NEC has released the latest version of its Obbligato III product lifecycle management (PLM) software that combines the management of product technology data such as design drawings, specifications and bills of material (BOMs). According to the company, the Obbligato III R4.1 manages not only existing BOM for part types and quantities, but also bills of process (BOP) for developing processes, equipment used and others, thus promoting the sharing and succession of process charts, operating instructions and other manufacturing knowledge.

Furthermore, consolidating the management of BOM and BOP enables the influence of specification changes and faults to be identified promptly, not only with respect to parts, but also with respect to processes and equipment, and to be addressed in a timely manner. Ensuring the consistency of manufacturing quality speeds the start-up of new global manufacturing sites and contributes to the transfer of production. Moreover, the continual improvement of BOP to optimise aspects such as production line configuration and equipment setup requirements by analysing disparities between BOP and real time output from sensors using the Internet of Things (IoT) maximises the performance of manufacturing sites.

In addition, NEC has added management functions in order to comply with the United States Code of Federal Regulations “21 CFR Part 820,” pertaining to the quality of systems, as established by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical device manufacturers.