The Challenge and Rewards of Integrating ALM and PLM Information
Keywords: Plant Design, Product Design, Plant Asset Information, Equipment, Asset Lifecycle Management, ALM, Product Lifecycle Management, PLM, Single Source Platform, EPC, Equipment OEMs.
The discussion around integrating information from asset lifecycle management (ALM) systems and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems has been going on for some time, but is now becoming an actionable strategy. The discussion centers around the interplay between two distinct lifecycle processes: plant lifecycle processes and product lifecycle processes. In this context, "plant" refers to the physical infrastructure (building, piping, vessels, electrical, etc.) and "product" refers to the physical equipment within the plant (pumps, turbines, valves, motors, heat exchangers, etc.).
While historically, these two lifecycle domains have largely been separate, owner-operators are becoming increasingly aware that they often require seamless access to information and models from both domains to operate and maintain their plants, factories, or other industrial facilities in an optimum manner.
The plant lifecycle typically spans a range of activities from conceptual design, through detail design, construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance, through decommissioning. These will differ depending on specific industry (upstream and downstream oil & gas, petrochemicals, power generation, etc.) The physical plant and the major processing infrastructure (pipes, vessels, etc.) represent the primary asset to be managed by the owner-operator. However, the increasingly complex equipment installed within the plant (pumps, motors, generators, mechanical and electrical systems, etc.) represents another major asset set to be managed.
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