A collaboration between technology providers Rocket Software and T-Systems International enables manufacturing companies to reduce the time to perform manual data exchange tasks by 90% or more.
T-Systems' COMPDM intelligently imports and extracts Computer-Aided Design (CAD) data to and from Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems. Rocket TRUfusion Enterprise enables the automation of CAD data-related collaboration workflows. This combination of capabilities is available to customers as a single solution from Rocket, enabling secure and rapid data exchange between product design and manufacturing partners.
Three global manufacturers have already signed up to use the solution, including one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive seating and components, which will be sharing product design data with over two thousand suppliers and 50 major car manufacturers worldwide. A number of smaller organisations are also benefitting from the solution, which currently supports Siemens' Teamcenter, Aras Innovator from Aras, and the Dassault Systèmes 3DEXPERIENCE Platform.
"We redesigned our entire COMPDM product when we realised the potential of integrating with Rocket Software's TRUfusion Enterprise," said Martin Frenzel, product manager at T-Systems. "TRUfusion Enterprise automates all of the workflow processes that were taking place manually between suppliers, while providing an exceptionally high level of automation and security. It was clear that by working together we could drastically cut the time taken to complete data transfers with PLM systems at both ends, and the partnership works incredibly well – it's like a hand in a glove. It's important that Rocket has a global reach as wide as our own, so we can serve manufacturers across the world on an equal basis. There aren't many other companies who can do that."
"One of the keys to the success of the collaboration is that customers can implement a solution to address a complex, expensive, but essential business process," said Martyn Davies, director of product management at Rocket Software. "Import/export processes from PLMs can be very complex, but with the combined TRUfusion Enterprise and COMPDM solution, we are seeing times reduce from one or two hours to 5-10 minutes. When you're talking about 30-50 thousand transactions a year, that equates to a lot of time. Even when we aren't dealing with PLM workflows, customers are reducing their time taken from 15-30 minutes down to one or two."
The two companies plan to take their collaboration further, expanding their customer base beyond the automotive sector and into aerospace and defence.