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Introduction Of Product Lifecycle Management Concepts In A Graduate Instrumentation Course

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

Curriculum Development in Mechanical ET

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8.782.1 - 8.782.7



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Vijay Vaidyanathan

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Preeti Nagarajan

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Roman Stemprok

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Session xxxx


Vijay Vaidyanathan, Roman Stemprok, Preethi Nagarajan University of North Texas


Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a vital component of a company’s function as it goes through various rites in passage from idea conception to development and finally to product transition. The Electronics Engineering Technology program at UNT offers undergraduate as well as graduate degrees in electronics. A graduate course in instrumentation design is offered as part of the core curriculum. It was decided to enhance the course with introduction of PLM concepts and the use of specific PLM software obtained from EDS, Inc.

The major objectives of this course are instrumentation design techniques, transducer selection, and interfacing control and measurement signals to the system. The use of graphical and structured programming techniques (LABVIEW) in the design of virtual instrument systems forms a significant portion of the course. As an enhancement to the course, PLM concepts will be introduced early in the semester. Students will be introduced to the concepts of product portfolio planning, understanding the requirements of a product, developing a project plan, scheduling various developmental tasks using a task hierarchy concept and finally, simulating the transition of the product to an improved version or phasing out of the existing product.

In order to accomplish these objectives, students will be introduced to EDS, Inc PLM software components – Unigraphics® and Teamcenter®. Unigraphics® provides an integrated and comprehensive family of total product engineering solutions that enable the user to digitally create and capture 3D product definitions. The version of Unigraphics® that will be used is particularly relevant to electronics and consumer products. It is currently used by many of the world's leading manufacturers to perform conceptual, industrial and detailed mechanical design along with engineering simulation and digital manufacturing. Teamcenter® is a software bundle that enables extended enterprises to capture, manage, access, integrate, and leverage diverse types of product information in a web-native environment, including product requirements, project data, engineering design data, parts/documents, etc.

It is our goal to provide our graduate students with a learning component that is relevant to industry as an academic qualification and also simulates the working of a typical industry environment in the classroom.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Vaidyanathan, V., & Nagarajan, P., & Stemprok, R. (2003, June), Introduction Of Product Lifecycle Management Concepts In A Graduate Instrumentation Course Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11713

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