Change Records & Audit Trail

Change Records & Audit Trail

Seamless documentation of the lifecycle of documents and other PLM objects

Seamless documentation of the lifecycle of documents and other PLM objects

Advantages for enterprises and employees

  • With Audit Trails, you can seamlessly trace the lifecycle of documents and PLM objects
  • Collate important regulatory documents conveniently in folders
  • Use digital lifecycle records to ensure audit trail capability and improve the utilization of your products and machines

Seamlessly trace the lifecycle of documents and PLM objects

An audit trail at a document ensures that logging is performed without additional effort
In addition to ensuring product quality, the seamless tracing of the product development process is another vital necessity. When a document is first created, the first entry is written to its audit trail. Whenever documents or other PLM objects are added, deleted or edited or there is any change of status or modification to the metadata, this is automatically logged in the audit trail without any additional effort. This means that you continuously and synchronously log all the events in the lifecycle of a document or other object, complete with the date, time and person responsible – with the result that all changes to important regulatory documents or other objects are seamlessly traceable.

Audit Trail logs all the events in the lifecycle of a document or an object

Collate important approval documents conveniently in folders

Automatic bundling based on object rules
To gain approval for a product, it is now frequently necessary to provide several thousand obligatory documents to the regulatory authorities. Alongside automatic logging due to the audit trail stored with the individual documents, the flexible folder concept also makes it possible to bundle all the required documents together automatically (for example based on object rules).

Folders as universal containers with their own lifecycle
In the context of change records and audit trails, folders act as universal containers that can hold any number of documents in any format. The documents are updated automatically when the version of the folder content changes. What is more, you can link the folders as you wish and re-use their rules and structures. In addition, the folders themselves possess their own lifecycle together with an audit trail so that the folder's history is also seamlessly documented.

Digital lifecycle records ensure compliance and improve the utilization of products and systems

Full-life information management ensures audit trail capability
A whole range of information is generated for each product, regardless of whether it is a component or a complete system. Whether planning documents, orders, tasks, key indicators, engineering drawings or BOMs – all this information forms part of a product's lifecycle. Use digital lifecycle records to bundle together all this information so that all the knowledge you need about your products and their development is available at all times. This ensures that you will always be able to provide evidence of the state of your product development to the approval authorities and meet other compliance requirements.

Lifecycle engineering improves product utilization
Plants, infrastructures and traffic systems must be operated securely, economically and in an environmentally responsible way over a period of decades. Ensure the long-lived, profitable use of your products through efficient information management based on digital product models and digital lifecycle records. Models such as lifecycle engineering (LCE) provide the basis for end-to-end support in all a product's lifecycle phases from engineering and production to utilization right through to the recycling of the raw materials. In addition, with LCE-based procedures, you will prepare yourself for the growing importance of digital business models such as serviced-oriented IoT applications, for example in the maintenance field.

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