About this Research Topic
Product lifecycle management (PLM) is aimed at creating, managing, and sharing engineering data of products across lifecycle phases and thereby enhancing productivity and efficiency in industrial activities. PLM research and practice has been carried out for several decades. However, facing the urgent need to transform our societies to a circular economy and environmental sustainability, current PLM exhibits gaps to fill, for instance, implementation of the true lifecycle perspective. A variety of new technologies potentially useful for PLM have been implemented in practice such as sensing technologies, edge computing, the internet of things (IoT), cloud computing, and data analytics. These technologies provide opportunities to enhancing PLM to a higher level to contribute to environmental sustainability.
The goal of this Research Topic is to gather the needs for and recent advances on PLM to improve environmental performances of product lifecycles. The clarified needs will be shared between academia and industry for further development of common understanding in the PLM community. The recent scientific advances will be disseminated to industry to enhance PLM practices, while empirical findings from practice will support and stimulate further theoretical development.
This Research Topic calls for contributions on PLM with the topics being listed below but not limited to:
• What are the states of the art of PLM in science and practice?
• How does PLM contribute to improve environmental performances of product lifecycles?
• How could related new technologies be used to enhance PLM practices?
• Who in different organizations contributes to better performing PLM?
• How do customers and suppliers affect the adoption of PLM practices?
All manuscript types in this journal are welcome.
Keywords: product lifecycle management, environmental performance, software, data analytics, the internet of things, cloud computing
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