Datwyler Sealing Solutions has appointed the IT provider Savaco to implement a Product and Tool Lifecycle Management System, PTC Windchill, in its Swiss and Belgian engineering competence centers. In doing so, Datwyler pursues a uniform product and tooling development across its divisions, guaranteeing the same high-level production and manufacturing standards worldwide.
“As our Sealing Solutions division grows, more people in more locations are developing a growing number of products. But the DNA of our products doesn’t change: all our sealings are made from the same kind materials (rubber and plastics), they all undergo the same production process (moulding), and for each product, we always develop the right moulding tools in-house”, explains Norbert Haberland, VP New Processes & Products for Datwyler Sealing Solutions.
Need for uniform data management
The importance of product lifecycle management in an international environment, for both product and tooling data, is undisputed. Datwyler always strives for continuous improvement – production is no exception.
Datwyler has realized significant growth in recent years. Its product portfolio has widened and consequently, development, production and in-house tool manufacturing processes have diversified. The need for managing product and process data in an even more efficient and effective way is a direct result of recent evolutions within the multinational company.
“Especially medical and automotive sectors call for a strict compliance regarding quality standards”, says Haberland. “It therefore becomes ever more important to make all data on these materials, moulding tools and tooling processes accessible to all departments and production sites which are using them. Today, our challenge is to bring all the data under the same umbrella and to manage it in a uniform way.”
Within the first project phase, Datwyler and Savaco will introduce the Windchill PLM at the location sites in both Switzerland and Belgium. The Product Lifecycle Management System will support the tool design and product development teams within the healthcare and automotive industry markets. After the pilot phase, Datwyler intends to expand the system to tool design teams in Asia, who will actively share tool design data with Datwyler’s European sites using Windchill.
“For us, Windchill offers the ideal compromise between performance and scalability. Considering our plans to extend the system, we found the latter element especially important in our decision process”, says Norbert Haberland. “To implement the PLM system, Savaco seems to be the best fit for our requirements. At our site in Alken, we have been partnering with Savaco for over 15 years. They know our specific needs and always deliver professional support. With this insight knowledge of our systems, they know exactly which specifications for the PLM system are needed and can support us when the project will be rolled out internationally.”
The project was kicked off in August, and the Windchill PLM system will be ready to be used by spring of 2018.