With demand for its products growing rapidly, Grand River needed to ramp up scalable production capacity and respond to market requirements quickly by launching new and innovative high-quality products. At the same time, the company needed to ensure compliance with environmental regulations, ensure quality assurance and strive to lower overall product costs.
Although Grand River had established an information management system based on ERP, the company lacked an efficient product Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) system. It’s MPM challenges included:
To resolve these issues, Grand River decided to implement PTC Windchill MPMLink, a powerful product lifecycle management (PLM) solution that manages process data and product design data in a single, integral system, and enables closed-loop management from design change to process change. With the implementation of PTC Windchill MPMLink, Grand River also focused on:
Grand River had successfully used other PTC software products and services, so the newer MPMLink module was a natural extension of its PTC Windchill-based PLM environment. Through its seamless integration with other PTC Windchill modules already installed, PTC Windchill MPMLink helped Grand River achieve the goal of managing process data and product design data in one integral system. The implementation – one of the earliest successes of PTC Windchill MPMLink – helped Grand River achieve the following objectives related to Manufacturing Process Management:
Through the implementation of PTC Windchill MPMLink, Grand River has significantly improved the management and maintenance of its product process documents:
Overall, Grand River transformed its PLM system and consequently was highly commended by its partner, Suzuki. The joint venture between Grand River and Suzuki can now scale production to two million vehicles per year, and is now the largest motorcycle factory in the world. It has introduced the complete PLM system that Grand River implemented. As a result, Grand River and PTC have established a strategic partnership relationship and will continue to work together to improve and deepen the application of PLM throughout Grand River.
As early as 2004, Grand River Group started implementing its PDM system. As a large manufacturer, the Group wished to establish an advanced, high-level product management system, that would facilitate better, more streamlined communication between departments to ensure the required standard of product quality.
Grand River’s processes, from marketing survey, product development, manufacturing, and supply of components to services, all had to be tracked. Besides tracking, the precise data needed to be published to SAP to ensure consistency, correctness and easy traceability of all data in the product lifecycle. PTC Windchill PDMLink (product data management), PTC Windchill ProjectLink (project management) and PTC Windchill ESI for SAP were the ideal solutions to meet all of these requirements. After implementation and deployment, the PDM system fulfilled Grand River’s requirements for its business operations and development, and inspired a more strategic approach to overall corporate governance.
As its business volume increased, Grand River Group expanded its integrated solution footprint by adding PTC Arbortext, which provides a dynamic product publishing system for motorcycles and related components. The company is now able to provide Chinese and English-language product catalogs via the web, while shortening the lifecycle of producing product catalogs by more than 50% from 22 days to 10 days.
Today, PTC’s solutions are widely used across R&D, Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Departments in Grand River, serving as the backbone of its IT architecture for product design and development processes that now successfully connect engineering with manufacturing.