How CoLab works with PLM

We know that PLM implementations are big investments in digital transformation. And we have good news – CoLab is not here to replace your PLM. In fact, CoLab works with your PLM and helps manufacturing organizations maximize their investment in PLM.

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What CoLab is for

CoLab is a cloud based platform purpose built for fast, effective design review. Using CoLab, multiple engineers, designers, and other stakeholders can review designs together and build off one another's feedback. The result is a more effective stage gate process for new product development, along with improved value analysis workshops and design for manufacturability exercises.

How does data flow between CoLab and PLM?

CoLab integrates with Windchill and Teamcenter, so you can share files to CoLab directly from within your PLM. This preserves associations between data, such as associations between a top level assembly and part files. Once the files are in CoLab, reviewers can exchange feedback by pinning comments to 3D models or drawings. After the review is done, you can attach an issue list or review summary as an artifact back in PLM.

How CoLab helps you maximize your investment in PLM

Keep track of decision making that happens outside PLM

CoLab lets you bring valuable collaboration data – previously lost in email and docs – back into PLM. Collaborative processes can be integrated into PLM processes. For example, you can review open cost optimization ideas in CoLab, then initiate a lifecycle state change in Windchill.

Secure file sharing and feedback for non PLM users

Suppliers, customers, and even some internal teammates often lack the access or the knowhow to retrieve files from PLM for review. CoLab makes it easy for these stakeholders to review files, and navigate freely within models. Unlike email sharing, permissions are fully under your control, and you will always know how and where data is being transferred.

Augment markup in PLM with complex reviews in CoLab

You can use CoLab for complex reviews while continuing to use tools like CreoView for markup. Markup tools are ideal for adding context to formal lifecycle changes in PLM. CoLab was built for complex reviews, where multiple people are exchanging ideas–often before a formal decision has been made. CoLab’s real-time review capabilities make these discussions more effective, while reducing clutter in your PLM system.

Key Security Features

Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO)

Authorize access to CoLab directly from your existing identity provider/SSO solution, with support for all major identity providers.

User Provisioning

Supports user groups, user attributes, and integration with supplier management systems.

Access Controls

Configurable domain restrictions and integration with supplier identity provider.

Dedicated Customer Support

Work with a dedicated onboarding project manager to get up and running in weeks.

Fast Deployment

With a simple server side installation, integrate CoLab and PLM in 15-30 minutes

Johnson Controls runs virtual VA/VE events in CoLab, while maintaining an ECN process in PLM
“For CoLab, the use case is gathering ideas for future consideration. We don’t think that should be attached to the part in PLM. If that part is in 10 different VA/VE events, then you have it for change requirements as well, you're going to have a stack of annotations to sift through and figure out where they came from.”

Brian Stauffer
Global Product Design Manager
Johnson Controls

Got questions about how CoLab would work with your PLM environment?

  • Consolidate complex design reviews happening in docs, email, and Powerpoint
  • Extend your PLM’s capabilities with real-time review tools
  • Empower your team to collaborate securely with non PLM users

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