PARTsolutions Software enables Design Team to Find Parts Faster while Reducing the Volume of the Parts Library“Creation of new design parts was reduced by more than ten percent since the introduction of PARTsolutions SPM. This reduction happened, despite a significant increase in the amount of engineers and development projects. Our internal processes have significantly improved through use of PARTsolutions SPM, especially in the area of article creation and parts search. Overall the SPM project resulted in enhanced quality of master data, the increased reuse of standard parts, and fewer suppliers.” Raimund Horvath, Manager of Organisational Development and Process Optimization at Starlinger.
High reuse rate of parts in product development due to PARTsolutions Standard Parts Management SystemStarlinger & Co. is the world leader in manufacturing of machinery and process technology for woven plastic sack production. The company, with its headquarters in Vienna and production in Lower Austria, has been operating on the global market for 45 years, has 550 employees and serves customers in 136 countries. The Starlinger product range covers all types of machinery for the production of modern woven polypropylene sacks. The company has a wide spectrum of production processes. Since 2011 Starlinger has been relying on CADENAS PARTsolutions’ Standard Parts Management System. The SPM software is used to quickly and easily find and manage CAD components within the company, but more importantly the goal is to reduce the parts quantity and save costs in the long term. PARTsolutions SPM is optimized to promote a closer cooperation between procurement and engineering, offering both departments access to all technical and economic parts information.
The deciding factor for choosing CADENAS PARTsolutions SPM was the Standard Parts Management System’s holistic approach:“We were looking for an all-encompassing solution that‘s not only a ‘slingshot for geometries’ or a ‘search tool’. Specifically the combination of these features together with the possibility to classify and label parts is a decisive benefit when developing new products”, says Raimund Horvath, Manager of Organisational Development and Process Optimization at Starlinger. “Originally it was planned to optimize the quality of the master data and avoid duplicate copies. But in the course of the process it turned out that the biggest benefit is the possibility to logistically control the development.”
Significant changes have been noticed since the introduction of PARTsolutions – Karl Rippel, managing director of CADENAS Austria explains:“Starlinger is using the search capabilities of PARTsolutions SPM extensively and seeing great results, especially the Geometric Similarity Search. GEOsearch shows the possible parts and assembly groups within seconds, and offers the meta data from the ERP and PLM system which are necessary for engineering to select the part selection, all at a single glance. The engineer is thus spared the tedious search in different systems. Since the introduction of PARTsolutions at Starlinger, they are more aware of the parts in their system and thusly, no more unnecessary parts are created.” Rippel adds, “Part reuse has massively increased since implementing PARTsolutions SPM. The time needed for the geometric search is between three and ten seconds, depending on the search area. The acceptance of the solution in the design was decisive for the project success. This in turn was mainly due to high quality search result and very low search effort.”
Every engineer saves at least 15 minutes of working time daily, due to better search capabilities and 3D catalogs. At an hourly rate of 50 Euros this results in labor cost savings of 112,000 Euros per year.
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Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A graduate of the Richard Farmer School of Business Marketing at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries. He enjoys many outlets for creativity including working on custom cars and guitars. He’s also a fan of Formula1 racing and the Cincinnati Bengals. Adam currently lives in Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Nora and son Otto.
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