Continuous processes from request for quotation to start of series production

The BOSAL Group supplies almost all major automobile manufacturers worldwide. The most important product segments include exhaust gas purification systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles as well as towing devices and roof rack systems. The BOSAL Group is a family-owned Dutch company headquartered in Lummen, Belgium. In 2015, sales amounted to over 693 million euros, generated by more than 4,700 employees in 29 production facilities and 18 distribution centers. BOSAL uses CIM Database as a worldwide PLM system at 35 locations in order to control the product development process from quotation request to start of series production and to document the results without interruption.

Solution
Worldwide use of the PLM system CIM Database at 35 locations with more than 600 users from all areas involved in product development; mapping of the complete product development process from RFQ to procurement of resources to start of production (SOP); integration of the CAD systems Catia and NX via CONTACT Workspaces technology; technical and commercial project management including work time recording, engineering change management; sample project management.
Benefits
Very fast and highly efficient implementation thanks to agile project methodology; consistent support of the globally standardized development process ("Product Creation Process", PCP); automatic provision of all development data relating to the project; accelerated project execution thanks to task management, project templates and reliable workload planning, multi-project analyses.
Specifics
Management of samples and prototypes with Smart Ramp-up: Comprehensive transparency, i. e. also version versions of sample parts can be called up by linking samples and the parts in the development process; throughput time in sample and prototype construction significantly shortened and cost control considerably improved.
The efficiency of the agile approach to implementing CIM Database was enormous.
Friedemann Schmieg
Group Service Manager PLM
BOSAL Group

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