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 Digital Industries 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 Digital Industries 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

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Automate Supplier MSDs Declaration Processing

Automate the process of requesting, gathering and validating supplier declaration data. Aggregate supplier data to the product definition and archive disclosure information.

Bill of Materials Management

Remove the complexity of managing and maintaining multiple configurations through our unique lifecycle BOMs that are fully integrated with closed-loop change management to maximize engineering and production agility.

Design Data Exchange

Initiate an exchange process with suppliers that includes information such as CAD designs, specifications and JT files leveraging a secure web portal.

Direct Materials Sourcing

Enable efficient asset bidding with controlled processes for event management, automatic tracking and communication. Get detailed cost breakdowns, analyze bids and even manage award nominations.

Supplier Collaboration

Establish closed-loop processes with suppliers, including collaboration with those outside your PLM environment. Provide an intuitive web portal for suppliers for collaboration and program management.

Supplier Integration

Authorize and securely collaborate across sites with suppliers enabling them participate in your PLM processes, and only work with data to which you grant them access.

Supplier Program Management

Plan and execute supplier projects within the context of an overall facility or operation program. Assign tasks to suppliers who are not internal PLM system users.

Vendor Management

Manage suppliers, their data, reporting, and supplied parts in your PLM environment. Aggregate supplied parts into the product structure of the facility or operation.

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