Early development of collaborative product development tools centered on the storage and management of engineering information and the maintenance of a central repository that was accessible to those with correct credentials. This has matured where todayʼs applications include extensive abilities to manage change across the extended enterprise and gain real-time feedback from manufacturing resources to confirm the as- built information. Some of the broader impact can be seen in these examples:
With engineering facilities located n the US and manufacturing facilities in China, Honeywell was able to reduce their scrap rate by 50% through reducing their time to effect product changes faster and avoiding making nonconforming products.
Verifone was able to reduce their product change cycle time from 25 days to two days across 11 en- gineering and manufacturing facilities.
Microsoft was able to take advantage of a product lifecycle collaboration system to develop their
Xbox console by sharing information among 200 suppliers.
“Anytime a change occurred,
we used the system,” said Todd Holmdahl, General Manager Xbox Hardware. “This enabled us to communicate information to all parties involved in a vigorous formal way whenever something changed on the motherboard. The last thing you need when youʼre doing something as fast and as complicated as Xbox is to have compatibility problems with your technology, or not to have some- one in the communication loop. Collaboration technologies are important in that they give you a formal way to communicate” Another example of state-of-the art manufacturing systems in todayʼs collaborative environment is Nokia Networks, a part of the Nokia Group with headquarters in Espoo, Finland. Nokia Networks is a leading in- frastructure supplier for the mobile internet. According to Jouni Juvonen, Team Leader, Nokia Information Management, Nokia Networks, the Production Line Control and Monitoring (PLCM) system controls the entire execution of shop orders and makes real-time manufacturing data visible on companyʼs internal web. The PLCM project addressed several critical needs in the areas of new product introduction, manufacturing agility, and information systems integration. The PLCM platform helps the company fulfill its goal of being a leading global network infrastructure provider. Some of the main benefits of PLCM include enabling lot size of one manufacturing, recording complete product build history, providing real-time process monitoring, and
managing quality data.
Ericsson Radio Systems AB of Sweden has also demonstrated effective supply chain collaboration. They produce radio base stations, devices used to make up the cellular telephone system infrastructure. The order lot sizes can range from 1 to 500 for anyone of 3000 different product permutations. Typical customers include AT&T, Vodafone, and other telephone service providers.
The system, originally implemented in 1999, is used to manage and track customer orders from order receipt to 4th tier supplier authorization. The capable-to-promise decision can be determined within 10 seconds of a request based on a current view of capabilities within the supply chain. The order information is then sent throughout the extended enterprise to the currently connected 25 first tier suppliers, 10 second tier suppliers, one
third tier and one fourth tier supplier.
Mr. Pontus Andersson, VP of Customer Configuration and Logistics Centre, offers these comments regard-
ing the system and its development over the past two years:
“It was necessary to rely less on forecasting and, instead, focus on tools for operational control.” “The tools that were implemented allowed members of the supply chain to optimize themselves for the benefit of the entire supply network.”
“Event driven execution solutions could take a company or an entire supply chain a giant step closer to a frictionless flow of material through true supply chain collaboration.”
“The system was not designed to be a window into our suppliersʼ world to serve as a means by which we could control and second guess them. Instead, the system serves as a window into Ericssonʼs world for each of the suppliers. They are provided with real-time demand information and parameters for replenishment.”
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