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Aerospace & Defense

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Automotive

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Machinery

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Fashion & Retail

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Medical Devices

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Aerospace & Defense 


aeroAmong the first sectors to embrace PLM projects, in effects the one where techniques and systems were born and grew. Today no OEM manufacturer in the aerospace sector nor any 1st tier supplier can afford not to have a PLM solution, often even more than just one as it can be necessary to conform to decisions taken at consortia level or as a result of  a supplier/customer relationship.

Challenges for these companies are in product complexity, in the size of programs and the number of players involved. This forces the IT department to be updated with the latest technologies or they might be excluded from international programs. Further there is often the need to trace product configuration at finished product level, to control configuration changes and to support software as part of the product itself.

K2innovation partners have led, about 20 years back, some of the early PLM projects with prominent A&D companies, dealing with pioneering functions for the time, such as Configuration Control, Effectivity Management, Logistic Support level traceability, etc.

Automotive


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This has been among the first sectors to adopt PLM
solutions, strongly integrated with CAD, CAE, CAM tools which create most product data, particularly in the Engineering and Design Centers environment.

Like the A&D sector, installations often  cross the individual OEM company borders to involve a large number of suppliers. This puts a performance challenge on the local and geographic networks  for transferring large CAD 3D assemblies. Important is the Engineering Change Management and the approval process workflow, involving agents in the whole ’”extended enterprise”.

Because of the challenges that automotive companies are facing today productivity and “time-to-market” themes have crucial importance and have become a survival factor.

K2innovation partners have contributed to the implementation of the first and largest PLM system with a top automotive group in Italy.

Machinery

macchinariA mature industry form the PLM point of view, where the earliest installations are older than 15 years. Important theme here is  MCAD integration, as those systems create most product data. To fulfill the technical departments’ needs is key and may be challenging in products whose Bill Of Materials can easily pass 10.000 items and where the check-out of a large assembly can move gigabytes over the network.

ERP integration is also important in this context, as well as attention to variant management and product configuration, as in some subsectors a product is different for each Customer.

K2innovation has installed and configured dozens of integrations with most successful MCAD systems: Catia, Creo, Pro/Engineer, NX, SolidEdge, SolidWorks, etc. At Companies where the ERP system is a custom application (e.g. on IBM AS/400) we have developed ad-hoc integrations with the PLM system.

Fashion & Retail


shutterstock_94711708One of the sectors most recently addressed by PLM has seen Italy leading with a few projects at some of the most famous brands. In some cases these implementations have paved the way in the sector and companies who have accepted to lead have benefited from special relation with the software vendor.

Themes like product structure and CAD integration leave the scene to other priorities like product innovation and velocity in new product introduction. Challenges for PLM products are a large number of new products/items every year, seasonality of production, logistics and integration with inventory systems, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).

The state of the art is continuously evolving and we can expect further innovation in this sector.  K2innovation partners have been involved in some of the earliest projects in the industry.

Medical Devices


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In this industry research and development costs have doubled in last ten years because of continuous product evolution. In Italy where the average company size is 1/5 of Germany this has made life difficult for smaller ones and has led to mergers and acquisitions.

A strongly regulatory industry where PLM systems are essential to managing requirements and their fulfillment to protect patients’ health; in many cases it is also instrumental in achieving and maintaining certifications.

The increase in average population age worldwide has led to increased need for medical devices and consequent market expansion, but at the same time it has pushed down the average price.

Some companies have seen an increase in the embedded software component of their products, making product lifecycle management more complex. Typical PLM issues are:

  • Requirements management
  • Configuration management
  • Model driven system engineering
  • Software as a product component
  • Planning, execution of tests and result tracing
  • Conformity documentation
  • Rapid prototyping

K2innovation has experience of implementation of Configuration Management systems and of PLM implementation in a strongly regulatory environment.