PLMX product data exchange format

The standards-based file format for
product lifecycle management exchange



Applying PLMX to product-oriented computer data exchange

Most companies use a PLM system as the "hub" of their product management activities, since it is designed specifically to maintain a complete historical record over the product life cycle. This typically means that relatively little information is imported into the system, but extensive information is exported to the product data consumers in manufacturing, service, and customer support.


There are two principal data exchanges between computer-aided design (CAD) applications and product lifecycle management (PLM) software:


Production and sourcing information usually takes the form of bills of materials and part and process requirements and design data. The principal direction of data flow is from the PLM system to the manufacturing resource planning (MRP) and supply chain management (SCM) systems.

Some production data may flow in the opposite direction, particularly in cases where the purchasing function makes current pricing available for modeling new product cost roll-ups.


Customer relationship management (CRM) software is invariably a subscriber of PLM data, particularly in cases where the product marketing function manages sales literature, specifications, user guides, application notes and support documentation within the product record.

Though not as frequent, there may be occasion for importing customer-generated data as either new product design requirements, legal documents such as contracts, or product change requests.

Implementations of common file formats

Excel .XLS files

There are a number of XSLT documents that can transform PLMX data into Excel files for different purposes: