Managing development projects globally

KIRCHHOFF Automotive develops load-bearing parts such as dashboard supports, engine mounts, bumpers and complete front end structures. The family-owned company uses the PLM platform CIM Database at nine locations worldwide. The development partner of the international automotive industry uses the system for the global management of its development projects and long-term business planning. The system is used by around 600 employees worldwide across departments and locations. Systematic change management and project marketing were a decisive basis for the very high acceptance of the new solution and thus the effectiveness of the PLM platform.

Solution
CIM Database as a PLM platform with a comprehensive range of solutions for global management of development projects and long-term business planning; Multi-CAD data management for Catia V5 and NX; document management including enterprise search and integration of MS Office applications and Lotus Notes, engineering change and release management, project management and program management; SAP interface; approx. 450 users in development, project management, sales, costing and quality planning. 
Benefits
Centralized documents, project, product and process management; global access to consistent development data; fast and direct access to existing documents, models and solutions; efficient capacity planning and high project profitability through integrated project and program management; turnover and profit calculation as well as comprehensive project controlling including evaluation of project-related tool costs; flexibility and future-proofness for new requirements through scalability, good configurability and openness of the platform.
Specifics
Simultaneous introduction of CIM database at six locations worldwide; data migration of 62,000 articles and 990,000 documents, including nearly 300,000 Catia and NX models and drawings; location-based data replication using edge server technology ensures availability of the entire data pool at headquarters as well as demand-driven databases and good performance in the branches; enterprise-wide standardized processes in program management based on multi-project management functions.
CIM Database has proven to be an open platform for our comprehensive requirements and processes.
Benjamin Müller
PLM Project Manager
KIRCHHOFF Automotive GmbH

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