PLM propels Volvo into a new world of product development
April 22, 2013
At Volvo, 1800 different parts are used to build one truck. Imagine the size of the team to build that custom truck. Imagine that team spread around the globe. With PLM, this isn’t a problem, it’s an opportunity. It’s a key to success.
This is just one part of a Volvo truck. Each FH is defined by customers making choices from different types of options. Most of these options can be combined. This provides each customer with the opportunity for an optimized product, tailored to their specific need.
Imagine the size of team it takes to build that custom designed FH. Imagine that team is split out around the globe. This complexity doesn't have to be a problem. It's an opportunity with a product lifecycle management solution. PLM creates the ability to visually and openly manage product data throughout the entire product lifecycle.
From design to recycling, Volvo is developing a flexible IT program and deploying world-class PLM solutions, a powerful and flexible system, supporting the entire Volvo group. Everyone will speak the same language, globally disperse teams, connecting knowledge and sharing data. This PLM platform will allow an engineer to send out a query and within minutes, another engineer can provide guidance, via a shared screen session, whether he is in the same building or across an ocean. Connecting knowledge is just the beginning. Volvo's PLM platform is designed to boost innovation, productivity, enable synergies, reduce time losses and cut IT costs, and above all, the ability to manage complexity is a real competitive advantage. Volvo is entering a new era of product development. The process of developing commercial product solutions has never been more challenging.
Launching the right product at the right time is crucial. Competition is fierce. Global collaboration, a must. Product lifecycle management is our key to success.