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Supply Chain Collaboration

Most auto OEMs no longer compete solely as autonomous corporations. They also compete as participants in integrated supply chains. Synchronizing processes and collaborating on data between the OEM and the supplier is therefore critical. Siemens PLM Software provides an easy-to-use, secure platform for collaborating with suppliers, even those outside the PLM environment. Our solutions to support multiple use cases including design data exchange, direct materials sourcing, and supplier program management.
Most auto OEMs no longer compete solely as autonomous corporations. They also compete as participants in integrated supply chains. Synchronizing processes and collaborating on data between the OEM and the supplier is therefore critical. Siemens PLM Software provides an easy-to-use, secure platform for collaborating with suppliers, even those outside the PLM environment. Our solutions to support multiple use cases including design data exchange, direct materials sourcing, and supplier program management.

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OEMs have adopted a strategic partnership approach with suppliers that takes into consideration total life-cycle costs over multiple iterations of a product, with the goal of increasing mutual benefits in the long run. Products are co-designed and manufactured in a highly integrated supply chain. This evolution has changed the auto manufacturing landscape dramatically. As automotive and transportation systems get increasingly sophisticated and complex, products must be designed globally in real time with suppliers.

OEM’s and suppliers are under great pressure to decrease time to market, expand margins, and increase quality in the face of increasing product and process complexity at global manufacturing sites. Suppliers need data in real time and need to maintain multiple PLM environments to execute real time feedback loops. Suppliers must interact with all aspects of the business, including purchasing, engineering, compliance, quality and manufacturing, to increase productivity and reduce the risk of recalls and non-compliance.

Our solution allows OEM’s and suppliers to maintain tight integration and real time feedback loops in the digital thread connecting people, processes, and data at scale globally.

Solution Capabilities

Explore the key areas of this solution.

Automate Supplier Declaration

Process supplier declarations efficiently and gather supplier data efficiently to get a complete view of your products to quickly understand their complete material and substance makeup to meet your environmental compliance needs.

Bill of Materials Management

By providing a common source of BOM information across your organization that is flexible and scalable, you can meet and exceed the market demand for more innovative and varied product offerings.

Design Data Exchange

Exchange controlled packages of data using efficient, secure, and scalable supplier integration capabilities.  Execute traceability, audit, and version control of design exchange packages for transparent process execution through a secure web portal.

Direct Materials Sourcing

Understand cost drivers early in the product lifecycle and understand supply chain impact before changes. Early bidding, multiple round processing, automatic tracking and communication, detailed cost breakdowns and bid analysis can be executed.

Supplier Collaboration

Collaborate on product lifecycle management (PLM) processes and data with non-Teamcenter suppliers efficiently through real process integration including Design Data Exchange, Direct Materials Sourcing and Supplier Program Management.

Supplier Integration with PLM

Execute data access control and permissions, multi-site collaboration to share and synchronize supplier data, visualization capabilities to participate in design reviews, without the requirement of co-location or CAD tool standardization.

Supplier Program Management

Plan and execute supplier projects within the context of an overall program. This provides visibility into and traceability of supplier deliverables to reduce cycle times and shorten time-to-market.

Vendor Management

Enterprise stakeholders (such as design, engineering, compliance and purchasing) have access to suppliers, supplier data, and supplier parts in a single, secure PLM framework organized by the categories in the product BOM.

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