Daimler Completes CAD Transition to NX

By Amy Reyes

Life in the fast lane.gifDaimler is now using NX CAD after successfully completing their transition from Dassault Systemes’ CATIA just a few weeks ago. Since the 2010 announcement first shook the CAD world, the automotive OEM has trained more than 6,200 users and migrated more than 235,000 CAD objects.

What could possibly inspire a company to go through such a large-scale change? Many factors came into play (you can read about them in my previous post), and most are what you expect: cost, sustainability, and efficiency.

But what I found most interesting are the unexpected benefits Daimler reaped from this transition. Since the automotive OEM would have to train its users on the new software anyway, Daimler took this opportunity to align business processes and get everyone on the same page.

They established new, more effective and commonly used ways of doing things, according to Professor Alfred Katzenbach, former director of IT Management in Mercedes-Benz R&D department.

Daimler used real parts in production for more than 250 unique business cases to determine the best practices their teams should employ. From these, they made training tutorial videos to add to a reference library. Their engineers now are able to refer back to the material as many times as they need to understand, and everyone uses the same process—the best one for the job—to achieve results.

CAD for Automotive Design.jpgDaimler was able to recognize the potential for improvement and actually take the steps necessary to achieve it in more ways than just one. 

It really goes back to their core users though. The people who work with the software every day, more than 6,200 users, have been key to their success. They were even part of the decision making process that led Daimler to choose NX over CATIA.

Daimler brought in their key users to get feedback on the CAD software solutions. After running different process scenarios in both, it was obvious which solution the users wanted, says Professor Katzenbach.

A big congratulations is due to everyone who worked to make this—the largest CAD software migration—not just possible, but a true success!

For more information, be sure to check out the official Daimler press releaseYou can also read more about how they made the transition on the Siemens PLM Software blog.

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