Purdue's Product Lifecycle Management Lab is an interdisciplinary research center. The Center fuses the talents and resources from the Purdue Polytechnic Institute, Engineering, Science, and Krannert School of Management into a single focused entity to serve as a resource for industry. Through the study, training, and implementation of product lifecycle management (PLM), the Center draws on expertise from all areas of the Purdue community to provide the Center's partners in business and industry with knowledge and tools.
PLM is an environment in which information technology tools and processes allow a company increased access to product definition data to better develop, manage and support their products. It is a collection of interconnected technologies that enable companies to make better business decisions throughout the lifecycle of a product. PLM defines and controls data collection processes, integration, transformation, analysis, and visualization processes; from establishing a product's requirements, to the design, manufacturing, maintenance, and recycling of the product.
The mission of Purdue University's Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Center of Excellence is to promote the advancement and implementation of PLM through research and education in partnership with industry.