Manage Items and Item Structures in YaPlm

Item management in YaPlm makes it possible to create and manage items and item structures in the PLM system. Documents such as drawings, 3D Models and instructions can be linked to the item. Working with an item-based structure means that it is the item and its structure that describes the product. This means that the CAD files (3D models and drawings) only describe the geometry of the product and all other information is moved from the CAD object to the item. The benefits of working with an item-based structure instead of a document structure are many.

Version management of items and item structures

Possibility to make links between items and documents

Complete structures with mixed CAD formats, e.g. 3D Models, drawings, pdf files etc

Opportunity to be able to control the regulations between the current version of the document and the item

Flexibility to be able to change main documents during the items life cycle

Opportunity to create complete product structures

Opens up opportunities to more easily integrate with other systems such as ERP, PIM etc.

One and the same document can be main document for several articles

Items and its Documents

An item in YaPlm is defined by a number of attributes that describe the items characteristics. Examples of properties can be item number, revision, material, item type, etc.

For some items, there is a need to link to different types of documents that further describe the item. The most common document types linked to the item are drawings and CAD models. But also other types of documents such as test reports, instructions, manuals, illustrations and FMEA reports can be linked to the item.

In most businesses, there is a need to handle several different types of items. In YaPlm, it is possible to handle different types of items and to create regulations for how they relate to each other. For example, a tool item can be linked to an item and rules can be set up how they should be changed in relation to each other.

Some examples of item types are:

Link between the item and document

In YaPlm, it is possible to link documents to the article and control which version of the document applies to different versions of the article. A document can be linked to the item with 2 different types of relationships ‘Main documents’ or ‘Supplementary documents’.

Main documents If the revision of the document is changed, the item   version  is also raised. Examples of documents can be drawing and 3D CAD model.

Supplementary documents– If the document  version  is raised it does not affect the item  version. Examples of documents can be test reports or different types of instructions.

Item specification

All information required to be able to manufacture an item is displayed on the item specification. The item specification is completely configurable both in terms of content and design. During the approval process of an item, a .pdf file of the item specification can be generated automatically. This pdf file can at a later stage be distributed together with .pdf files on the items main documents. The information displayed on the specification can, for example  consist of:

More PLM solutions in YaPlm

With YaPlm as a PLM system, you get access to several functions and solutions that helps you streamline your processes

Version Control
of all Files

Version management of all documents, items and files.

and Approval

Workflow for items and documents

Document Management
and Traceability

Secure storage and traceability of business documents

Web Interface

Accessibility of items, documents and files via web interface

and Item Structures

Create and manage items and their structures in YaPlm

for CAD, Office and ERP

Streamline the flow of information between the PLM system and other systems