Case Study – Hannibal Industries Inc.

Confident Product Configuration

Hannibal Industries chose Bluestar PLM to enable standardised, automated processes for the design and configuration of custom solutions

Founded in 1985, Hannibal Industries is a leading pallet rack and steel tube manufacturer that employs around 400 people at its plants in Los Angeles and Houston. To create unique solutions based on customers’ requirements, Hannibal used a configurator that had been developed in-house and integrated with the company’s Microsoft Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. But after the employee who created the configurator left the company, maintenance and improvement became a challenge. In addition, creating and printing CAD drawings throughout the process was a time-consuming process that opened the door for potential error, as the production department was not always aware of changes made since a drawing was received.

Seeking to resolve these issues, Hannibal considered three solution providers before choosing the configuration module in Bluestar PLM. This solution stood out because it is built inside the Dynamics 365/AX ERP platform, making it easy to seamlessly bridge the flow of data between engineering and operations.

"The way Bluestar PLM interacts with all the other areas of our ERP system makes it very powerful,"

“When we developed our AX Product Builder configurator we had to make all kinds of changes to Dynamics AX and the two programs were having difficulty working together,” says Farooq Mohammad, director of IT at Hannibal Industries. “These customisations caused significant challenges in transferring the old configurator to the new  modern Bluestar PLM configurator and so the initial deployment took longer than we expected. However, the Bluestar team from PDM technology was always there to support us. It has incredibly deep knowledge of Dynamics AX and, if a problem arose, it would respond immediately, even when on vacation. In fact, in our company Bluestar is a rock star!”

Hannibal’s new configurator does everything the company wanted, and more. “With Bluestar, not only did we receive a configurator which is stable and easy to work with; we also have a configurator that can create drawings for us,” says Mohammad. “This immediately made the process less burdensome on our design department.”

“The way Bluestar PLM interacts with all the other areas of our ERP system makes it very powerful,” says Mohammad. “When people are using it, they know it’s Bluestar, but they don’t have to learn two discrete systems because it’s all part of one package. In addition, because Bluestar is scalable, we can always add more to it without worrying about the expertise of one employee.”

Being able to generate and distribute drawings to production, scheduling and planning departments has also reduced the risk of error. “The drawings for each part are now available with the click of a button.,” says Mohammad. “That means we know the drawing we’ve printed is the right one to work with.”

Even better, the whole process has been speeded up. “Previously, it took us two to three minutes just to configure one part, then we had to create the drawings manually afterwards” says Mohammad. “With Bluestar, it takes about 90 seconds to both configure the part and create the CAD drawing. There is really no comparison when it comes to what you can gain by having software like that.”

Ensuring that the system was adopted by Hannibal’s long-standing employees was another challenge, but the solution’s ease of use won them over. “It can be difficult to change the culture among people who have worked in the same position for more than 20 years, but they have bought into the new system and they’re enjoying using it” says Mohammad.

Because the configurator does everything the company wants it to do, Mohammad’s IT team has more time to develop the business’ efficient use of IT. And having an ERP-based PLM solution, rather than a standalone system, brings further benefits to the business. “The way Bluestar PLM interacts with all the other areas of our ERP system makes it very powerful,” says Mohammad. “When people are using it, they know it’s Bluestar, but they don’t have to learn two discrete systems because it’s all part of one package. In addition, because Bluestar is scalable, we can always add more to it without worrying about the expertise of one employee.”

Hannibal is now in the process of transitioning from Dynamics AX 2009 to Dynamics 365. “We’ve just implemented Bluestar PLM in our Houston facility, which uses the new Dynamics 365 environment,” says Mohammad. “The whole implementation took about two and a half months, which is lightning fast in this industry.”

With the Houston deployment successfully completed, Los Angeles is next in line. “We’re planning to convert to the new system in Los Angeles in January,” says Mohammad. “From that moment, we will go to the advanced features of Bluestar, such as engineering/production change management features.”

Looking ahead, Hannibal’s partnership with Bluestar looks set to continue. “Currently, Bluestar helps us with production level drawings, and eventually we’d like to extend that to the full configuration of the warehouse,” says Mohammad. “Based on what I’ve seen, I know Bluestar can do that.”

About Hannibal Industries Inc.

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Source:

The Record, Issue : Autumn 2018, page 86-87.

 

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Case Study – Hvidtved Larsen

The RECycler® 315 model is a Hvidtved Larsen product being sold in the North American market. Photo: Asger Stage / Hvidtved Larsen

Ready for Industry 4.0

Hvidtved Larsen is one of many Danish industrial companies in the midst of digital conversion; with the implementation of Bluestar PLM, the company’s IT systems for CRM, ERP, PLM and CAD now are connected in one system.

In recent years, Hvidtved Larsen has evolved from being a traditional craft company to a global industry, producing and supporting a number of distinct products. Their vision is to be the world’s most innovative maker of sewer cleaning and sanitation equipment, and it’s a vision that demands technology and IT systems that support production processes. To achieve their vision, it is crucial that drawings and data flow freely between technical departments, where designs are planned, and production areas, where the plans are implemented. Bluestar PLM creates this link between the CAD system (where the design exists) and the ERP system (the company’s administration system). The software is integrated into Microsoft Dynamics AX and collects product data such as drawings, BOMs and 3D files from CAD systems, as well as manufacturing data from Dynamics AX.

Jesper Hejselbæk is Technical Director at Hvidtved Larsen. He recalled the challenges when all drawings from the CAD systems were created separately in the warehouse and finance system.

“Bluestar PLM is an important part of our growth and error reduction. It is crucial that we effectively manage our documentation so that we can grow and deliver quality on time, which is a major strategies in all markets.”

Jesper Hejselbæk, Technical Director at Hvidtved Larsen

“It was both time consuming and there was a risk of errors because you did not necessarily get all the details when transferring from one system to another,” said Hejselbæk, noting that this resulted not only in production errors, but also increased waiting times and time-consuming manual processes in handling product data from one system to another.

“Bluestar PLM is an important part of our growth and error reduction. It is crucial that we effectively manage our documentation so that we can grow and deliver quality on time, which is a major strategies in all markets,” said Hejselbæk.

 

Data provides competitive power

Jørgen Schiønning Larsen is CEO of PDM Technology, specializing in ERP-based PLM with the solution ‘Bluestar PLM,’ and was responsible for system implementation at Hvidtved Larsen. According to him, the experience at Hvidtved Larsen is an example of how businesses in the Western world are required to digitize and run smarter in order to compete in a global market. This happens by combining data from a manufacturer’s various systems, machines and robots – a phenomenon called the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ or Industry 4.0.

“With Industry 4.0, our ability to generate and manage data becomes our new competitive power. Everyone can make ordinary production today, so the competitive power for us in the Western world stems from our ability to process and produce data,” said Larsen.

”Everyone can make ordinary production today, so the competitive power for us in the Western world stems from our ability to process and produce data”

Jørgen Larsen, CEO at PDM technology

At Hvidtved Larsen, the flow of data starts when a customer starts an order for a sewage vacuum truck. Each customer is different – some customers buy a standard design, while others prefer to make minor adjustments for vehicle color, size of pumps and length of hoses. Other customers want to define each detail of the vacuum truck, so they have optimized the product to fit their unique needs. Consequently, a variety of different data is collected during the order process that affects how the product is manufactured.

“It’s important that you work on a common platform, with one data model and have one way to work throughout the organization, and therefore have coherent data in a single system,” said PDM Technology’s Larsen. “Hvidtved Larsen’s migration to Industry 4.0 started with implementation of Bluestar PLM, which connects the sales system, engineers and production with one another in one single solution – an essential part of Industry 4.0. It is likely that their next step will be to get sensors in the vehicles, so Hvidtved Larsen can monitor them and, from there, make effective plans for vehicle maintenance and repairs. It’s all about giving Hvidtved Larsen competitive power.”

 

Easy access to data

Jesper B. Thomsen is a Project Manager with PDM Technology. According to him, one of the key advantages with Bluestar PLM is that it is embedded within the ERP system, which means that all data is available in one system. “You have drawings and information available exactly when needed. When you are in production, you have access to the current 3D model, drawing, bill of materials and production data. With Bluestar PLM, companies use this availability of information avoid costly mistakes,” Thomsen said.

 

Source: Sponsored case study published in Jyllands Posten, Danish newspaper, March 16th, 2018.

Original in Danish

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Case study – Hydratech

Jesper B. Thomsen is Project Manager in PDM Technology, which stands behind the product Bluestar PLM.

Bluestar PLM makes manufacturing systems communicate

Production processes show improvement at Hydratech Industries after implementing Bluestar PLM – the link between design and production.

At Hydratech Industries, it’s essential that drawings and data flow freely between the technical departments, where the design is developed – to production, where the plans are implemented.

The company previously used systems where users had to manually enter all data from the technical systems to production. The time-consuming manual process involved with populating product data from one system to the other resulted in production errors and longer waiting times. Following implementation of Bluestar PLM, which links communication between engineering and production, those problems have been resolved.

Jesper Bangsgaard is the Logistics Manager of Hydratech Industries, a company that supplies hydraulic equipment to wind turbine manufacturers, the maritime sector and the mining industry. According to Bangsgaard, Bluestar PLM was his company’s choice because it works so well with the company’s ERP system, Dynamics AX. “We were looking for a solution that could tie together the worlds of production and technology, so we could stop re-keying information. Too much extra work and time was wasted in that process,” Bangsgaard said.

“It was easy for us to decide that we wanted Bluestar PLM, as it’s a product that just makes the two worlds come together.”

Jesper Bangsgaard, Logistics Manager at Hydratech Industries 

 

Hydratech Industries wanted direct access to drawings and information from technical departments; Bluestar PLM provided that access. “It was easy for us to decide that we wanted Bluestar PLM, as it’s a product that just makes the two worlds come together,” said Bangsgaard.

Works in any manufacturing environment

Jesper B. Thomsen is a project leader for PDM Technology, the company behind the product Bluestar PLM. Since 2001, PDM Technology has developed and delivered Bluestar PLM to the Microsoft Dynamics ERP platforms in Europe and North America.

According to Thomsen, a key factor that makes Bluestar PLM unique and extremely easy to use is that it is embedded within the ERP system, yet it also has contact with the CAD programs where the design takes place.

“Bluestar PLM allows data to flow freely between design and production, which improves accuracy and efficiency in any manufacturing environment,” Thomsen said, adding, “Design changes are handled easily, because the change is seamlessly cascaded through the system, without the risk of error. That’s hard to do when you work in two different systems, and that’s where Bluestar PLM makes a huge difference.”

A solution for global operations

Bluestar PLM includes Version Management; delivering complete control over which versions are released and when  – and then information is immediately transferred to production.

“This allows Hydratech Industries to automatically send drawings when we make a purchase order, because the two systems are ‘talking’ together,” said Bangsgaard. “When an operator makes a production order and needs to double check something, he just enters the screen and retrieves the drawing. Our service engineers, who are located around the world and in different time zones, will quickly be able to find drawings without waiting for business hours at our Denmark headquarters.”

”This allows Hydratech Industries to automatically send drawings when we make a purchase order, because the two systems are ‘talking’ together.”

Jesper Bangsgaard, Logistics Manager at Hydratech Industries 

 

Hydratech Industries has production facilities in both Denmark and China, where they had exactly the same issues. “Our department in China is now experiencing the same benefits, and we can easily support them and keep track of what’s going on. We are about to roll it out for the rest of the organization, so hopefully another Danish factory in Silkeborg will soon do exactly the same,”Bangsgaard said.

Easy implementation

According to Bangsgaard, the implementation process was painless – especially on the Bluestar PLM side, where all the underlying system information was controlled. “There is good support from PDM Technology and it’s easy to use, so we feel we are in good hands. We heard good recommendations about Bluestar PLM from others in the industry who were very satisfied. That confirmed our feeling that we were choosing the best solution,” said Bangsgaard.

Source: Sponsored case study published in Jyllands Posten, Danish newspaper, October 26th, 2017.

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Case Study: Rayloc

The Autumn 2017 issue of The Record features a case study on Rayloc. The full-length article is as follows:

Making data available to everyone

By implementing technology from Bluestar PLM, engineering company Rayloc has made sure that the right data is now available to everyone in the company at the right time. This has led to fewer errors, improved efficiency and a faster time to market
Established in a small engineering workshop in Atlanta in the 1930s, Rayloc has grown to become one of the most widely known engineering, cataloguing, sourcing and distribution companies in the world.

Today it provides high quality, application-specific products such as brake pads, brake drums and bearings to the National Automotive Parts Association (NAPA) and its customers, using its wealth of expertise in global sourcing, engineering and distribution. This is supported by over 500 employees operating across Rayloc’s four distribution centres, multiple cross dock locations and its 750-piece private trucking fleet.

“Our remanufacturing roots created a technical core competency that enables us to engineer and source high-quality parts and programmes,” explains the company’s supply chain director Joe Stich.

“With an ISO-certified quality system and a culture for continuous improvement, we deliver real competitive advantage to NAPA in each of our product lines.”

But until recently, this competitive advantage was being marred by Rayloc’s disparate technology systems which were preventing it from meeting new expectations in terms of efficiency and visibility of data.
“Most of the challenges we faced as a company boiled down to us having multiple systems to manage different parts of the business,” Stich says. “Product design, engineering, quality documentation, procurement, production and finance were all separate and it was proving difficult to keep them in sync.”

With this in mind, the company turned to Bluestar PLM for help. “Bluestar PLM stood out with its seamless integration as an embedded module into Microsoft Dynamics AX,” Stich says. “Additionally, the integration into our 3D modelling software (Solidworks) and other Microsoft products such as the Office suite combined to make a very versatile tool.”

Following the implementation of the Bluestar PLM solution, Rayloc is benefiting from a raft of business benefits. “We have better data integrity, new visual aids for our production and quality departments, improved document retention which will help Rayloc through its ISO re-certification in 2017, improved revision history and future revision announcements that assist in product running changes,” Stich explains.

In fact, companywide data accessibility has improved significantly. “In the past, product data was shared manually using multiple different solutions,” Stich says. “Rayloc employees have quickly favoured Bluestar PLM because it acts as a one stop shop. All data – from development through to sales and marketing, customer service and quality assurance – can be found quickly and easily.”

And this is just the start. “Errors resulting from our bill of materials have reduced from 60% to below 10%,” Stich says. “The gap is closing every audit.”

“Errors resulting from our bill of materials have reduced from 60% to below 10%,” Stich says. “The gap is closing every audit.”

What’s more, production line efficiency has increased by 15%. “This is because equipment setup and other product attributes were not readily available before. Now it is easier to create different products.”
As a result, the company expects to shave months off its time to market. “Although we are still in the process of measuring the entire time to market, through the first 75% of our process we are seeing tasks completed 20% sooner, while also having the accountability of who is working on each task and gathering key information from other departments all within a single Bluestar workflow,” Stich says.

Rayloc also expects to experience cost savings by the end of the year when it is able to shut down two separate servers that will greatly reduce its IT maintenance. The company’s plans for the future don’t end here. “We want to get the quality management system module up and running and to allow our global team access to our information,” Stich says.

“We couldn’t have done any of this without Bluestar PLM.”

“Additionally, we would like to get our laboratory testing data into Bluestar PLM in such a way that we can ensure all test protocols have been completed and then to report on the best in class designs. Similarly for laboratory testing data, we are currently inputting our Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) documentation to make sure we have all the necessary info before placing orders.”

“Overall, now that we have access to great detailed information, we have identified many opportunities for improvement. This is guiding some of our key initiatives for the year ahead. We couldn’t have done any of this without Bluestar PLM.

 

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Source:
The record, Issue : Autumn 2017, page 100-101.
(http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/therecord/issue06/#100)

 

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Case study: Rotork & Bluestar

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)

About rotork

For more information please visit: rotork.com or rotork on LinkedIn

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Case Study: From Idea to Production

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.

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Case Study: “Mobile Technologies Inc. & Bluestar PLM”

 

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.”

“We’ve reduced time spent on ECO processes by 80%. We’ve reduced document control time on ECO tasks by 60%- 80%.”

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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