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REHAU Automotive, German automotive supplier and polymer specialist, will exclusively deploy Siemens software products to replace several legacy systems in engineering, manufacturing and quality management. With this decision REHAU becomes one of the first automotive suppliers to implement a company-wide manufacturing execution system (MES) and quality management system (QMS) integrated into a product lifecycle management (PLM) system for product and process digitalization and closed loop manufacturing. REHAU will replace all of its legacy software systems in 15 plants worldwide with the full scope of Siemens’ Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) portfolio in order to maintain a competitive edge for the on-coming fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0.
“This is the lighthouse project for REHAU Automotive and is unique in our company’s history,” said Helmut Ansorge, member of the REHAU Automotive executive board. “Over the last decade, we developed homegrown, individual solutions for every site. As time went on, the complexity of these legacy systems made it difficult for us to keep growing and maintain our competitive edge. This new integrated software system will give us the ability to standardize all processes and logistics in a lean way in order to develop and deliver the highest quality products across a network of 15 plants. Siemens’ highly integrated portfolio, deep industry experience and market leadership will be a real differentiator for us. They are exactly the right partner to help us achieve digitalization and automation across our entire engineering and manufacturing processes.”
Siemens created a special template for the REHAU integrated solution that leverages its full MOM portfolio, including Simatic IT UADM (MES solution), IBS QMS Professional software. The solution also includes Simatic IT Preactor APS, the leading advanced planning and scheduling system for manufacturing, as well as Simatic WinCC, the Siemens standard SCADA / HMI solution which is seamlessly connected to the shop floor. The solution is then closely integrated into Siemens’ Teamcenter® software, the world’s most widely used digital lifecycle management solution, as well as into the ERP system in use at REHAU. This allows for all engineering changes to be immediately available on the shop floor, and for engineering to be integrated into the nonconformance management system through the Active Workspace Client for Teamcenter. This saves time and improves quality by providing engineers with direct, contextualized access to reported deviations and the as-built documentation.
“By eliminating the major part of its legacy solutions, REHAU made a bold move that could set them apart in their industry,” said Urban August, senior vice president and managing director, Germany, Siemens PLM Software. “Industry 4.0 is a pressing topic for a lot of discrete manufacturers. This is especially true for automotive suppliers who deliver just in time or sometimes even just in sequence. Lean and reliable processes throughout manufacturing are an absolute must. Our comprehensive software portfolio and the deep integration we can provide can help companies like REHAU keep ahead of the competition in their respective markets. “
REHAU delivers “Unlimited Polymer Solutions,” and is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world ensure success of the independent, privately held company.
Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, is a leading global provider of software solutions to drive the digital transformation of industry, creating new opportunities for manufacturers to realize innovation. With headquarters in Plano, Texas, and over 140,000 customers worldwide, Siemens PLM Software works with companies of all sizes to transform the way ideas come to life, the way products are realized, and the way products and assets in operation are used and understood.
For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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