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Product Lifecycle Management Enables a Global Collaboration Network, Speeds Product Development and Saves Company US $1.5 Million

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Executive Summary

Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd., (SYFJC) a joint venture located in Shanghai, China, makes seating components, overhead systems and sun visors for automobiles. With a mission to continually exceed customers increasing expectations, SYFJC's Technical Center took on the task of shrinking the product development cycle and lowering the costs associated with design and engineering activities. Some of the challenges they faced included the geographic distance between design and engineering teams, a data management system that did not facilitate part re-use and customer need for synchronized development. Realizing that a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution would address these issues and enable a worldwide, concurrent development process, the company implemented Teamcenter software from Siemens. SYFJC chose Teamcenter to take advantage of its automotive engineering-specific functionality.

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