Comprehensive support of product development with global change management

The group of companies develops and produces technologically sophisticated electronic and mechatronic products. Leading industrial companies − in particular all the world's leading automobile manufacturers and their suppliers − are among the customers of Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG. Since the company was founded in 1912, the KOSTAL Group has been able to ensure continuous growth. KOSTAL has 20,000 employees worldwide and achieved a turnover of 2.589 billion euros in 2019 (preliminary). The group has been using CIM Database as a platform for product development since 2006. Today, around 4,500 users at 32 locations worldwide work with the system.

Solution

Platform for the global management of mechatronic product structures: Document management and CAx data management for Mentor Graphics, Catia V5 and interface to PART Solutions; product structure and BOM management including cybertronic BOM (SaaP); variant management; project management including resource planning; global change management; global product data exchange with OEMs and equipment manufacturers; 3D visualization along the process chain; 3D drawings including product information management.

Benefits

Process-reliable collaboration; consistent development data thanks to replication solution; integrated data model as the basis for function-oriented development (MCAD, ECAD, software); central database for multi-project planning; smooth data exchange with OEMs and suppliers. Powerful variant management solution: mapping of variant logic with product characteristics and constraints with maximum bill of materials; synchronization with SAP including rules for the creation of the respective product configuration; greatly simplified handling of processes, e.g. for products with more than 1000 variants.

Specifics

Cross-system transparent control of change processes through digital global change management: Beyond engineering change, efficient control of volume, process and logistics changes with CIM database thanks to good connection between PLM platform and other company applications - e.g. integration of SAP and Sharepoint as well as various simulation methods.

The cooperation with CONTACT works at a high technological level, in which even complex requirements on our part are convincingly implemented.
Eberhard Reich
Head of Process Department
Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG
 

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