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Zollner standardizes on Siemens' Tecnomatix digital manufacturing solution

March 3, 2011 - Zollner Elektronik AG (Zollner), a provider of electronic manufacturing services (EMS), is standardizing on Siemens PLM Software Tecnomatix software as its digital manufacturing and factory automation solution, to further shorten project timelines, reduce costs and help minimize risks by evaluating possible variants. Zollner’s decision to expand the use of Tecnomatix was based on intense tests over the last 15 months with completed planning projects that were successful.

As an EMS provider, Zollner utilizes its production lines to manufacture components, modules, devices or complete systems to order. Zollner serves a wide range of industries, including industrial electronics, automotive, office electronics and data technology. Zollner covers the entire value chain for its customers, from planning and development to prototype and series production, all the way to various post-production services. Worldwide, the company is among the top 15 providers in this area.

Zollner initially began using Tecnomatix in 2009, and since then has successfully deployed the software in several particularly demanding and critical process engineering projects. As part of this expansion, the company now plans to roll out Tecnomatix as its enterprise-wide standard factory planning system to further leverage the solution’s capabilities for providing precise and flexible planning along with the analysis and management of production processes.

“Tecnomatix not only ensures that our production processes run more efficiently, but also allows us to use one software platform from the customer’s idea to SoP (Start of Production) and during the run-out. As a result a knowledge-database and platform evolves across the company, which makes it possible to offer the best solution according to the customer’s demand. We also derive benefits in communications with existing and potential customers,” said Alois Mahr, team lead process planning at Zollner. “The precise information we are able to obtain with the digital factory in advance adds transparency to our offers and decisions and makes them assessable. What’s more, simulation of entire production processes in 3D goes a long way in convincing new customers of our capability and expertise and is absolutely practical for training our staff.”

“The digital factory at Zollner Elektronik AG has once again shown that a comprehensive approach based on Tecnomatix delivers tangible economic benefits,” said Urban August, senior vice president and managing director, Germany, Siemens PLM Software. “By applying digital manufacturing software, producers can achieve goals faster and at reduced costs, simply due to the fact that complex processes can be virtually simulated before companies convert whole shop floors.”

As part of this agreement Zollner is adding the Process Designer and Process Simulate modules to its existing Tecnomatix installation which includes logistics and material flow simulation modules. Tecnomatix Process Designer will evaluate production alternatives and estimate costs and cycles during the initial phase of concept planning. Tecnomatix Process Simulate, meanwhile, will help design production processes in a dynamic 3D environment.

Zollner plans to use Process Designer on all future projects in the German branches, and later in all 15 plants worldwide. They also plan to simulate time-critical production and assembly processes in all plants with Process Simulate. This will allow entire production processes, as well as single processes, to be precisely planned before the plants start production, avoiding costly errors and time-consuming corrections during actual production. Shorter pre-production phases will also permit short-notice orders that can be produced faster due to standardized processes. The digital factory implementation exposes potential savings including the elimination of unnecessary pre-assembly stages and reduction of storage space. Finally, digital planning can reduce the cost of projects due to shorter throughput times.

About Zollner Elektronik AG
As a partner to global leaders in the electrical and electronics industries, the Zollner Group offers an impressive range of services related to the development and production of highly complex products. Comprehensive technological know-how enables the innovative company with a total workforce of over 7,000 to supply individual system solutions at 15 international locations. Today Zollner is one of the world’s top 15 electronics service companies and can look back on four decades of success in the business. With the corporate policy Zollner continues to promote healthy growth under its own power. The corporate values are of crucial importance for a jointly successful future: Zollner places particular emphasis on a flexible and committed workforce. The axiom is “At Zollner, investments in employees are investments in the future”. The power spectrum includes Development, Supply Chain Management, Production, Printed circuit board production, Test, Production of inductive components, Plastics injection moulding, Mould-and tool making, Sheet metal forming, Surface finishing technology, System integration, Logistics and After Sales Service.

About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 6.7 million licensed seats and more than 69,500 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software works collaboratively with companies to deliver open solutions that help them turn more ideas into successful products.

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