Stay on the road to success with digital transformation

The automotive industry is currently undergoing a major upheaval. It is imperative that digitalization along the entire value chain be driven forward and that the intense cost pressures and increasing level of product complexity be addressed as best possible. This requires IT solutions that can be adapted quickly to new business models, technologies and customer needs. The CONTACT Elements platform, with its scalable, open and modular component architecture, provides companies with the security they need to respond in an agile manner to changing needs. 

Global development platform with integrated product costing

KIRCHHOFF Automotive uses CIM Database, a comprehensive PLM solution based on CONTACT Elements, for global control of its development projects and long-term business planning. KIRCHHOFF uses the Product Costing module to supply its offer processes with all costing-relevant data and put reliable costing procedures in place worldwide.

Global development platform with integrated product costing

KIRCHHOFF Automotive uses CIM Database, a comprehensive PLM solution based on CONTACT Elements, for global control of its development projects and long-term business planning. KIRCHHOFF uses the Product Costing module to supply its offer processes with all costing-relevant data and put reliable costing procedures in place worldwide.

KIRCHHOFF Automotive uses CIM Database, a comprehensive PLM solution based on CONTACT Elements, for global control of its development projects and long-term business planning. KIRCHHOFF uses the Product Costing module to supply its offer processes with all costing-relevant data and put reliable costing procedures in place worldwide.

Added value for suppliers along the digital thread

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Develop smart products faster

Digitally manage development processes from requirements through to industrialization. Link systems, applications and disciplines and satisfy industry standards and increasingly strict compliance regulations with considerably less effort. Get to grips with configuration and variant management inherent in your programs and products. Use a platform that makes you capable of acting given the dynamic nature of the automotive industry.

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Execute project processes that are both agile and reliable

The automotive industry is one of the most project-intensive industries. Complex engineering projects often fail to meet deadlines and adhere to budgets because planning and implementation diverge. Hybrid project management links planning, management and implementation using a combination of conventional and agile methods. Use a solution that allows you to plan projects better and execute processes more efficiently with digital workflows and templates.

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Implement data-based business models and optimize processes

Interlinking your machines, systems and products offers great potential for making operation more reliable and reducing downtimes. Use digital twins and an open platform that makes data-driven processes and monitoring your manufacturing systems particularly easy.

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Collaborate effectively with manufacturers and suppliers

Complex products like cars are created in joint projects and benefit from efficient collaboration between manufacturers and suppliers. This requires seamless interaction between all those involved across company boundaries. Simplify the flow of data using intelligent data sharing and support end-to-end processes between/with your suppliers and partners.

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Master complexity using interdisciplinary methods

Cars are becoming increasingly complex due to the growing proportion of software they contain. Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) supports an interdisciplinary approach to the development process. That is why MBSE is becoming increasingly important as a method for rapidly testing and validating system properties in the automotive industry. In this white paper, you will learn how to use MBSE to establish robust processes between the disciplines mechanical, electrical and software development and cope with complexity more easily.

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Success stories of our clients

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Consistent data in development, production and logistics

Kostal is a leading manufacturer of electronic and mechatronic components. 4,500 users at 32 of the group's locations use CIM Database as their development platform. In addition to integrated MCAD and ECAD data management, the functionality provided includes comprehensive PLM/ERP synchronization, variant management and global change management. The company enjoys the benefits of end-to-end processes and consistent data in development, production and logistics.

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Platform for multi-CAD data management and hybrid project management

MANN+HUMMEL is a global leader in the field of filtration. The group uses CIM Database to manage projects at approximately 50 locations worldwide and relies on powerful multi-CAD data management, materials management and BOM management. The specialist has also extensively digitalized its project management: CONTACT's hybrid methodology makes it possible to respond quickly to new market requirements by combining agile methods and conventional management.

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Global development platform for expanding an innovative lead

Kiekert is a global leader in side door latches. The company rolled out CIM Database in 2020 with the aim of further expanding their innovative lead. Kiekert is focusing on significantly increasing productivity through efficient global data management, better collaboration and faster processes. Key business processes have been digitalized and automated, making approval processes a good 20 percent faster.

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