A Different View on PDM and its Future Potentials
Objective of the paper is to re-conceive the nature and development potentials of PDM-systems, based on a new approach to design theory called “property-driven development/design” (PDD). PDD is a new modelling approach for products and product development processes which focuses on a clear distinction between characteristics and properties of a product. The authors claim that a formalised representation distinguishing between properties and characteristics, which also includes formalised interdependencies and external conditions, may significantly improve the capability to control and speed up development/design activities by making it more transparent. Based on these considerations the paper introduces a concept for an advanced kind of EDM/PDM system.