This Special Issue is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Robert Fulton, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech and the founder of the Engineering Information Management Committee of the ASME CIE Division.

The field of engineering information and product lifecycle management (PLM) takes a systems perspective to facilitate the efficient use, dissemination, creation and change of product related information through representations that efficiently capture engineering semantics. This semantics-oriented approach to product representation is important to the optimization of business processes and system integrations spanning multiple phases of the product lifecycle. Over the years we have witnessed leaps in task automation through advances in CAD, CAM, CAE, and practices such as DFM and related concurrent engineering approaches (DFX). However, product development organizations now see task automation as a local optimization, and are looking to PLM as the systemic infrastructure to achieve product excellence and realize business goals. Concomitantly, analysts, vendors,...

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