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From cradle to grave

From WEEE to knowledge management; there’s a range of reasons why you should be looking at product life cycle management. By Graham Pitcher.

Product design used to be a simple business. You either designed and sold your own devices, with some kind of maintenance arrangements, or you designed something for someone else and let them worry about things.
Today, product design is a more complex process. Time to market is one consideration; the looming obligations of European Directives are another. Now, instead of having almost no responsibility, companies making and selling electronics products are faced with being responsible for them even after they have reached the end of their useful lives. This dramatic change is being seen by some as having major obstacles. Others see major opportunities for companies to change the way they work through the adoption of product lifecycle management (PLM) techniques.

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