Continuous processes between order processing and construction

ANDRITZ METALS is one of the world's leading suppliers of complete lines for the production and processing of hot- and cold-rolled strip made of stainless steel, coated strip and non-ferrous metals. The Metals division is one of the divisions of the international technology group ANDRITZ, headquartered in Graz, Austria, which employs around 24,500 people and achieved sales of around EUR 6.04 billion in 2016. ANDRITZ METALS has been working with CIM Database as a PDM platform since 2001. Currently, around 200 users are using the system at four locations. Key benefits include speeding up the development process and order processing, a high reuse rate and flexible project-specific process design.

Solution
Since 2001, cross-location CAD data management for approx. 120 design engineers; modification and approval system; digital archive with company-wide access by users from sales, purchasing, assembly and documentation; system documentation; parts list management; ERP synchronisation with SAP via Web services technology; CIM Databse installations at two locations, connection of further locations via central PDM server possible; successive conversion of all companies in the ANDRITZ division.
Benefits
Version-safe centralized management and cross-departmental access to consistent development data; efficiency through cross-location reuse of data and product structures; significant acceleration of output management through easily aggregated transmittal lists, web services technology for ERP integration for all PDM integrations can be used throughout the Group, project-specific logistics and procurement process; flexible creation of project-specific or order-specific bills of materials with SAP ASP.
Specifics
Flexible adaptation of the system to the internal approval and modification processes as well as to individual customer documentation requirements, such as the administration of customer-specific drawing numbers and drawing headers; on demand automatic compilation and rejection of all documents of an installation in customer format (pdf, tiff, mi, dwg, etc.; possibly several thousand documents).
By combining development expertise from business, our IT and CONTACT software, we can quickly deliver effective customizations.
Stefan Denk
Deputy Head of Engineering Department
ANDRITZ AG

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