The Product Lifecycle Management or PLM is an integrated approach, based on the accumulation of information for all aspects of the life of a product and its environment, from its conception and design to manufacturing, the service deployment and the maintenance that culminates with removal of the product, recycling and final disposal. This system covers the entire product knowledge at all levels, including the environmental impact.
This approach of comprehensive knowledge of the product's environmental impact has been called ecoPLM.
All the own environmental information of the product and its environment is associated in the system to the unique identification of the RFID tag incorporated to the electronic product into its printed circuit (View RFID section) and it's stored in a Cloud repository (View Cloud section).
Obtaining and tracing information of all actors in the lifecycle of the product, will give feedback and will allow the analysis of environmental information for:
- Improve the existing and new products eco-design.
- Improve existing and new manufacturing processes to reduce their impact.
- Improve the selection of raw materials to reduce their environmental impact.
- Improve the recycling process, disposal and valorization of the product.
Information about the environmental life of the product for the life phase in the EMS:
- Product impact data
- Process impact data
- PCB manufacturer data
- Final product manufacturer data
- Waste Manager data
Multiple references of PLM experts propose the traceability by RFID tags as a facilitator of the product lifecycle traceability:
- Product Lifecycle Management. Michael Grieves, Michigan College. PLM Cosortium Founder - McGraw Hill, pages 210, 212, 230, 298
- Product Lifecycle Management. John Stark - Decision Engineering, pages 34, 45, 69, 184
- Virtually Perfect. Michael Grieves - Space Coast Press, pages 139, 139
- Product Lifecycle Management. Antti Saaksvuori / Anselmi Immonen, Springer