About the Customer
Biesse Group America, Inc. designs ready-to-use woodworking systems and plants. The company acts as a provider of technology solutions, supplying systems, and engineering solutions for customers. Biesse Group’s investments in research and development total €14 million annually, and the company has more than 200 registered patents. The company has 12 industrial sites, 39 subsidiaries, 300 agents and selected resellers, and a 90 percent export share. The company is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Biesse Group America, Inc. operates as a subsidiary of Biesse SpA.
Scope and Challenges
For fifteen years, Biesse Group has been using a legacy software. However, as CIO Giovanni Bellucci explained "the process was not fully optimized nor supported by suitable management tools. It was not a PLM solution, but just a data management tool.”
In the second half of 2015, they made a case study and analysis of internal to define the functional requirements that needed to be implemented in the new platform. By the end of December, they selected Siemens Teamcenter as their new PLM Platform.
Outcome and Implications
Teamcenter and Geolus were implemented by the system integrator of Biesse Group, supported by Siemens in specific project stages.
“Like all projects, this is not just an IT project, but rather an initiative that requires the collaboration and convergence of IT skills and key business roles,” says Luca Presciutti, IT project manager and IT business analyst for research and development at Biesse Group. “Organization and project management were handled at four hands, involving information systems (with technical roles and business analysts with process and system expertise) and business roles, that is, process owners.”
Once finalized, the project will involve approximately 1,000 out of 4,000 employees, so 25 percent of staff will be impacted by Teamcenter. “Those 1,000 users are mostly located in Italy in the wood, stone and mechatronic business units,” Presciutti says. “More Teamcenter users will be in the business units in India and China, and others will be able to access service information from 37 subsidiaries dealing with sales and service.
The system went live in January of 2017.
CIO Giovanni Bellucci said: “We had clear goals: to organize and optimize processes that were often hybrid and unstructured; to reduce errors and response time of inadequate obsolete systems; and most of all, to make product information accessible to all stakeholders in different business areas and roles. With Teamcenter, we found a solution that offered all the capabilities we needed. Furthermore, the platform is open to future extension towards other modules and applications, so it offers solid confidence in the long term. Teamcenter can grow beyond the current project boundaries, for instance with the addition of configurators and advanced virtual commissioning and simulation capabilities.”
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