The aim was to harmonize software used in the two different companies, find cost-effectiveness to the business, a reasonable return on investment, as well as to ensure that the system solution adapts to changes in future business.
The objectives were also defined from the employees’ perspective; the goals were user friendliness, lightness, versatility and productivity to the processes. This was done to make everyday work easier, from design to customer delivery and after sales activities. As the result of the process, the Sovelia PLM system was selected with Symetri Oy as the supplier.
PLM brings quality and control
The typical challenges of machinery and equipment manufacturers have to do with productivity, quality and time of delivery. Product data management may involve a lot of non-profitable work, and for the business to be profitable this has to be eliminated. The project was divided into several parts, the first containing the item and product structure management, and integration with SolidWorks CAD and SAP ERP –systems. This established a solid foundation for product design and communication with the production. The next step was to implement support for the sales and the order process.
"The introduction and expansion of Sovelia was done in phases, because the aim was to ensure the functionality of the system and to create a solid base, on which to build more functionality. This also ensured that the business can continue normally during the project and that there will not be unnecessary stops."
Jani Erkkilä, Project Manager at Fortaco.