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PLM - and ECM-based process optimization at Mikron

The Mikron Group develops manufacturing and au­tomation solutions for high-precision production processes for the most varied industries. Founded in Biel in 1908, Mikron has been rooted in Swiss innovation and quality culture for more than 100 ye­ars. The central activities of the company are still based in Switzerland: at the Mikron headquarters as well as the main sites of the two divisions Mi­kron Automation and Mikron Machining (including Mikron Tool). Other production sites are located in Germany, China, Singapore, and the USA. Mikron is both a series and a custom producer. The produc­tion of customer-specific machine tools is based on Engineering to Order (ETO) using standard compo­nents. In 2013, Mikron introduced a fully integrated system and a new process model that seamlessly links engineering and logistics: to make procedures more efficient, more secure, and specifically con­trollable as well as to increase productivity. Luigi Bertolli, IT Engineering Manager at Mikron, reports on the original situation and implementation suc­cesses.

At our sites in Agno (Switzerland) and Rottweil (Germany), product development had been running since 2005 with NX 4 plus Teamcenter Express 9.1 (TCE) as the IT and PLM system – with separate databases on each site. To transfer design data to SAP, we had programmed a special interface, but due to the system inconsistency, our change service still wasn’t working optimally. One problem was that CAD documents were not linked directly to the SAP master material system but only to the TCE master material system. This system inconsistency between SAP and TCE meant that neither the two master material systems nor the bills of materials could be kept consistent. And the logistics had great problems mapping material properties to the CAD document.

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