|Extends MPM Environment to Manage Planning Tasks, Improve Quality and Reduce Costs in Car Body and Tooling Operations|
Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: TCNO), the driving force in Manufacturing Process Management (MPM), announced today that Audi AG, the German automotive manufacturing giant, has implemented an innovative logistics planning solution - Virtual Logistics (ViLog) - based on Tecnomatix eMPower(TM) solutions for MPM, including eM-Planner and eM-Reports. These solutions fully integrate with Audi's existing eMPower-based MPM environment, which has set the standard in automated automotive manufacturing.
Before creation of the new ViLog system, logistics planning data was distributed among several small applications, and the management of this disparate data, new parts data and the generation of reports was very time-consuming. ViLog reduces planning efforts by offering a standard, multi-use solution that provides precise logistics planning from the earliest stages. eM-Planner handles the data management and provides the basic planning functionality, complemented by ViLog's special logistic planning functions and user interfaces. For extended logistics planning reporting, Audi uses eM-Reports to generate 19 different logistics reports.
The ViLog system increases the transparency of the planning process and provides an accurate review of project status. It allows for more detailed planning and control of logistics processing times, costs (external and internal transport, handling etc.) and space requirements. Potential for optimization can be identified in very early phases, helping to reduce the required resources and the corresponding cost.
Audi's ViLog has recently been granted an e-log@istics award by the Just in Time Automotive Working Group (AJK). This award recognizes innovative concepts and solutions for logistics and logistical e-business solutions for applications in product development, production, distribution and disposal. The Audi ViLog logistics solution was recognized for its innovation, value, ease of use, improvements to the process chain and its integration with other applications.
"The development of our eMPower solution is a strategic project that enables us to manage complex planning tasks, improve planning quality and reduce costs," said Andreas Rapp, head of Logistics Planning A3 at Audi. "Our new ViLog logistics planning solution is a key component of our MPM environment and its recognition by a neutral organization such as the Just in Time Automotive Working Group underscores its importance as an innovative solution that will lead us into a new dimension of virtual production."
In addition to the logistics planning solution, Audi has been using Tecnomatix eM-Planner for process planning in several Car Body and Tooling projects. eMPower applications now in use in Audi's MPM environment include eM-Planner, eM-Reports, eM-Workplace, and eM-Plant.
"Our collaboration with Audi in the development of a logistics planning component to their MPM implementation shows what can happen when technology and industry leaders work together," said Harel Beit-On, chief executive officer and chairman of Tecnomatix Technologies. "Audi's award-winning ViLog solution demonstrates the breadth of our eMPower offering, as well as the economies and efficiencies that MPM strategies bring to the automotive manufacturing industry."
About Tecnomatix Technologies
Today's leading global manufacturers are adopting Tecnomatix eMPower solutions for MPM to expand revenue potential and reduce costs by accelerating product introductions, shortening time to volume, and optimizing production execution. eMPower enables our customers to succeed with its collaborative, open platform and applications for defining, simulating, managing, and executing manufacturing processes across the extended enterprise. For more information, please visit www.tecnomatix.com.
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