Successful pilot project at Raufoss Technology Group
The Norwegian company Raufoss Technology Group develops, produces and sells suspension systems to automobile manufacturers worldwide. The company has just completed a pilot project in cooperation with Digitread where they tried out Teamcenter. The experience was so good that Digitread will start implementation of Teamcenter at the Raufoss Technology Group this autumn.
The Raufoss Technology Group manufactures aluminum suspension to several of the world’s major car manufacturers and the customer list includes brands such as Volvo, Mercedes, Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler, Ford and GM models like the Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Opel. A high degree of automation, high-quality, sophisticated manufacturing, world class technology and constant innovation characterize their business. In addition to the Norwegian factory, the Raufoss Technology Group has factories in Canada and China and will open a new factory in Mexico in 2017. – The reason for our success is our expertise in developing aluminum components, and our ability to innovate in a way that enables us to develop products that are among the best in the world, says Marketing Director, Leif Bronken.
Develops, tests and manufactures
– Our products are not designed based on our customers’ suggestions alone. We are a Full Service Provider, which means that we not only produce, but also develop and test the products we make in collaboration with our customers, asserts Frode Paulsen, Manager of Product & Process Engineering at the Raufoss Technology Group.
It is the technology and the ability to work with innovation that gives Raufoss a competitive edge and enables them to compete in the global market. That’s why they spend considerable sums on product and process development. This is also an important reason why they started the pilot project with Digitread:
– We have used 3D tools for a long time at the Raufoss Technology Group and we also have a document management system, but these tools operate in two different computer programs. The purpose of the pilot project we conducted was to test Teamcenter as it can handle drawings, 3D models and project documentation all in one program, continues Paulsen.
– We configured a test environment that was as similar to the solution we wanted as possible. Then, we tested out a number of different scenarios to verify that the software met our requirements.
Teamcenter will be implemented this autumn
The pilot project which lasted for around three months ended in June and was a great success. Digitread is now ready to help Raufoss Technology Group with a full implementation of Teamcenter this autumn.
– We have concluded that Digitread’s solutions are good for our business. After implementation of Teamcenter, we estimate that we will be able to use all the functionality the system offers from January 2017. Efficiency gains will be extensive, not only financially and time-wise, but also from a qualitative point of view since the system will help us always select the right substrates whether they be documents or drawings, Paulsen adds.