"The linkage of the CAD Systems with SAP PLM has become indispensible. It controls our processes … and saves us from … long searches or even loss of data."
Christoph Illmer, ABB
About ABBABB Robotics is a leading supplier of industrial robots, robot software, modular robotic manufacturing cells and offers services for a broad range of applications in automation. These products and services make it possible for customers to increase productivity and product quality as well as to enhance work place safety. ABB has installed more than 160,000 robots worldwide.
ABB’s product and service offerings in the Robotics division encompass industrial robots, standard cells, customer-specific system solutions and services with emphasis on the customer segments: automotive and supply industry and production industries. A top priority is robot sales to system partners. In addition to product manufacturing, the company’s core competencies include planning and development of arc welding systems and facilities for the core areas: machine operations, foundries and forgers, paint applications, shell construction facilities and press automation systems.
The growing scope and variety of documents and data formats in robot development affects the engineers’ productivity. It was becoming clearer for those responsible that they needed to create an analogous infrastructure and system for electronic documents, like what was previously used for paper documents, in order to create more efficient processes and to ensure data security.
ABB Automation gathered its first experiences with data management in 2004 with the implementation of the newly developed Autodesk Vault module, which is an integrated component of the Inventor package. A year later the company made a strategic decision to shift the administration of engineering data into the SAP system and migrated the Vault data to the SAP PLM module. “SAP plays a very central role for us and therefore should not only control and administer the merchandise management, but also the processes, data and documents in the Engineering department. That’s why we implemented the CIDEON module SAP PLM Integration for Inventor as the interface between Inventor and SAP PLM. This software makes the transparent operations with SAP PLM possible from within the CAD system.“, explained Dirk Walther.
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