Global collaboration platform

Originally founded in 1999 as a joint venture between Robert Bosch GmbH (K2 Lichttechnik) and Magneti Marelli, the company is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Magneti Marelli Group, which is part of the Fiat Group. Automotive Lighting employs a total of 19,900 people at 29 locations worldwide and most recently achieved annual sales of 3.5 billion euros. The company has been using CIM Database since 1999 for the joint processing of customer projects. Around 1,650 users at 16 locations work with the system today as a global collaboration platform.

Solution
Multi-CAD data management for Catia V5 and NX; bi-directional SAP interface; a complete CIM database implementation at the headquarters in Reutlingen - data reconciliation between Reutlingen and other locations on four continents via Edge server and file replication; a total of 1,650 users at 16 locations worldwide.
Benefits
Global collaboration platform for the joint processing of customer projects at the three development centers in Germany and the Czech Republic as well as at the design center in Detroit and Mexico; compliance through reliable, transparent documentation of the complete product history, which also takes into account the long-term requirements regarding legal requirements and deadlines with regard to product liability, maintenance and recycling; know-how protection through an effective role and rights system.
Specifics
CIM Database acts as a link between various SAP instances: Production BOMs are maintained in a plant-specific way in CIM Database with bi-directional SAP reconciliation; BOMs are automatically transferred to the locations from a certain release status, which supplement commercial information; information from the ERP system (e. g., site-specific purchased parts) can be transferred back to the PLM system via an interface.
The global use of CIM Database enables us to make more efficient use of the development resources distributed worldwide and to develop products in a cost-optimized manner.
Andreas Neugum
Head of PDM Administration
Automotive Lighting Reutlingen GmbH

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