Global backbone for mechatronic product development

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. Since the company was founded in 1912, the KOSTAL Group has been able to ensure continuous growth. KOSTAL employed 16,947 people worldwide in 2015 and achieved a turnover of 2.358 billion euros. The group has been using CIM Database as a platform for product development since 2006. Today, around 3500 users work with the system at 27 locations worldwide.

Solution
Cross-location administration of mechatronic product structures with interfaces to Catia V5, parts catalog PART Solutions, Mentor Graphics (E-CAD), MS Office and other formats as well as integration of the group applications SAP and Windows Active Directory; parts list management; workflow management; central service for CAD data exchange; comprehensive reporting with PowerReports; replacement of the project drives by flexible project folders; use in the core areas of development, toolmaking, central change management.
Benefits
Global development platform for project-oriented collaboration; cross-location consistent development data thanks to intelligent replication solution; central database for multi-project planning; basis for optimal utilization of the sites; know-how protection through sophisticated authorization concept.
Specifics
Engineering change management with maturity level control for flexible series start preparation; processing of all development documents and accompanying documentation in the context of development projects; decentralized provision of document stocks through rule-based multi-site replication; deep SAP integration; capacity and resource planning in a multi-project environment.
The cooperation with CONTACT works at a high technological level, in which even complex requirements are convincingly implemented on our part.
Eberhard Reich
Head of Process Department
Leopold Kostal GmbH & Co. KG

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