Seamless interconnection of engineering, logistics and production

Maximum customer benefit through cross-sector networking: This is the product strategy of a German company that produces individual parts and series parts for connection technology, network components etc. What could be more natural than to use this strategy for your own locations and business units?! This is excatly what has been achieved by using an SAP integration solution of DSC.

Long sought-after optimization

Before the conversion had been implemented, the document management and process control were split on different systems. As a result, the dispatcher struggled to determine released statuses. In addition, they had to individually print drawings and file them in the factory. The bottom line was this: time-consuming data research, long ways and error-prone media breaks. Therefore, the employees had desired seamless and automated processes for a long time already.

CAD conversion as the perfect opportunity

The upcoming CAD conversion to was the opportunity to approach the process optimization. The main goals were:

  • Integrated CAD SAP solution for the management of data objects and documents in a central system that is consistent across the company
  • Improved data access in the factory, for work preparation, material planning and receiving as well as for the plant workers
  • Significant acceleration of bending steel sheets by automated data transmission to the sheet-bending machine
No sooner said than done - with solutions of DSC

The search for a fast and economical solution led to DSC - and to the following SAP integrations: Engineering Control Center and SAP PLM Integration for NX. ECTR creates the conditions in order to bundle not only the product data and data relationships but also all processes and workflows in the SAP system. The NX connection allows users to use SAP functions directly in the CAD environment.

Go-live in 6 months

After 6 months, the first business unit was already converted, after 10 months all planned 4 units. This is what DSC did together with the customer in this period:

  • Needs-based development of a PLM strategy
  • Specification and mapping of processes/workflows in the system
  • Preparation of an authorization concept with flexible team folders
  • Integration of logistics and production into engineering
  • Alignment and migration of CAD stock data
  • Establisment of an excellent connection of remote locations (content server concept)
  • Implementation and customization of the integration software
  • Making the employees fit in ECTR, what only took one day
What is the secret of the quick success?

DSC as a project partner with more than 30 years of experience, diverse solutions and a comprehensive range of services – from the requirement analysis to support.

Results that speak for themselves

Since the conversion, ECTR has been continuously in use with more than 100 licenses – as well as with needs-based add-ons. What are the benefits of the integrated DSC solution? Here are some of the numerous examples:

  • Up-to-date, consistent and easily accessible documents across the company
  • High-performance and resource-saving connection of the remote locations
  • System-controlled release of drawings with a function for locking the previous version
  • Automatic sending of emails with new drawing versions to vendors
  • Ten times faster availability of required data and information
Icing on the cake: a seamless change process

What the product manufacturers particularly pleased: In a workflow-based manner, the system provides the work preparation with all required information in engineering change records - with material master, BOMs, documents and NC data. Directly from the folders, routings and NC data can be forwarded to the machine, such as bending data to the sheet bending machine. The result: higher throughput and shorter delivery times.

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DSC Software AG
Am Sandfeld 17
76149 Karlsruhe | Germany

Phone: +49 721 9774-100
Fax: +49 721 9774-101