CALS Technology Center
Recently such terms as PDM/PLM, ERP, not less mysterious CALS and many others have been used with increasing frequency. For a specialist everything is absolutely clear and transparent here, but for the person who only started comprehending this sphere of activity this is extremely difficult.
Formally CALS (in English Continuous Acquisition and Life cycle Support) is a technology of continuous information support for deliveries and product life cycle.
In other words, CALS is a set of the advanced technologies and approaches used at all stages of life cycle of difficult and knowledge-intensive production starting from design and production and finishing with support of a product in the course of its operation and subsequent utilization. Specialized software, computer equipment (hardware), and also various standards providing the unified ways of management of various processes and interactions of all participants of life cycle of a product are referred to such technologies.