Ilkka Karvonen, IDEAL PLM’s business development manager. Photo: Hanna Knaapi
It is no longer a one-size-fits-all world. Industrial companies increasingly look to IDEAL PLM for Engineer-to-Order process automation.
The business model is changing away from mass-produced items,” says Ilkka Karvonen, IDEAL PLM’s business development manager. “You can even see this in products such as tennis shoes. This focus on tailored products is also prevalent in industrial firms.” IDEAL PLM helps companies across the Nordic region take advantage of digitalisation with product lifecycle solutions. Through their partnership with Siemens, IDEAL PLM empowers manufacturers who need tailored solutions for their unique environment.
“This changes the engineering process,” Karvonen continues. “You can increase speed, improve quality, lower costs, get better service and capture that knowledge. We build a bridge between Sales and Engineering, so sales people have all the information and tools they need to help their customers.”
One example is Seco, one of the world’s largest providers of comprehensive metal cutting solutions for milling, stationary tools, holemaking and tooling systems, who with the support of IDEAL PLM extended their customer portal to include customised products. They have connected Product Data Management, CAD, Language Translation and Quote Management Systems into one consolidated solution to improve customer order processes.
”The possibility to connect the entire workflow for customized products enables automation of the supply process and thereby increasing the productivity and efficiency of Seco as a company, and at the same time connecting us with customers as well as shortening delivery times,” says Helena Söderström, Vice President Marketing & Product Line.
“We are always looking ahead and helping our customers for the future,” Karvonen concludes. “Our ambition is to offer a solution which improves flexibility and the bottom line.”
Text: David J. Cord