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Based on 169 reviews and ratings
Likelihood to Recommend
As the primary electrical design engineer, I was the individual who created all EE parts, loaded all EE documentation, created all EE BOMs, and also administer Arena for ECOs as well as communications with our CEM. Arena was straightforward and easy to work with right out of the box. The default categories for parts were mostly a good fit, and easily changed for the few categories that were not. Datasheets were easy to load and BOMs straightforward to set up. Overall, it's been a great tool for the small to medium companies that I have recently worked for.
Engineer in EngineeringConsumer Electronics Company, 51-200 employees
SAP PLM is well suited for any industry that needs to track the creation of a product from the raw material stage all the way to the shipped product. I do not think it would be well suited for very small companies which do not have any materials, products, and inventory to track.
- Providing means of generating accurate PCBA BOMs from our CAD system.
- Keeping track of our electronic component approved vendor list.
- It allows us to strategically control operations by product monitoring and production changes.
- Gives you the ability to source upcoming products because you have a complete and total view of all resources at all times.
- It allows us to control batch management in the production process, this is a key element in our industry.
- I'd like to have control of what columns I see and the order in which they are arranged. For instance, on a BOM the item PN and description are next to each other which is standard but the item quantity is on the opposite side of the screen. The PN and quantity are the most important pieces of data on the screen so it is not useful to have them one foot apart. Most of my users have complained about this.
- Reports could be easier to use and more dynamic. This may be my inexperience with them but I and my team have a lot of trouble getting the report to pull the correct data.
- The interface is that of your typical SAP program, it's not very user friendly to a person who doesn't use it every single day.
- Some simple Windows commands do not work in SAP PLM, such as a copy and paste.
- Right click menus generally produce unconventional results if the user is more familiar with Windows right click menus.
Likelihood to Renew
Master control - expensive, very difficult to implementEnnov - basic - not as powerful as ARENARitePro - options are limited, customer service limited
SAP PLM encompasses SAP BW and SAP PRD. We tend to focus more on the SAP PRD portion as it directly involves more closely to production. We selected SAP PLM because it gives us a great visibility in the life cycle of materials, products and overall costs. SAP PLM compliments the other packages very well
Return on Investment
- Unfortunately, my position does not enable me to quantify ROI impact, only that there is a demonstrable improvement on product development timelines.
- Our department has been downsized considerably however we have been able to maintain a high level of productivity.
- Accurately able to order raw materials which are necessary for the current production run, thus reducing overhead.
- The negative impact would be the initial cost of the software and how long it would take to ROI that cost.
- It has allowed us to control batches of product creation much more closer and have the ability to cut some erroneous costs which were found in large batches.
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?