The Spring 2017 issue of The Record features a case study on Rotork. The full-length article is as follows:
PLM inside Dynamics AX
Global pipeline control systems manufacturer Rotork is anticipating a wealth of new efficiencies thanks to the integration of Bluestar PLM within its Dynamics AX ERP system
Established in 1957, global manufacturing company Rotork operates in a wide variety of markets including oil and gas, water and sewerage and marine operations. Over the last decade, the company has experienced remarkable growth and today has over 4,000 employees spread across the globe.
“Historically our employees were located across a few major sites, with the engineering and operations teams co-located at the factories that manufactured the products they were working on,” explains Phil Wood, Rotork Group’s chief information officer. “With this structure in place it was easy to implement manual controls over engineering data as colleagues sat together and there was a lot of face-to-face communication. However, in the last six years we’ve made 16 acquisitions and our engineering teams are now spread across many sites. We also have an Engineering Centre of Excellence in India. The company has grown and this has resulted in many disparate teams and an engineering authority that needs better tools to control the data being created and maintained around our products.”
Wood recognised that it was necessary to implement a product lifecycle management (PLM) system. “First we turned to one of the bigger PLM providers, but we quickly realised that the offering did not effectively match our needs. What’s more, the vendor was not interested in meeting our needs,” he explains.
With this in mind, the company decided to take a different avenue. “We’d been using Microsoft Dynamics AX for over five years, and had planned implementations in all Rotork factories. We realised that we had a unique opportunity to implement ERP and PLM together to integrate the way we manage all of our product data. We would not get this chance again, and so we looked for a PLM solution that worked inside Dynamics AX.”
Microsoft independent software vendor Bluestar PLM was the only company that could deliver this capacity. ”Its PLM solution seamlessly integrates product data (such as drawings, bill of materials [BOMs] and 3D files from CAD systems), with manufacturing data, right inside Dynamics AX,” Wood says.
So far Rotork has designed and built its engineering control system inside the Dynamics AX template for all factories, as Wood explains: “At present BlueStar is in a limited live deployment stage – we’ve released it to a small number of our engineering teams who are using it on our new products to define product data, to create new items and for CAD document storage. We intend to deploy Bluestar PLM to our factories and engineering authorities worldwide over the months to come.”
Wood expects the solution to dramatically increase efficiencies, especially around the creation and management of BOMs. “Historically, engineering created product BOMs in a way that reflected how the product was designed. In most cases this did not align with how the product would be made in the factory,” he explains. “Clearly the factory either had to redefine the BOM that would fit with the assembly process, or simply use a BOM that was ‘wrong’. This clearly created problems with BOM accuracy, BOM version management, configurator management and in turn materials requirement planning accuracy and stock accuracy.
“These are very real problems for operations, and cause friction between the engineering and operations teams,” Wood continues. “The Bluestar PLM solution will change all this. Everyone will be working from the same system and there will be far greater accuracy and control of data. This will be very powerful for us, and will really bring engineering and operations together – it will change the way we work in our factories, and increase efficiency in engineering change and product data control companywide.”
And this is just the beginning. “It is likely that Bluestar PLM will be as beneficial to application engineers who work on customer solutions as it will be for product engineers,” Wood concludes. “I expect we will significantly expand the rollout beyond the current factory scope.”
Source: The Record, Issue 4: Spring 2017, page 90-91. (http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue04/#90)
Data is growing faster than ever before, employees are systematizing processes on an individual basis, and productivity is slowing down.
We have all heard this story before. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be like this.
PDM Technology is an Independent Software Vendor and a Microsoft Partner. Since 1988, they have been specialized in the development, sale, and implementation of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. Their core mission is to provide a solution that bridges the gap between PLM and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.
By doing so, their solution provides endless possibilities for data-sharing while automating business processes across engineering, production, and finance departments.
One set of data, one system
“Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a system that processes and integrates data from the areas of finance, purchasing, sales, planning and inventory control. In other words, ERP is the operations and production playground. Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), on the other hand, is the engineering playground. The core purpose of the PLM system is to manage engineering data such as 3D models, (design) documents, and BOMs. Ideas are born and developed in PLM, and they are realized in ERP,” says CEO of PDM Technology, Jørgen Schiønning Larsen. He also adds,
“Normally, ERP and PLM systems are isolated from one another. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. The software platform, Bluestar PLM, ensures that there is two-way communication between your PLM and ERP systems. We merge these two worlds into one software platform, so that everyone in the company has access to the same data and are on the same system. By using a single system instead of two, employees are able to successfully work uniformly. We have found a way to streamline the entire process, from concept to delivery, whereby everyone benefits from the clarity that Bluestar PLM provides.”
“PDM Technology’s IT solution helps our engineers navigate these large quantities of data, which enhances overall quality by reusing existing data.” Peter Johansen, IT Manager at SH Group.
One of the customers that PDM Technology has provided an IT solution for is SH Group, which develops and manufactures a wide range of products. Peter Johansen, the IT Manager at SH Group, explains, “SH Group is, to a great extent, a project-oriented company. We deliver custom solutions to various industries, including offshore and wind power, with products such as deck equipment for ships and oil rigs, and handling equipment for wind turbines. Due to the fact that most of our products are Engineered to Order, not very many models and drawings are used more than once in our production process. PDM Technology’s IT solution helps our engineers navigate these large quantities of data, which enhances overall quality by reusing existing data.”
From Idea to Input, and on to Production
Niels Markussen, Project Manager at PDM Technology, describes the IT solution SH Group received, and explains why this solution works, “We provided SH Group with a standardized solution that allows their engineers, who use 3D CAD programs, to have data carried from the initial concept straight down to production effortlessly. It is the best and the most standardized solution, which both SH Group and PDM Technology believe serves two essential purposes: enhanced quality assurance and time optimization. In cooperation with SH Group, we have been able to create a common thread in their workflow, from idea to input and on to production.”
“Prior to choosing Bluestar PLM, SH Group experienced massive growth rates.” Henrik Mølgaard Jørgensen, Business Controller at SH Group.
Henrik Mølgaard Jørgensen, Business Controller at SH Group, agrees with Niels Markussen by stating, “Prior to choosing Bluestar PLM, SH Group experienced massive growth rates. When rapid growth occurs, establishing more structured approach becomes a requirement. Bluestar PLM assisted our staff to overcome the challenges we faced along the way, and together we created a PLM solution that was tailored to our needs.” He adds, “
“The level of quality has improved in all of our products, and the more standardized the product, the faster it can be produced. The implementation of Bluestar PLM was based on PDM Technology’s ability to challenge us with critical questions. That is how we developed the core elements needed in a solution that suit our business.”
Henrik Mølgaard Jørgensen believes that cooperation with PDM Technology improves the standard of their work, because they can better ensure the quality of each other’s drawings before they get to production. He also points out that it reduces the total number of errors in production, and facilitates data sharing between SH Group’s engineers.
Source: Sponsored case study published in Jyllands Posten, Danish newspaper, March 26th, 2017.
PDM Technology Group Appoints Director of Business Development
March 21, 2017, Atlanta, GA – PDM Technology North American (http://bluestarplm.com) announced today that Dan Fite has joined the company to further develop the North American market for the company’s Bluestar products. Dan Fite brings over 20 years of experience with ERP and the last 9 years with Edgewater Fullscope where he was successful as an Account Services Executive.
Dan joins PDM Technology North America as Director of Business Development, North America. Dan will be the product evangelist for Bluestar PLM the leading CAD/PDM/PLM product connecting companies engineering and manufacturing teams via the Microsoft Dynamics AX native solution.
“I am very excited to now be a part of the PDM Technology team. The Bluestar PLM is a great fit for not only ETO and CTO companies but for any company that utilize CAD in their product development. Bluestar PLM is the missing link that companies have been looking for to bring the engineering data to the operation side of the business.” Dan comments.
Jorgen Larsen, CEO PDM Technology Group said “Dan’s background within the Microsoft Partner channel and industry knowledge has already proven to make him a key addition to the PDM Technology Group. We are making a commitment to the North American Market and we were fortunate to fulfil this role with someone of Dan’s calibre. I am confident that Dan will play a key role in the territory expansion for our products.”
About PDM Technology and Bluestar PLM
PDM Technology is an independent software vendor and Microsoft partner founded in 1988. They specialize in the development, sales and implementation of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions that are fully embedded in the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP system.
PDM Technology offers the technology leading PLM solution, Bluestar PLM, built on top of the Microsoft Dynamics AX platform. From within an ERP environment, Bluestar PLM seamlessly integrates product data, such as drawings, BOMs, and 3D files from CAD systems, with manufacturing data in Dynamics AX.
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Get directly in contact with Dan Fite, (615) 469-0306, email@example.com
The Winter 2016 issue of The Record features a case study on Mobile Technologies Inc. The full-length article is as follows:
Using Bluestar PLM’s solution running on Microsoft Dynamics AX, Mobile Technologies Inc has reduced time spent on engineering change order processes by 80%
With a vision to revolutionise human interactions using mobile solutions, Mobile Technologies Inc (MTI) – which has over 850 employees spread across four locations – has established itself as a pioneer in mobile device display technologies.
Operating in an industry like this requires a huge amount of flexibility as designs can go through multiple iterations during development. However, until recently, MTI’s engineering change order (ECO) process was largely manual. “Initiators were literally running around the office to collect all required signatures,” explains Anna Toloeva, system integration lead at the company. “We were rarely able to collect all required signatures in a timely manner and so ECOs often created significant delays.”
What’s more, the ECO log, which was a manually maintained spreadsheet, did not show all part numbers under revision. “This meant that two people could change the same part numbers under different ECOs without knowing it,” Toloeva says.
On top of this, MTI’s ECO process was time and cost intensive. “And that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Toloeva explains. “Our systems didn’t integrate with our Dynamics AX software, we faced many documentation issues and our quoting process took days. Collaboration was weak – a big issue considering how geographically dispersed we are.”
With all this in mind, MTI looked to Bluestar PLM, a Microsoft partner focused on product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions integrated within Microsoft Dynamics AX. “The team at Bluestar PLM impressed us,” says Toloeva. “Having a solution running from AX meant that we wouldn’t have to learn a whole new system. It would also make future upgrades easier because everything is contained in one place.”
The implementation took five months from start to finish. “It included the install and configuration of Bluestar PLM inside AX, customising a lot of features to meet our needs and creating training documentation,” explains Toloeva. “We also did on-site training in our US and Hong Kong offices.
“The biggest challenge was the amount of code that we needed to generate and insert to customise the process to fit our needs. For example, there was specific AX data that needed to be updated upon ECO implementation.”
The results have been worth it. “We achieved our goals,” Toloeva says. “We’ve reduced time spent on ECO processes by 80%. We’ve reduced document control time on ECO tasks by 60%- 80%. We’ve achieved multi-site engineering collaboration and created one central place to store and manage our data. And we have true revision and lifecycle control.
“We are very happy. Communication and collaboration was very smooth and we’ve had great support during the implementation. We look forward to working with the team at Bluestar PLM long into the future.”
Source: The Record, Issue 3: Winter 2016, page 97. (http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue03/#96)
About Mobile Technologies Inc. (MTI)
For over 38 years, MTI has been a global leader in mobile device display technologies, developing solutions that deliver the highest level of merchandising security for consumer electronics and mobile enterprise applications allowing products, sales and service to be the focus, while security operates efficiently in the background. For more information please visit: mobiletechinc.com or MTI on LinkedIn
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Microsoft Announces Big Changes at the AXUG Summit
The next generation of cloud business applications has arrived! Dynamics AX has become a part of the newest Microsoft concept: the totally cloud-based Dynamics 365. Microsoft made some key announcements about the future of Microsoft Dynamics, including the new AX Product Roadmap as well as the details of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations. As one of the first movers onto the Dynamics AX7 cloud-based platform (released earlier this year), Bluestar PLM was well-equipped for the launch of Microsoft 365 and is now available as a stand-alone license.
AXUG Summit attendees who stopped by our booth were excited that Bluestar PLM is fully-embedded inside Dynamics AX, as well as the ability to utilize full PLM functionality via ERP-integration.
AXUG Summit made it very clear that Bluestar PLM gave a unique impression on those who stopped by. The fact that Bluestar PLM software is completely embedded in the Dynamics (AX) and the ability to apply a full PLM functionality inside the ERP.
Overall, Bluestar PLM made a good impression on those who stopped by and we would like to thank all the attendees who visited our booth!
We were very surprised at the number of attendees, and we will definitely be in attendance again next year. So please mark your calendars for the AXUG Summit 2017 taking place on October 10th through 13th in Nashville! Let us Rock and Roll.
Microsoft focus on ISV and Partners at Industry Summit 2016
Bluestar PLM attended the US Industry Summit 2016. Microsoft made it clear to put more effort into the collaboration with the ISV’s and partners. This increases the joint cooperation and will also increase the common benefit of the entire working relationship. Microsoft wants the users of Dynamics 365 to be able to combine specific apps that fit right into their company. According to the new cloud-based concept the combinations will be limitless.
The future of PLM and ERP
The setup from Microsoft regarding AppSource and the new focus on working together through ISV’s and partners fits right into how Bluestar PLM works. Azure and AppSource benefits all the users of Dynamics, and as an ISV, Bluestar PLM, are certain this is the future. Bluestar PLM has an ongoing collaboration with Microsoft and this states our position as a strong and unique solution for engineering in Dynamics 365. Bluestar PLM is fully-embedded inside Dynamics (AX), and the ability to utilize full PLM functionality in Dynamics 365 is not only the future. It is already there.
We will be happy to show you how Bluestar PLM functionality works. Sign up for a live demo today.
Did you notice the AAA-Rating?
At the moment, you will not be able to get an English version of the landing page, which you are sent to by clicking on the AAA-logo above. Due to this situation we would like to explain what it means and present you with additional information.
The graphic link is produced and coded by Bisnode/soliditet.dk. It has a unique Reg. no. and date. Its purpose is showing PDM Technology’s credit worthiness.
AAA® the Highest Credit Worthiness
When you look at the rating guide. AAA means that the company has the highest ranking, a credit rating that says it is a very stable company with excellent record of payment, minimal risk.
To achieve a AAA (Triple-A) there must be a company with very good ability to meet current payment obligations.
This is of high importance for PDM Technology. Because our customers or collaboratives will minimize their risk.
Bisnode credit rating scale makes clear message
We put characters on a company’s creditworthiness. The accuracy of our credit rating system helps you to say yes to shops and no losses. The credit rating is based on information from, among others, the Danish Commerce and Companies Agency and the VAT register. The rating is calculated from more than 2,400 decision rules.
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The Evolution of Microsoft Dynamics
The new Microsoft Dynamics is here, and so is the new and improved Bluestar PLM solution. Microsoft Dynamics 365 combines ERP and CRM solutions (AX, GP, and CRM) into a single, cloud-based solution. The previous version, Dynamics AX, is now a part of Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition, which consists of 6 integrated modules. The Bluestar PLM application now exists as a part of the Dynamics 365 for Operations module. The Bluestar team is thrilled that Microsoft has shifted focus to a cloud-based solution suite that is readily available to all.
Bluestar PLM in the Cloud
Bluestar PLM has evolved right alongside Microsoft since the very beginning. As one of the first movers, Bluestar PLM for AX7 has been on the market since Dynamics AX7 was first released. Since AX7 was already a cloud-based solution, equipped for the next AX transformation, Bluestar PLM is already optimized for the Dynamics 365 release. As a fully functional Dynamics 365-embedded solution, Bluestar PLM is the Engineering Solution for Dynamics 365. Our solution is the missing link between engineering and operations, and as a part of Dynamics 365 for Operations users can now work smarter with connected operations in the cloud.
Bluestar PLM is also available as a stand-alone license, which means that users can now get the solution unattached to ERP systems for use as an independent PLM solution.
For more information, be sure to check out Bluestar PLM on AppSource
Register for a Live Demo!
Sign up for a webinar here and we will show you all the features of Bluestar PLM in Dynamics 365.
We did it again!
PDM Technology is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2016 Gazelle Company! This award is presented by the Danish financial and business newspaper, the Daily Børsen. Once again we have received this prestigious award, and we are honored to be one of the 1790 selected out of the 700,000 companies considered.
What does it mean to be a Gazelle?
In short, a gazelle is a company that has managed to achieve continuous growth in the last four financial years, and has more than doubled its revenue or gross profit in the same period. Børsen has been awarding Denmark’s elite growth companies with the Gazelle title since 1995.
PDM Technology has been, and still is, a fast-growing company which has increased employment and turnover for a prolonged period. We are honored to be a Gazelle company, and delighted that our hard work has resulted in great progress, and we won’t stop here.
For more information about Gazelle designation, check out these links:
Come see Bluestar PLM at the AXUG Summit
Bluestar PLM will show the exciting new features at AXUG Summit 2016 in Tampa, FL from October 11th-14th at booth #843.
Are you ready for AX7 ?
Bluestar PLM successfully launched on Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 last year, another promising milestone for the company. Bluestar PLM can accommodate your company’s needs, whether your AX solution is deployed in the Azure cloud, or on-site. Stop by Booth #843 for a live demonstration of Bluestar PLM on the brand new AX 7 platform.
Do more with the AX Product Configurator!
The Bluestar development team is continuing to expand the AX Product Configurator to enhance management of product configuration models for highly complex products. This includes:
- An intuitive ”master-BOM based” interface for rules design and calculations
- Design Automation: automatically drive 3D CAD models and drawings using the product configurator
- 3D Visualization: configure your products in an intuitive 3D interface
In summary, this enables you to configure sales order/quotation lines in AX intuitively in 3D, automate the design work in CAD, and make the generated drawings available directly in AX.
Bring Your Engineering Team on Board with AX!
Are your engineers working in tools outside of Dynamics AX? This session will focus on how Bluestar PLM improves collaboration between engineering and manufacturing teams by bringing your engineers onto the AX platform. Bluestar PLM is a product lifecycle management solution built in Dynamics AX with integration to several popular CAD packages. The solution ensures that data is visible across all CAD, PLM and ERP systems in real-time and is easy to deploy and maintain.
- Corrective actions
- Preventive actions
- Engineering Change Proposal
- Engineering Change Management
- Release Management
Including tools for managing Automotive standards (PPAP, APQP, FMEA, 8D etc.)
AXUG Summit is hosted by the Dynamics AX User Group (AXUG). AXUG is an organization that strives to engage the Dynamics AX user community through events, like AXUG Summit, where users learn firsthand the best way to leverage Dynamics AX. Click here to learn more.