engineering requirements

automotive OEMs


Dag Henrik Bergsjö

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management

1743-5110 (ISSN) 1743-5129 (eISSN)

Vol. 7 4 249-265

Subject Categories

Mechanical Engineering

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Reliability and Maintenance

Areas of Advance


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