Product Data Management (PDM) is the organizational function often within product lifecycle management (PLM) that is responsible for the management & distribution of product specification data across all functional areas of the production team including:
1. Engineering Design
2. Manufacturing & Assembly Processes
3. Procurement of Vendor-Supplied Parts
4. Quality Assurance
Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from inception, through engineering design and manufacture, to service and disposal of manufactured products.