Arena Blog

Read Our Blog for the
Latest Trends and Insights

Sustainable Product Development Redefined: How PLM and LCA Integration Paves the Way

Yook BackgroundIn today’s world, the manufacturing industry faces the critical challenge of balancing product innovation and sustainability. As regulations rapidly increase across the globe, manufacturers need to demonstrate a strong dedication to sustainability by incorporating it into the very core of their business models, resulting in transformative effects. Their constant striving to create cutting-edge products needs to also incorporate a reduction in their environmental impact.

The key to achieving this delicate equilibrium lies in leveraging the right tools.

PLM + LCA: The Game-Changer for Manufacturers

As manufacturers strive to reduce their products’ environmental footprints, they are discovering new and innovative tools that extend the capabilities of their PLM (product lifecycle management) systems and help accelerate their journey toward decarbonization: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). LCA software solutions provide manufacturers with the ability to assess and quantify the environmental footprint of their products. By analyzing the environmental impact along product life cycles and respective supply chains, companies gain valuable insights into areas for improvement and risk. With this knowledge, they can make informed decisions to develop products that enhance sustainability, minimize waste, and reduce environmental harm.

Bridging Sustainability and Innovation: The Synergy of PLM and LCA in Product Development

As the focus of product development shifts toward reducing environmental footprint, the question no longer revolves around reporting but providing a comprehensive and specific plan of action that drives toward achieving tangible value.

This is where the benefits of connecting PLM and LCA platforms become obvious: When PLM as a single source of truth for product definitions is combined with LCA workflows, businesses can effectively fulfill their environmental objectives while integrating environmental data into both strategic and operational decision-making processes. Modern LCA solutions provide invaluable insights and workflows designed for individuals without extensive sustainability expertise, ensuring that all team members involved in product development can easily incorporate this information into their daily decision-making.

“Addressing the growing demand for product carbon footprints by customers and regulators becomes increasingly business critical for companies. The collaboration of Arena and Yook empowers product teams to navigate compliance and drive decarbonization strategies on the product level with data-driven insights. We ensure manufacturers gain a competitive edge while contributing to a greener future.”

– Varena Junge, Co-Founder/CEO, Yook

Continuous Value Creation

By integrating an innovative LCA solution with a comprehensive PLM platform, product teams recognize significant value in the following areas:

Seamless Integration

The integration of PLM with an LCA solution allows teams to seamlessly share product data like their BOMs (bills of materials) between the two systems, eliminating data silos and manual data collecting efforts.

Informed Decision-Making

With real-time access to environmental analytics, organizations can make well-informed decisions about materials, processes, and supply chain choices. This data-driven approach enables organizations to design and manufacture products that are both innovative and sustainable.

Accelerated Time to Market

Combining the efficiency of PLM software with an LCA solution expedites the product development cycle. By identifying sustainability challenges early on, manufacturers can rapidly iterate and innovate, ensuring market-ready products that meet consumer demands for eco-friendly alternatives.

Enhancing Brand Reputation

In an increasingly conscious marketplace, consumers and regulators demand companies to prove their green claims. By utilizing data automation methods for PLM and LCA, manufacturing companies can enhance their brand reputation, attract environmentally conscious customers, and gain a competitive edge.

Building the Future

Leveraging this integrated approach enables organizations to stay ahead of the curve, simultaneously driving innovation, minimizing environmental impact, and meeting the demands of a rapidly evolving market. Embrace this dynamic duo and take your organization to new heights of success, both for your bottom line and our planet.

Yook Dashboard

Arena + Yook: When the Combination of Best-In-Class Software Multiplies Efficiency

The partnership of Arena and Yook focuses on a seamless integration to leverage the advantages of automated product carbon calculations, while eliminating the need for manual data collection and transfer. As most parameters that impact environmental performance are defined during product development, this information and any revisions reside in Arena. As a result, opportunities not only accumulate but multiply for manufacturers of all types.

Yook builds upon the Arena data to provide insights on the carbon impact along the product’s life cycle, called product carbon footprints (PCFs). Leveraging the power of intelligent data gap fillers and automated carbon calculations, the solution provides fast and scalable insights even for fragmented data sets and large product portfolios. A user-friendly interface ensures non-sustainability experts get the insights and guidance they need to understand carbon hotspots, simulate impacts from potential product and supply chain changes, and build decarbonization roadmaps. Compliance with relevant regulatory as well as voluntary, industry-specific requirements is ensured, allowing companies to confidently share results with external stakeholders.

Learn more about Arena + Yook.

Listen to the podcast featuring the success story of the joint customer ProGlove here.