Saint Romain, France - 9 July 2013 - TraceParts, a world-leading digital engineering 3D content company, today announced the global deployment of its 3D Enterprise Content Management solution within Michelin’s Mechanical Engineering Design Offices. To turn out nearly 200 million tires every year, Michelin employs some 2,000 people worldwide to handle the design, maintenance and operation of thousands machines at Michelin and subcontractor sites on every continent.
Using TraceParts since 1995
Michelin has been using TraceParts 2D and 3D component content since 1995. To prevent designers from getting mired in electronic and printed catalogues offered by manufacturers, the Michelin Parts Library (MPL) was already limited to components that had been approved and codified by the Michelin Methods department. The approved components were associated with a classification, a bilingual “group” description, and simplified 2D and 3D representations.
MPL Michelin Parts Library: “Methods” driving standardization
Manuel Calamote, Mechanical Methods Manager at Michelin, explains why standardization matters: “It naturally limits the diversity of parts used on our machines around the world, and the potential benefits in terms of costs and productivity are enormous: a purchasing policy centered on suppliers recognized for the quality, reliability and price of their articles, the rationalization of supplies, the optimization of stocks for machine operation and maintenance, etc. Not forgetting, of course, faster and more efficient design processes thanks to a large database of standardized components.”
In 2010 Michelin invited TraceParts to submit a RFQ for a new MPL project that specified a number of objectives that reflect its continuous improvement initiative:
“The Methods department, in synergy with Group Purchasing, will now play a central role, by giving the Design Offices a Group vision, and by reinforcing its specification and support mission for MPL users” adds Manuel Calamote. “Our suppliers are also asked to provide us, and TraceParts, with the CAD models for their products, and with all relevant information that will facilitate their integration into MPL. This will make it easier for us to discover other products in their line-up, which may be added to the database over time, and the component usage history will make it easier for us to manage obsolescence. And it’s also an opportunity for other suppliers to convince our teams of the technical quality of their products”.
"We are proud that our TraceParts Enterprise solution has been selected by Michelin” concludes TraceParts Managing Director Gabriel Guigue. “This achievement recognizes the hard work our teams put into this project. It also underlines the relevance of an offering that enables organizations to go beyond the mere provision of 3D component libraries: TraceParts Enterprise allows industrial firms to integrate their own specific PLM processes while benefiting from the richness and flexibility of our 3D catalogues. This success also demonstrates to component suppliers that being included in our content delivery network showcases their products around the world”.
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