Case Study – Manufacturing

Digital Transformation Solution & Consulting

Transforming PLM Data Management:
Industrial Machine Manufacturing Company

In an ever-evolving landscape of industrial manufacturing, the imperative for streamlined Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and seamless data integration has become paramount.

Our client, a global leader in the field of industrial machinery and one of the world’s biggest providers of machine tools, encountered formidable challenges within their existing PLM framework. Recognizing the need for a transformative shift, they embarked on a mission to transition from their legacy SAP PLM system to the innovative Windchill platform—a Software as a Service (SAAS)-based solution. This transition signified more than just an upgrade; it represented a strategic maneuver aimed at optimizing data management and integration throughout their operations.

In this case study, we delve into the key challenges faced by our client, the ingenious solutions devised to surmount these hurdles, and the remarkable outcomes that ensued from this concerted effort. The narrative highlights the potential for technology and strategic innovation to propel industrial giants toward a future marked by enhanced data management efficiency and operational excellence.

Tackling Challenges Step by Step

The client, in this case study, faced several critical challenges in managing their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) data:

Transition from SAP PLM

The customer had been relying on SAP PLM to manage their product data, but they recognized the need to modernize their PLM system. They aimed to migrate from SAP PLM to a more advanced solution, Windchill+, which is SAAS-based.

Seamless Transition

The primary challenge was to ensure a seamless transition from SAP PLM to Windchill. This transition needed to be executed smoothly without disrupting ongoing operations. Additionally, they wanted to integrate Windchill with various other systems to enhance their data management capabilities.

Solving Complex Operational Challenges

To address the challenges faced by the client, our team implemented a comprehensive solution that involved multiple steps.

Migration Architecture Implementation

We devised a robust Migration Architecture to facilitate the migration of critical data from SAP PLM to Windchill. This included the migration of essential components such as parts, Bill of Materials (BOM) data, and Solidworks files. The migration process ensured that no vital information was lost during the transition.

Integration Architecture Development

To enable seamless integration between Windchill and SAP, we implemented a sophisticated Integration Architecture. This architecture leveraged ERP Connector and Rest Services to establish a secure and efficient connection between the two systems. This integration allowed for real-time data synchronization and streamlined information flow.

Customization for Enhanced Usability

Recognizing the importance of user-friendliness, we implemented customizations within Windchill. These customizations were designed to improve the overall usability of the system. They included user interface enhancements and tailored features to meet the client’s specific requirements.

Remarkable Success and Client Advantages

Our solution delivered significant benefits to our client, transforming their operational landscape and contributing to substantial improvements in various facets of their business:

Efficient Data Migration: The migration from SAP PLM to Windchill was executed seamlessly, ensuring that critical product data was transferred without any loss or disruption.

Seamless Integration: The Integration Architecture enabled our client to achieve seamless data exchange between Windchill and SAP. This integration improved efficiency, reduced manual data entry, and minimized errors.

Enhanced Usability: Customizations implemented in Windchill enhanced user experience, making it more intuitive and efficient for our client’s teams to work with the system.

In conclusion, our comprehensive solution successfully addressed our client’s challenges related to PLM data management. By transitioning to Windchill and establishing seamless integration with SAP, our client has improved its data handling capabilities, resulting in enhanced productivity and streamlined operations.

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