Web-Based Product Lifecycle Management

for designers and manufacturers
CLOUD, MANAGED, OR
DOWNLOAD IT FREE
TRY IT LIVE!

CHOOSE FROM THREE WAYS TO DEPLOY A PLM SYSTEM:

OUR CLOUD SERVER
  • Hosted by us, on fully redundant infrastructure
  • Fastest deployment
  • Real-time backups across multiple datacenters
  • Easy access from anywhere, for you and your suppliers
  • Instant free trial with up to twenty parts, no time limit, no credit card required
  • $29/user/month, no term commitment or minimums
YOUR MANAGED SERVER
  • Hosted on dedicated hardware at your site, or in your own Amazon Web Services account
  • Behind your firewall, directly or by VPN
  • We set it up (or help you set it up), and administer it remotely if needed
  • Highest possible security
  • An on-premises server may be suitable for cleared or ITAR projects, or other clients requiring secrecy
  • $2399 for setup and the first year of support
  • You can drop support at any time, for low* or zero recurring cost
* Around $40/month total for a typical setup running in your Amazon Web Services account.
DOWNLOAD IT FREE
  • Download ProtoPLM free; set it up and administer it yourself
  • Developed under Linux
  • Deployable on any platform that can run Apache and MongoDB
  • Access it through any web browser, on your private network or over the public Internet
  • Support tens of typical users in <1 GB RAM and negligible CPU
  • Keep all user state in the database for easy backups, or move large objects to S3
  • The download includes all source code and setup instructions
  • Identical to the paid version, except for certain component data sources

MAINTAIN VERSION CONTROL

Let ProtoPLM track your documents, parts, and assemblies. Pull a part number in your preferred format, upload files, and release to production under ECO control. The change creates a permanent audit trail. Store any kind of file. Start simple, or create multiple release phases and levels of user permission.

MANAGE YOUR BOMs

Keep your BOMs under version control, with automatic links to your parts. Redline differences between versions and revisions. Store properties like cost, weight, and compliance status with each part, then roll them up over assemblies and subassemblies. Or flatten the hierarchical BOM, and export to your ERP system.

ACCESS EVERYTHING LIKE A WEB PAGE

Upload and view your product data from any device with a web browser: your Windows, Mac, or Unix computer, or your tablet. Let us host your data, and access it from any computer on the Internet. Or host it yourself behind the firewall, for the highest possible security and lower long-term cost. Product data almost always behaves like a normal web page: you can bookmark it, or save the URL, or email it to a colleague.

ProtoPLM IS DESIGNED FOR MULTIPLE DISCIPLINES:

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
  • Excel or CSV BOM import accepts output from most EDA tools
  • Component MPN, description, price, and RoHS compliance are retrieved automatically from distributors
  • Approved Manufacturer Lists track second sources for off-the-shelf parts
  • Sort, consolidate, and compare BOMs by reference designator, and export the result as a spreadsheet
MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING
  • Store inspection procedures, compliance records, and other product data beyond basic design documentation, classified by attachment type
  • View change history for any part or assembly
  • Track obsolete parts, deviations, and other lifecycle changes after initial release
  • Get email notifications of proposed and approved changes
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
  • Flexible part numbering adapts to your existing standard or preference
  • The system makes a clear distinction between changes that are and aren't form-fit-function compatible
  • Drawings may be numbered and stored alongside their parts, or independently
  • Compare items by file attachment or property, not just BOM
SUPPLY CHAIN AND PURCHASING
  • Let suppliers pull specific files (and only those files) directly from the system
  • Roll up cost over assemblies, and use that to annotate your hierarchical BOM
  • Store part meta-information like ECCNs, HS codes, sources, compliance, shipping restrictions, and anything else with user-defined properties
  • Flatten BOMs for import into your ERP system or manual demand planning

APPROVE CHANGES

By default, any user can release items to production. You can restrict that, so that only certain users can create ECOs, or so that ECOs require approval by multiple people. Different kinds of changes can require different approval. The system will notify users by email when a change is proposed or approved. You can customize the fields on your change form, and use those to search old ECOs later.

COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SUPPLIERS

Let your suppliers pull files straight from your repository, with nothing more than a web browser and a single link—they don't need to create an account. And let ProtoPLM pull information about your off-the-shelf parts from third parties. Export distributor part numbers from your EDA tool and generate complete EE BOMs, no local component database required.

TRY A CLOUD ACCOUNT FREE

Sign up with just an email address, and create up to twenty parts. There's no time limit, and you don't need a credit card. Your repository is private to you and whoever you share it with, and you can access it from any web browser.