An Architecture for Flexible Standards Based Exchange of Technical Data Packages in a Supply Chain 2004-01-1585
Technical Data Packages (TDP) contain engineering information that can be used throughout the extended enterprise at all stages of the product lifecycle. In an e-business supply chain environment it is necessary for the prime contractor and the suppliers to exchange and collaborate on TDPs efficiently to reduce the cost of manufacturing and procuring parts. Typically the contractor and the supplier use different Product Data Management (PDM) systems making the exchange of TDPs between the systems inefficient and difficult. This paper discusses a flexible standards-based architecture to exchange a TDP between PDM systems in a supply chain.