Enhance collaboration with suppliers and design partners in product development

Using telephone or email communications to manage product development projects with outside contractors or foreign contract manufacturers can be challenging and risky.

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Missoun Team
Published on
February 2, 2024
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Effective collaboration with suppliers and design partners is a crucial component of successful product development in the manufacturing sector. This article explores the challenges faced by companies when working with external contractors and foreign contract manufacturers, and how leveraging the Missoun PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) platform can revolutionize collaboration, streamline processes, and enhance project outcomes.

Challenges in Product Development Collaboration:

In the manufacturing industry, it is common to outsource engineering services and production. Typically, the parent company defines the product strategy and guidelines, while specialist engineering consultants handle the design phase. Additionally, product components are often manufactured by foreign contract manufacturers who take on both production and engineering responsibilities based on the parent company's specifications.

However, relying solely on telephone or email communications to manage product development projects with these external partners can be fraught with challenges and risks. Products in this industry are often complex and subject to frequent modifications throughout the development process. It becomes crucial to retain historical context for decisions and changes made, even if they occurred months ago. Furthermore, the exchange of sensitive intellectual property requires strict access controls within the company infrastructure. Managing the timescales and costs of product development is equally essential.

Why Manufacturers Choose Missoun PLM:

Enter the Missoun PLM platform, a meaningful change in the industry. By utilizing PLM software functions, manufacturers can unlock a range of benefits:

  • Enhanced Engineering Team Productivity
  • On-Time and On-Budget Project Completion
  • Comprehensive Traceability of Project Activities
  • Secure Sharing of Sensitive Data
  • Adherence to Company Processes

In addition to these advantages, the Missoun platform establishes direct connections between project tasks and engineering items, granting team members instant access to critical information for consultation and modification.

The Missoun Platform's Collaboration Functions:

The video below offers an insightful overview of the Missoun platform's robust collaboration features, summarized as follows:

  • Efficient Management of Product Development Projects
  • Seamless Collaboration Between In-House Staff and External Contractors
  • Creation and Assignment of Project Tasks
  • Secure File Sharing
  • Interactive Comments and Conversations Among Team Members
  • Immutable Audit Trails for Tracking Project Modifications
  • Timely Alerts for Team Members
  • Integration of Project Tasks and Engineering Items

Request a Demo : Ready to experience the transformative power of the Missoun PLM platform for yourself? Request a demo today and discover how it can revolutionize your product development processes, strengthen collaboration with partners, and drive success in the manufacturing sector.