Introduction: Volvo CE implemented
Windchill to reduce the cost and
complexity of legacy systems
Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo
Construction Equipment (CE) is a leading
international manufacturer of premium
construction equipment. Leveraging more than
180 years of construction expertise and the
knowledge of over 14,000 employees, it supplies
products and services to more than 180 countries
around the world. With innovation at the heart of
its strategy and culture, Volvo CE provides the
right machines and solutions for any construction
job to ensure customer success.
Ever-changing market conditions, shorter product
lifecycles, and increasing product complexity are
requiring industrial organizations like Volvo CE
to change. Companies are adapting by creating
new business models, globalizing operations
through decentralized production, and leveraging
technologies like automation and connectivity to
enable customized products and smart services.
To realize key business capabilities and secure
long-term growth, Volvo CE set out to define a
vision for digital transformation.
Like many companies with a long history, mergers
and acquisitions have impacted Volvo CE’s
product and service portfolio. A complicated
and costly IT landscape—based on no less than
four different product data management (PDM)
systems—emerged over the last four decades.
As a consequence, a significant part of the
investment capacity went to keeping the old
systems running. Little or no investment could be
put towards actually improving ways of working.
Volvo CE needed a unified product lifecycle
management (PLM) system. They chose to
leverage PTC’s Windchill, a comprehensive PLM
solution for data governance and traceability,
providing an authoritative source of truth across
engineering, operations, suppliers, and customers.
By creating a digital thread and consistent
product architecture, Volvo CE would enable
cross-functional teams to manage hardware and
software complexity in one place.