Siemens Healthcare successfully reduces component range Customer case
Siemens Healthcare is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technology to the healthcare industry and a leader in a range of healthcare solutions. The extensive portfolio comprises medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, therapy systems, hearing instruments as well as healthcare IT and infrastructure.
With development sites in Germany, USA, China and India, the company is represented around the world and achieved a sales revenue of 13.6 billion euros in fiscal year 2013. For over 166 years, the innovations of Siemens Healthcare have been advancing human health.
Background and challenges
Due to the large range of purchase parts in mechanical engineering, the company faced enormous challenges:
- Introduction of a purchase part library for mechanical CAD engineering for managing (classification, managing the lifecycle, procurement) purchase parts.
- Large range of purchase parts by use of the parts in products with different production sites and individual specific requirements.
- Support in the replacement process of the existing CAD tool I-DEAS by NX.
Significant improvements have been made:
- Reduction of the effort related to the component search by approximately 60%.
- Dramatic reduction in component range, depending on the Global Filter for screws up to 91%.
- Continuously control of the life cycle status of all components in an assembly by BOM Check (check of the current state of assembly components).
Key to success
Using the classification tool "BCT aClass" the challenges have been tackled and main issues have been implemented:
- Integration of BCT aClass v16 in the existing system landscape Teamcenter 9.1 and NX 8.5.
- Implementation of a purchase parts catalog in BCT aClass with search and selection criteria that is relevant for mechanical engineering.
- Automated comparison of the status (product life cycle) of the purchase parts with SAP as well as the possibility of retrieving further information from SAP in Teamcenter.
- Introduction of project-/ department- or site-specific filters for defining a restricted spectrum of components by Global Filter in BCT aClass.
"BCT aClass enables a multi-level and flexible standardization to reduce the component range by the Global filter functionality."
Dr. Florian Schüssler, coordinator of Standardization Board for the Business Unit Components & Vacuum Technology at Siemens Healthcare