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Apogee Electronics
Advancing From Excel Spreadsheets Amplifies Digital Audio Manufacturer's Engineering Design, Documentation and Collaboration Processes
Industry
Digital Audio Interfaces and Microphones
 
Overview
Apogee Electronics is a leading manufacturer of professional digital audio interfaces and microphones for recording and listening to music. Apogee’s latest products ONE, JAM and MiC, designed especially for Apple® iPad®, iPhone®, Mac®, and GarageBand® software, are proof that Apogee continues to be at the forefront of recording technology.

Like many new companies, Apogee was managing product information with Excel spreadsheets where Bills of Materials (BOMs) were maintained manually and changes were managed in a homegrown system. The manual approach of hand entering information into spreadsheets proved to be error-prone with mistakes that wound up being very costly. In addition, Excel did not provide any capabilities for revision control or assessing the effects of design decisions.

Apogee was seeking a software solution to meet their specific needs for managing BOM revisions, document vaulting, and signoff procedures with a clear record of all changes. “The biggest factor for us in finding a solution was price followed by integration with our PADS PCB design tool, compatibility with MAC devices and the ability to own the data,” said Marcus Fan, IT Manager. “We looked at a few Product Lifecycle Management vendors including Arena Solutions, Siemens PLM and Omnify Software, and Omnify’s web-based solution provided all of the functionality we required with a price that was right for us.”
 
Return on Investment
 • Easy to use and cost effective web-based solution
 • Simple upgrade from using Excel spreadsheets
 • More efficient BOM and change management
 • Direct integration with Mentor Graphics PADS®
 • Collaboration among engineering, operations and manufacturing
 • Time and cost savings with secure access to product information for their contract manufacturer
 • Reduce time spend searching for information
 • Improve engineering design choices
 
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Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems
Leading Manufacturer of Commercial and Military Aerospace Platforms Realizes Cost Savings by Preventing Late-stage Rework
Industry
Aerospace/Defense - Commercial and Military Aerospace Platforms
 
Overview
Like many electronics manufacturers, Astronics AES was challenged with its manual product development processes. The company produces well over 100 products, each with their own processes and workflows, and over 20,000 parts. To position themselves for continued growth and meet the demands of its aerospace customers (Boeing, Panasonic, Avionics, AirBus, among others) for high quality products, the executive team was motivated to look at new strategies that would maintain the company's competitive edge and product reputation in bringing leading electrical power to passengers and airline personnel. Investing in a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to tighten product lifecycle processes and ensure that accurate product data was shared among design and manufacturing teams was the first step.

The company required a PLM system that provided easy integration with their ERP environment, Intuitive ERP, so that product data such as Bill of Materials (BOMs), drawings and changes could be automatically ported to the Intuitive system and eliminate errors related to hand-entering data. They also wanted the ability to integrate the PLM system with their engineering design environments, SolidWorks and Cadence® OrCAD® CIS.

"We evaluated a number of PLM systems for the purpose of creating a best practices environment and found Omnify's PLM software stood out from the crowd of PLM vendors in terms of it being a robust system, having a seamless interface to our Intuitive ERP and extremely good people standing behind the Omnify product."
 
Return on Investment
 • Eliminate potential data inaccuracies and costly rework
 • Reduce searching time with data in a single location
 • Standardize and control internal processes
 • Ensure accuracy of data across the enterprise
 • Facilitate meeting ISO and FAA regulatory requirements
 
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August Electronics
EMS Provider Improves Communication with Customers
Industry
Contract Manufacturing
 
Overview
As an EMS provider, August Electronics receives product/BOM information from customers in various formats including emails, spreadsheets and even phone calls. Without an electronic system in place to track and manage this information, August Electronics would run into issues with duplicate data and wasted time spent searching for information.

The company set out to find a software solution to electronically manage their BOMs, keep track of Engineering Change history, provide document revision control and integrate with their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. August Electronics selected the Empower PLM solution from Omnify Software based on a recommendation from their ERP vendor, Aptean Intuitive ERP. Omnify Empower offered exactly what they needed for managing customer product information and for integrating with their Intuitive ERP system.
 
Return on Investment
 • Established efficient paperless processes
 • Standardized processes for ISO compliance
 • Direct integration with Intuitive ERP
 • Eliminated duplicate data entry into ERP
 • Simplified management of various customer BOM types
 • Reduced time spent searching for scattered customer product information
 • Improved data integrity and process times
 • Improved product quality
 • Gained a competitive edge
 
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Avid
Design and Manufacturing Integration Eliminates Duplicate Database Data Entry, Shortens ECO Processes and Improves Supplier Communication
Industry
Digital Audio and Video Technology
 
Overview
Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with worldwide partners and suppliers, Avid needed to create a unified environment for their global product development teams to easily find and share product information in real-time. The company was managing product data in multiple systems that did not interface with each other. This environment resulted in the duplicate entry of data into various systems.

The company set out to find a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system in order to help streamline their product design and development processes for Avid video products. “Our ultimate goal was to create a central location for data and knowledge sharing throughout the evolution of a product.”

After researching six PLM vendors over a five-month period, Avid selected the Omnify Empower PLM solution. Implementing Omnify has allowed the Avid Video business unit to meet their goal of creating a central repository for product information. All of Avid’s various systems, including their ISO (International Standards Organization), ECO (Engineering Change Order) and Test Procedures have been consolidated into one database.

A direct link from the Omnify Empower database to Mentor Graphics DxDatabook™ allows engineers to select parts and access all part data such as symbols, device name, component package, and documentation from Omnify without leaving their design environment. Duplicate data entry has been eliminated through bi-directional sharing of information between the Omnify Empower PLM system and SAP.
 
Return on Investment
 • Improved data integrity
 • Improved resource allocation
 • Ensure new products are built to the latest revision
 • Real-time access to information for global suppliers
 • Accelerate ECO and new product processes
 • Cost-effectively scale to accommodate new users
 
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Cynosure
Medical Device Manufacturer Streamlines Product Design and Manufacturing Processes and Shortens New Product Development Timelines for Light-based Aesthetic and Medical Treatment Systems
Industry
Medical Device - Light-based Aesthetic Treatment Systems
 
Overview
Cynosure was looking to streamline their product design and manufacturing processes in order to shorten new product development timelines and ease collaboration with suppliers. They needed to implement technology that provided a centralized location to store product documentation such as bill of materials (BOMs) and design drawings, in addition to automate the processing of engineering change orders (ECOs). Cynosure wanted the ability to import SolidWorks software files and OrCAD BOMs in addition to the ability to upload data to both their existing and future ERP systems. Easy export of information into common formats such as Excel spreadsheets and BOM comparison functionality were important features. Enabling secure access to product information for key suppliers and contract manufacturers were also fundamental requirements.

Cynosure selected Omnify Software due to Omnify's ease of use, powerful data sharing capabilities, and affordable cost. Omnify's unique ability to directly integrate with SolidWorks and Cadence® OrCAD® Capture CIS have helped to greatly decrease the time required for documenting change as well as significantly increase the quality and accuracy of product data.
 
Return on Investment
 • Data validation and error checking earlier in the design cycle
 • Decreased engineering change cycles through direct integration with their engineering tools
 • Improved data integrity
 • Decreased time spent searching for information
 • Reduced product redundancies
 • Shortened product development time
 • Shortened time-to-market
 • Quick implementation
 • Easy to use
 
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Cytonome
Centralized and Automated Development Processes Get Accolades from ISO Auditor
Industry
Medical Device-Cell Purification Systems
 
Overview
Cytonome develops, manufactures and markets the most advanced, highest quality cell purification systems available worldwide for BioMedicine, BioIndustry, and BioScience.

They have an innovative focus to developing new products, where engineering develops concepts in parallel with manufacturing during the prototype phase. More efficient communication between these departments was the drive to adopt a PLM system. The company was managing product development with tools that did not communicate with each other. Information had to be manually entered into separate systems which took up valuable employee time, introduced costly human data entry errors and resulted in systems containing incorrect or out-of-date information.

Cytonome was also preparing for their International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification and needed to have formal processes in place to demonstrate proper management, tracking and reporting of product development and manufacturing procedures and information.

“Our overall product development processes are faster and more efficient due to the time savings and improved data accuracy we have realized by implementing Omnify Empower as our central product information management system,” stated Heather Kiessling, Chief Financial Officer for Cytonome. “The most significant business benefit of using Omnify Empower is the real time global updates among engineering, purchasing and manufacturing that we did not have before.”
 
Return on Investment
 • First ISO audit resulted in zero findings and accolades from auditor
 • Achieved goal of real time information sharing among engineering, purchasing and manufacturing
 • Able to eliminate errors associated with manual processes
 • Direct integration with SOLIDWORKS
 • Direct integration with Expandable ERP
 • Gained faster and more efficient product development processes
 • Now manage product, quality and training information in a single/central system
 • Ease of use facilitated adoption across the company
 
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Edge Products
Premier Manufacturer of Modules and Programmers for Major Vehicle Manufacturers Tightens Change Control Processes and Cuts Product Return Rates by Over 50%
Industry
Automotive - Modules and Programmers for Major Vehicle Manufacturers
 
Overview
Edge Products experienced some changes in management that brought in new personnel with vast industry experience. The new team identified a need for improved change and part control processes. Edge is a rapidly growing company and the nature of their products requires fast development cycles. For example, if a vehicle manufacturer makes a change to an existing product, Edge must react quickly, often with a change to their products.

Edge's manual engineering processes were not conducive to this constantly changing product design environment. The company wanted to implement electronic processes for easy access to product information and improved efficiency. Edge had an ERP system in place which contained parts and order information but lacked the type of functionality required to manage detailed engineering data, particularly engineering changes.

Edge was looking for a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system to remove the paperwork burden and provide a complete documentation trail. They searched specifically for a system that included engineering change, Bill of Material (BOM) and documentation management. Direct integration with their existing ERP system, Sage MAS 200 ERP, was a necessity.
 
Return on Investment
 • Over a 50% reduction in product return rates
 • Improved product quality
 • Reduced costly rework
 • Standardized and organized internal processes
 • Improved and streamlined communication
 • Ensure accuracy of data across the enterprise
 • Easily share data with internal and external teams
 
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EST Analytical
Single Engineering Change and Quality Control System Improves Business Processes for ISO Compliance
Industry
Analytical Instruments and Lab Equipment
 
Overview
EST Analytical is a family-owned and operated business. As a market leader in sample introduction for VOC analysis by GC or GC/MS, EST Analytical has been providing innovative products to a wide variety of industries for over twenty years.

EST Analytical started looking for a document control system to replace several paper-based product development and business processes in order to prepare for ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certification. Their previous processes were a combination of multiple disconnected spreadsheets and databases to manage engineering and manufacturing information such as drawings and work instructions. Their Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) did not tie-in to their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which resulted in duplicate data entry and a long and uncontrolled ECO approval process. Their Quality/Corrective and Preventive Action (CAPA) records were Excel-based documents tracked in an Access database.

As EST Analytical searched for a document control solution they discovered that a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system was what they ultimately needed to address all of their challenges.“With Omnify Empower we have been able to standardize business processes and centralize the management of documents, revision control and CAPAs in order to deliver consistent product to our customers and meet ISO compliance,” stated Tony Batt, Quality Manager for EST Analytical. “We continue to reap the benefits of Omnify Empower by finding new ways to adapt the solution to improve other business processes.”
 
Return on Investment
 • Single Engineering Change and Quality Control system
 • Established efficient paperless business processes
 • Standardized processes for ISO compliance
 • Direct integration with Sage 100 ERP
 • Eliminate duplicate data entry into ERP
 • All product information is organized and searchable
 • Improved data integrity and process times
 • Gained audit trail and traceability on all changes
 • Developed closed-loop CAPA processes
 
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Genetec, Inc.
Leading Physical IP Security Software Innovator Migrates from Open-Source PLM System to Empower PLM to Gain Functionality and Achieve Operational Savings
Industry
Physical IP Security Solutions
 
Overview
As Genetec grew its business in the physical IP video surveillance industry, the company chose to transition its PLM system to Omnify Empower PLM for greater performance features and a turnkey solution. Empower PLM provided Genetec with essential features such as intelligent reference designators, Bill of Material (BOM) redlining, BOM comparisons, change history tracking and data importing capabilities that did not require customization of the software to employ.

“As the company grew, we determined that our development teams required a more robust and cost-effective solution to manage our expanding product development information processes,” said Danny Roy, Hardware Development Manager for Genetec, Inc. “After a thorough review, we chose Omnify Software because we were impressed with its ease of use, functionality and competitive price.”
 
Return on Investment
 • Gained key features with out-of-the-box functionality
 • Easy migration of data from existing PLM system (one day of downtime)
 • Eliminated time consuming customizations
 • Achieved operational savings
 • Direct integration with Altium Designer
 • Direct integration with SolidWorks
 • Completely automated BOM, document and engineering change management
 
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Gooch & Housego
Manufacturer of Oxide Single Crystals Reduces Engineering Change Cycles by 16% and Achieves $250,000 in Cost Savings
Industry
Manufacturer of Oxide Single Crystals
 
Overview
Volume manufacturing is Gooch and Housego's specialty with a notable annual production of 60 tons of single-crystalline lithium niobate. A staff of 150 people delivers a number of highly customized product lines involving internal and external development teams. This environment, coupled with increasing pressure from customers for solutions to be delivered in a much faster timeframe, required the company to take a look at their existing product development processes and find ways to improve efficiencies.

Automating their manual processes was essential to streamline communication among the product development teams for faster reviews and evaluation. In addition, automating the sharing of product development and change management information between their Infor ERP Baan system and Cadence® OrCAD® CIS design environment would address data inconsistencies and eliminate re-work.

After assessing PLM vendors, they selected the Omnify Empower PLM solution because of its ability to address all of their requirements at a much more reasonable cost than other systems, easily integrate with their existing design and manufacturing systems, and the willingness of the Omnify team to support their needs.
 
Return on Investment
 • Reduced ECO cycle time by 16%
 • Estimated overall savings of $250k over 5 years
 • Ensures accuracy of data across the enterprise
 • Easy to use solution/fast user adoption
 • Eliminate waste in manually searching and accessing product information
 • Meet ISO and RoHS compliance requirements
 
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Grass Valley
Leader in Video Technology Updates Legacy Systems to Gain Automated and Integrated Product Development Processes
Industry
Video Technology
 
Overview
For more than 50 years, the Grass Valley™ name has been synonymous with innovation, leadership, and performance. As the premiere video technology solutions company, Grass Valley knows what it takes to keep up with the fast pace of technology advancements, customer requirements and a global workforce. With an aging component database and a Product Data Management (PDM) system that eventually was announced End of Life (EOL) the company had to find a new way to support their complex product lifecycle requirements. Grass Valley needed a next generation solution to automate engineering change and Bill of Material (BOM) management as well as streamline their engineering and manufacturing processes.

A team comprised of Engineering and IT staff set out to find the ideal Product Lifecycle Management solution. “Besides the functional requirements, our main goals were to find an off- the-shelf solution that did not require customizations, was easy to use and offered a good price to performance ratio,” stated Gerard Meijer, Manager of Digital Hardware and Layout for Grass Valley. “A few additional PLM requirements included out-of-the -box integration with our existing CAD tools from Mentor Graphics, bi-directional integration with our manufacturing systems and an internally developed engineering database, plus an easy to use and browser independent interface for the manufacturing floor. All possible solutions were compared on a score card and Omnify Empower PLM was the best possible solution for us.”

Grass Valley now has highly automated and integrated processes for ECR’s (Engineering Change Requests) and CQ’s (Component Qualifications). Empower PLM provides Grass Valley with the ability to easily search for information, view a complete hierarchical BOM list, and deliver automatic notifications on changes. The company is able to share pertinent development information across their entire enterprise by integrating Design, Manufacturing and the factory floor via Empower PLM. In addition, Grass Valley has opened the Empower PLM system to their Contract Manufacturer (CM). Their CM has full yet controlled access to product documentation, BOMs, and ECOs and is included in the automated process flows.
 
Return on Investment
 • Easy transition from aging legacy systems
 • Efficient electronic BOM and change management
 • Easy to use, flexible and cost effective solution
 • Integration with Mentor Graphics engineering design tools
 • Integration with their business and manufacturing systems
 • Secure access to product information for their contract manufacturer
 • Collaboration among design, manufacturing, factory and partners
 • Shorter component qualification and engineering change request lead time
 
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Infinera (Formerly Transmode)
Global Provider of Packet-Optical Network Solutions Improves Product Creation and Certification Processes
Industry
Packet-Optical Networking Solutions
 
Overview
Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Transmode is a global provider of packet-optical networking solutions that enable fixed line and mobile network operators to cost effectively address the capacity needs created by the rapid growth in video and data traffic.

In 2005 Transmode began experiencing the side-effects of aging design tools, and manually handling Bill of Materials (BOMs) via spreadsheets. They found it difficult to get good control over their product documents and files and needed a way to better handle requirements for Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance.

As Transmode began the process of revising their product design and development systems, their first update was to their engineering design environment. The company selected OrCAD from Cadence Design Systems as their Electronic Computer Aided Design (ECAD) system and Omnify Software (which offers a direct integration with OrCAD) as their Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system.

Today, Omnify Empower PLM is used throughout Transmode to provide appropriate parties with access to information about products, revisions, documents, suppliers, etc. As a result of implementing Empower PLM, Transmode now has effective control over the creation and certification of their products with respect to RoHS, life cycle and LTB (Last Time to Buy). “Using the Empower PLM workflow engine allows us to easily handle the approval of files and structures from the first stage at R&D all the way through to manufacturing,” stated Mikael Kalla, Configuration Manager at Transmode.
 
Return on Investment
 • Efficient part, BOM, change, AVL, and document management
 • Controlled processes for product creation and certification
 • Direct integration with Cadence OrCAD
 • Better design choices with access to supply chain data
 • Easily identify, track and report data for RoHS compliance
 
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Intelligent Manufacturing Solutions
Electronics Manufacturing Services Provider Improves Documentation Communication with Customers by 100%
Industry
Electronics Manufacturing Services Provider
 
Overview
Intelligent Manufacturing Solutions (IMS) is a full service Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) provider, specializing in New Product Introduction and Quick Turn Assembly, from Prototype through Moderate Run Production. IMS provides "Intelligent Solutions" to a diversified customer base. These solutions include Quick Turn Prototyping, Sourcing Services, Supply Chain Stabilization Programs, Enhanced Manufacturability Guidance, Test Design and Development, and Safe Passage Transition.

With competitive pressures locally and offshore, IMS needed to increase their value-add to provide the highest level of service to their customers. IMS recognized that Omnify's PLM system could facilitate this by providing a single environment for creating and changing product information and enabling vital product data to be easily shared between IMS and their customers.
 
Return on Investment
 • 100% reduction in ECO notification time
 • 100% improvement in documentation communication
 • Improved and streamlined communication
 • Compare BOMs in minutes vs. hours
 • Elimination of scrap due to incorrect builds
 • Elimination of lost schedule time due to supply or BOM issues
 • Single location to create and change product data
 • IMS involved in sourcing and design decisions
 
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L3 Klein Associates, Inc.
Automated Processes Help L3 Klein Associates Decrease Inventory Exercises by 50%
Industry
Side Scan Sonar Systems
 
Overview
L3 Klein was searching for a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution that would enable greater visibility into their entire development cycle, from idea and request for materials, to engineering and manufacturing. The solution would replace L3 Klein's homegrown solution that relied heavily on Excel spreadsheets, e-mail and manual requests that resulted in inefficiencies in the development process. The PLM solution would also have to integrate seamlessly with L3 Klein's existing ERP system, VISUAL Enterprise as well as their engineering design environment, Cadence® OrCAD® Capture CIS.

Omnify met all of L3 Klein's requirements for functionality, cost, ease-of-use, and unmatched customer support. Through Omnify, L3 Klein automated their time-consuming manual processes and established collaboration between engineering and manufacturing. L3 Klein now has visibility into their entire product development cycle. Data integrity, cycle times and product innovation have all improved since implementing Omnify.
 
Return on Investment
 • Inventory exercise time reduced by 50%
 • Eliminated delays in reporting and scheduling
 • Improved data integrity
 • Unsurpassed efficiency levels
 • Improved part selection process
 • Reduced product redundancies
 • Decreased time-to-market
 
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LoneStar Heart, Inc.
Efficiencies in Product Development Processes Result in Estimated $80,000 in Savings
Industry
Medical Device-Cardiac Restorative Therapies
 
Overview
LoneStar Heart was looking to gain efficiencies in product design and development by replacing their paper-based document control processes with an electronic system. As a developmental stage start-up, they wanted a cost-effective, cloud-based solution that would scale as the company grew. To meet Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, the solution also had to adhere to FDA 21 CFR Part 11 guidelines for electronic records and electronic signatures and with plans to allow external partners such as consultants, development partners and suppliers access to necessary documentation, they wanted customizable role-based user access controls.

LoneStar Heart is using the Empower PLM system to manage product Bill of Materials (BOMs), Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and Documents as well as Training records. Centralized information and automated processes helped to reduce ECO cycle time, enable faster communications with suppliers and development partners, and make compliance with regulatory requirements much easier resulting in $60,000-$80,000 in cost-savings in the first year of deployment.

“We selected Omnify Empower because we found that there are very few cloud/hosted PLM systems out there that are cost-effective while ensuring that there are no compromises on features and controls required for meeting regulatory requirements," stated Manoj Raghuraman, Program Director, Algisyl for LoneStar Heart, Inc.
 
Return on Investment
 • Cost-effective, cloud-based, scalable solution
 • $60,000 - $80,000 in savings in the first year of deployment
 • Faster communication with suppliers and partners
 • Reduced Engineering Change Order cycle time
 • Adhere to 21 CFR Part 11 compliance for electronic records
 • Easier to meet compliance with centralized information
 
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LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems
Extending PLM to Encompass Quality Management Provides a Holistic View of Product and Quality Data to Effectively Identify and Resolve Quality Issues Early On
Industry
Mini Sensors
 
Overview
LORD MicroStrain has been using the Empower PLM system to manage their parts, bill of materials (BOMs) and engineering change/ECO information since 2007. The company realized positive business benefits managing their design processes with Empower PLM and saw an opportunity to expand that success by leveraging the quality management capabilities of the system.

The company did not previously have automated quality management in place. Without formal documentation of specific problems, it was time-consuming to identify and effectively resolve issues. The company was also setting out to achieve ISO 9001 Certification and implementing a formal quality management system was a requirement.

“Based on our experience, it was a simple decision to adopt the Empower Quality module as our quality system,” said Mike Jewett, senior quality engineer, LORD MicroStrain. “We tested a 30-day trial and found it easy to use and the training of our engineers was simple. Furthermore, we eliminated the need to purchase a separate quality management product and we get better visibility into quality issues across our organization by tracking all quality and product record information in one central system.”
 
Return on Investment
 • Enhanced investment in PLM with Quality Management
 • Eliminate the need to purchase a separate quality system
 • Centralized product record and quality management
 • Holistic view of quality across all product lines
 • Effectively identify and resolve quality issues early on
 
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Nujira, Ltd.
World Leader in Envelope Tracking (ET) Technology Creates Closed-Loop and Error-Free Engineering Processes
Industry
Envelope Tracking (ET)
 
Overview
Nujira, Ltd. is the world leader in Envelope Tracking (ET) technology and solutions for powering energy efficient 4G cellular terminals, base stations and digital broadcast transmitters.

Nujira implemented the Empower PLM solution from Omnify Software to gain better control over their engineering data and processes for PCB designs. The company was using a component management database that was initially sufficient for their needs, but as Nujira grew, it became inadequate to control information such as Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) and product documentation. The company also had to address concerns associated with various sources and versions of data that were a consequence of their manual processes.

By implementing the Omnify Empower PLM solution, Nujira created a central location to access and manage product information such as ECOs, BOMs (Bills of Materials) and documents. The company also took advantage of Empower PLM’s tight integration with Mentor Graphics Expedition® PCB in order to develop a closed-loop, error-free process that eliminates the need for any manual editing. Design engineers are able to utilize the power of the Omnify database by selecting components directly from Empower PLM and placing them onto schematics. A BOM is then generated from the final schematic and loaded directly into Empower PLM.

“Our previous process to import a Parts List from a schematic took well over an hour to complete (for every Parts List) and now it takes only a few minutes,” said Richard Sharples, CAD Engineering Manager for Nujira. “Checking an ECO has also been reduced from a full day to only a matter of seconds due to the redlining capability of Empower PLM.”
 
Return on Investment
 • Eliminate silos of product information (centralized data)
 • Efficient BOM, engineering change and document management
 • Direct integration with Mentor Graphics Expedition PCB
 • Closed-loop and error-free automated engineering processes
 • ECO checking reduced from one day to seconds
 • Parts List import reduced from hours to minutes
 • Reduce time spent searching for information
 • Cost savings with accurate and up to date data
 
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Oztek Corp.
Oztek Achieves One-Click Engineering Change Visibility and Improved Component Management
Industry
Power Converter Solutions
 
Overview
Prior to adopting Omnify Software, Oztek utilized a manual, paper-based Engineering Change Order (ECO) system. ECO numbers were logged in Excel. Forms were completed in Word and then printed and routed through appropriate personnel for
sign-off.

Oztek’s primary goal was to replace their paper ECO process with an automated, computer-based solution in order to eliminate the manual record keeping steps while providing better traceability and reporting. A second goal was to improve their ability to manage components including; initial part creation, use of attributes, a formal approval process, and integration with their CAD environment, Cadence OrCAD®.
 
Return on Investment
 • Eliminate tedious paper-based ECO and component management
 • Gain visibility and traceability on all engineering changes
 • Easily find bottlenecks to expedite the ECO process
 • Eliminating manual processes saves two days of work monthly
 • All part information is visible and searcheable directly from within Cadence OrCAD
 • Improve employee training process with the Training Module
 • Simple to use web-based application
 •  Intuitive and easy to train new employees
 
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Petra Systems
Petra Systems Takes a 'Smart' Approach to Development of Smart Energy Solutions with PLM
Industry
Smart Energy Solutions
 
Overview
As a new company in a high-growth industry, Petra Systems needed to implement systems and processes to manage their large volume of engineering data. Growing from about sixty employees to over one hundred and fifty in a year (a vast majority in engineering), Petra Systems found that their current environment for managing engineering activity needed to be more efficient and streamlined. The company’s processes were manual and all product related data was stored on secured drives.

Petra Systems wanted to become more mechanized with automated processes around document control, engineering changes, and Bill of Material (BOM) management. They also wanted to improve their processes related to meeting compliance in order to ensure the use of compliant parts early in the design cycle. With previous experience using Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Petra Systems knew there was a need for a PLM system to be able to manage their complex engineering activity.

Petra Systems implemented the Omnify Empower PLM solution to address their product development needs. Empower PLM is now the primary tool used to develop and solidify all design changes and track a product’s lifecycle. With
Empower PLM in place, Petra Systems has replaced manual processes with a more disciplined and automated approach for part number creation, part development, BOM management, Engineering Change Orders (ECOs),
and document control.
 
Return on Investment
 • Estimated 74% reduction in ECO cycle time
 • Able to increase product volume
 • Affordable, scalable, easy to use PLM system for SMB
 • Eliminate replication of error-prone data
 • More easily meet utility compliance requirements
 
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Redline Communications
Redline Communications Achieves 100% Return on Investment from Omnify Software in First Year
Industry
Telecom - Advanced Broadband Wireless Access and Backhaul Solutions
 
Overview
Redline was searching for a PLM solution that would integrate all their Bill of Materials (BOMs), engineering changes/ECOs, and part data into a single repository that could be easily accessible by everyone involved in the product development process (internal teams, contract manufacturing, and offshore design partners).

A key requirement was that the PLM solution could easily integrate with their EDA design environment, Cadence® OrCAD® Capture CIS and was open and scalable enough to allow for future integrations with other applications such as their Financial and Purchasing systems.

Omnify provided Redline with a solution that fit their need for control over BOMs, ECOs, and Documentation in addition to meeting their integration demands.
 
Return on Investment
 • 100% return on investment in the first year
 • Shortened and streamlined communication cycles with internal and external teams
 • Decreased engineering change cycles
 • Assured data quality by eliminating human error
 • Reduced scrap and rework
 • Complete implementation deployed in days with no downtime
 
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Remec Broadband Wireless
Company Synchronizes Local and Remote Sites, Reducing Engineering Change Cycle by 46%
Industry
Telecom-Integrated Microwave and Millimeter Wave Subsystem Solutions
 
Overview
Remec Broadband Wireless was challenged with arduous paper processes that had to be replicated at two facilities-one in the United States and a manufacturing facility in the Philippines- which resulted in resource burdens and posed a high potential for user error. The company wanted to implement a system for paperless capture of Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) with online approvals and complete tracking of all changes as well as maintain links to CARs (Corrective Action Reports), FAIs (First Article of Inspection), and TDAs (Temporary Deviation Article), for any given part. A single repository for product documentation and controlled product revisions across remote sites was extremely important in order to get everyone in sync.

As a fast growing company, Remec Broadband Wireless looked for an affordable, scalable Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution that also integrated tightly with their existing Intuitive ERP environment in order to provide one common database that sent data to and from the ERP system.
 
Return on Investment
 • 46% reduction in Engineering Change Order (ECO) cycle time
 • Streamline engineering change process across local and remote sites
 • Access to current and accurate product data for all sites
 • Affordable, robust and scalable PLM system for start-up
 • Direct integration with existing Intuitive ERP system
 • Eliminate arduous paper-based processes
 • Eliminate replication of error-prone data
 
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RenalGuard (Formerly PLC Medical Systems, Inc.)
Leader in Innovative Technologies for the Cardiac and Vascular Markets Automates Engineering Change and Training Processes for Continuous Improvement and FDA/ISO Compliance
Industry
Medical Device-Technologies for the Cardiac and Vascular Markets
 
Overview
The company was managing product data with a homegrown system developed in an Access database that required a great deal of manual intervention and paper processes. If someone changed a Quality document they would have to print it out, pull out the old document from a folder, put in the new version and then walk around from person to person for sign-off. This setup did not have the necessary tracking for who was actually trained on a certain procedure, who signed off on an Engineering Change Order (ECO), or when items were signed-off. In addition, it did not allow PLC/RenalGuard to capture employee product knowledge so if anyone left the company they took that knowledge with them.

PLC/RenalGuard was looking to replace the homegrown database with a solution that would allow Documentation Control to keep ECOs moving through an automated system rather than a ‘walking system’ where they had to physically walk from person to person for sign-off. In addition, being in a highly regulated industry required PLC to set up more formal, automated processes.
 
Return on Investment
 • Meet stringent FDA and ISO compliance requirements
 • Improve ECO and Training process efficiencies
 • Substantial labor savings due to automated processes
 • Significant cut in change approval to production time
 
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RT Logic-Avtec
Easier and Efficient BOM Revision Management for Design of Complex Data Communications Products
Industry
SATCOM and Communications
 
Overview
Real-Time Logic, Inc. (RT Logic) is the leading supplier of innovative signal processing systems providing field-proven capabilities for communication with satellites, spacecraft, missiles, and airborne platforms. ses to solve its customers' toughest real-world engineering problems.

As a leading provider of advanced communications systems, the company generates a large volume of complex engineering products. This environment inevitably results in a high quantity of engineering changes. RT Logic-Avtec needed a way to accurately track all of the Bill of Material (BOM) changes and have the ability to view previous revisions with a clear history of the product’s lifecycle.

The company initially tried to track and manage their engineering change/revision process with Excel spreadsheets. Managing detailed change information in this manor did not provide the security or history tracking that RT Logic-Avtec needed to effectively manage product revisions and the manual entry of information was highly susceptible to data inaccuracies. The company also tried using their existing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system to manage revisions. Tracking different revisions of the same BOM in their ERP system proved to be time-consuming and tedious, requiring the creation of a different BOM part number for each revision which did not have any relation to each other.

All of RT Logic-Avtec’s product data is now centralized and managed within Empower PLM. The company met its primary goal of eliminating the tedious task of managing BOM information within their ERP system. With features such as complete BOM revision control, audit trails, BOM comparisons and full BOM hierarchy views, Empower PLM makes RT Logic-Avtec’s BOM management process much easier and more efficient. All BOM revisions now exist solely in the Empower PLM system with only the current released BOM residing in ERP.
 
Return on Investment
 • Eliminate tedious revision management in ERP (70% time savings creating, tracking, updating)
 • 95% reduction in time spent searching for data with centralized product record
 • 100% improved data accuracy through automated processes
 • Traceability on all engineering changes
 • More efficient and effective configuration management
 • Guarantee manufacturing is building to the correct BOM
 • Clear view of product’s lifecycle
 
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Seahorse Bioscience
Industry
Medical Device-Biological Research and Drug Discover Products
 
Overview
Serving the life sciences industry since 2001, Seahorse Bioscience provides industry-leading analytical instruments, biomanufacturing systems and consumable labware products for biological research and drug discovery.

Seahorse Bioscience was managing product development with paper-based processes. Information such as part numbers and Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) were processed using Excel spreadsheets. This eventually became inefficient, risky and laborious. In addition, the company had two corporate divisions. With the data spillover that can result from any collaborative work
between multiple corporate divisions, a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) system became a necessity in order to centralize and control information.

The company’s primary goal was to find a means to centralize and automate their document control tasks. They wanted to have one corporate source for part number generation, ECO generation and tracking, and a secure corporate repository for design/product data with automated revision control.
 
Return on Investment
 • Replace error-prone Excel-based part generation and ECO processes
 • Keep product data for two corporate divisions in sync
 • Eliminate issues with misplaced or forgotten ECOs
 • Eliminate purchasing out-of-rev parts and assemblies
 • Guarantee vendors are using the latest revision
 • Streamline design and manufacturing information
 • Integration with corporate ERP system, Infor Syteline
 
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Solta Medical, Inc.
Solta Medical Meets Stringent FDA Compliance Requirements for Class II Medical Device Product
Industry
Medical Device-Medical Aesthetics
 
Overview
The Thermage solution from Solta Medical is a Class II medical device and therefore is required to meet stringent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance requirements. Solta Medical must have a proper document structure in place to show the history of how a product was built, with signed and dated documents.

Solta Medical wanted a central and secure location for all Thermage product data to be vaulted so that they could easily track, manage and find information. They also wanted to implement a system that would support better compliance and manufacturing processes.
 
Return on Investment
 • Meet stringent FDA compliance requirements (21 CFR part 11)
 • Able to complete Software Validation in short timeframe
 • Eliminate waste in manually searching for product information
 • Easy to use solution/Fast user adoption for existing and new staff
 • Superior customer support
 
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TEKTELIC Communications
Rich Feature Set, Usability and Low Cost Prove Ideal for Innovative Start-Up
Industry
Cellular Radio Solutions and Micro Base Stations
 
Overview
As a growing company with an experienced staff, TEKTELIC knew that a Product Lifecycle Management system was required early on, prior to their first development project, to ensure that the company had the proper product development processes in place to effectively manage part information, Bill of Materials (BOMs), and engineering changes. This positioned TEKTELIC to remain focused on delivering innovative, low cost solutions as the company grew.

TEKTELIC was looking for a cost effective PLM product that did not introduce significant overhead for their design staff. “We evaluated five PLM products and also considered SaaS PLM packages,” stated Trevor Zapach, Director of Operations for TEKTELIC Communications. “We rejected the larger packages due to their cost and complexity and the SaaS packages due to concerns with data security and limited CAD tool integration. We ultimately selected the solution from Omnify Software due to its rich feature set, usability and low cost.”
 
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Treske Precision Machining, Inc.
Treske Precision Machining Implements Omnify in Less Than a Week and Shortens Engineering Change Cycles by over 75%
Industry
Manufacturer of Precision Machined Parts, Welded Frames, and Integrated Assemblies
 
Overview
A substantial growth in their customer base and pending ISO certification changed Treske’s requirements for managing product information. Legacy processes were no longer sufficient to keep up with the significant increase of documentation that needed to be managed. Treske’s product documentation was stored in various files on network servers; Bills of Materials (BOMs) were managed in Excel spreadsheets and prints were saved in PDF format. This setup lacked accessibility and the capabilities to keep documentation in a controlled environment such as tracking, linking and where-used searching.

Treske had implemented an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution from Epicor Software Corporation, Epicor Vantage® 8.0, to manage manufacturing information such as job planning, purchasing, inventory and financial data. Treske knew the best way to manage their growing product information and properly track documentation for ISO certification was to employ a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Treske’s ultimate goal was to integrate the ERP and PLM environments to directly share information through an automated process and eliminate double entry of part data. Treske enters new part data on a daily basis and manually entering that data into two systems is error-prone and time-consuming. Treske wanted all released information, particularly BOMs, automatically uploaded to Epicor from the PLM system.

Omnify supplied Treske with a PLM solution that met all of their requirements: an open integration platform, ease of use, low cost, and an outstanding support team.
 
Return on Investment
 • Fast implementation and training (under one week)
 • Reduced ECO cycle time by over 75%
 • Unified location to manage product information
 • Ensure accuracy of data across the enterprise
 • Reduced product returns
 • Eliminate delays in searching and accessing product information
 • Supports ISO certification requirements
 
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Vergent Products, Inc.
Vergent Products, Inc. Improves Product Quality and Customer Collaboration
Industry
Design and Manufacturing Services
 
Overview
Vergent manages multiple customers and products in both development and assembly. Data is received in various file formats and revisions and communication between Vergent and their customers is critical. The company was tracking and managing Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) on a shared Excel spreadsheet which resulted in a variety of problems.

With a focus on consistently producing quality products, on time, Vergent was looking for better methods to process ECOs, track releases of documents related to products, control document revisions with a repository for those documents, as well as a means to improve collaboration with their customers.

After seeing a demonstration of the Omnify Empower PLM system, Vergent knew it was exactly what they needed to address their product development issues.

Vergent has over 60 employees using the Omnify Empower PLM system including: Sales, Service, Engineering, Purchasing and Production. The company is leveraging the core features of Empower PLM to support controlled processes such as; item and Bill of Material (BOM) creation, engineering changes, file management, revision control, approval history, task management, and document control. The company has also expanded their use of Omnify Empower PLM with the Quality Management and Project Management features.
 
Return on Investment
 • Eliminate lost time searching for status of Engineering Change Orders (ECOs)
 • Reduce material scrap and incorrect orders by 96%
 • Reduce paper, printing, ink, and shipping costs
 • Reduce scrap and re-work
 • Improve communication with customers/customer satisfaction
 • Improve document control
 • Support consistent product quality
 • Faster New Product Introduction (NPI) cycles
 
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WiTricity
Implementing PLM Early On Gives Emerging Wireless Technology Company a Boost
Industry
Wireless Electricity
 
Overview
WiTricity was founded in 2007 to commercialize an exciting new technology for wireless electricity invented by world renowned physicists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Like a typical start-up, WiTricity had a small team managing design information in Excel spreadsheets. Even with the minimal amount of data they were managing, they were experiencing the chaos of manual processes. Spreadsheet revisions were constantly changing with no formal change control process or centralized repository location.

They needed to replace their Excel spreadsheets with a more formal and controlled automated system. “As we started to evaluate solutions, we really wanted to find a product that could meet our needs as a small technology start-up and delivered the best value,” stated Matt MacDonald, Vice President of Engineering for WiTricity. “The Omnify Empower PLM solution was a perfect fit for us because it delivered functionality, scalability and a start-up friendly price tag.”
 
Return on Investment
 • Start-up friendly price tag
 • Full functionality to meet their current and future needs
 • Scalable to grow as their team/company grows
 • Integration with Mentor Graphics engineering design tools
 • Integration with their Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP system
 • Controlled and efficient engineering processes
 • Eliminate chaos of managing engineering changes with Excel spreadsheets
 
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Z Microsystems
Z Microsystems Automates Training Processes and Gets "Pat on the Back" From ISO Auditor
Industry
Field-ready computing solutions for military, medical, industrial, and law enforcement applications
 
Overview
Z Microsystems has been successfully using the Omnify Software Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution to help manage and control their product life cycle for a little over six years. With the release of Omnify Empower PLM, new product features, specifically Training Management, became very valuable to the organization in addressing issues beyond their initial Product Lifecycle Management requirements.

With success managing their product design and development processes via Omnify, Z Microsystems turned to this system to address their outstanding ISO (International Organization for Standardization) compliance issues.
 
Return on Investment
 • Meet ISO compliance requirements
 • Automate and streamline training processes
 • Update outdated Stanard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
 • Remove unecessary hard copy documents from the floor
 • Improve team collaboration with automated change alerts
 • Save time with single document master list
 • Improve document control
 
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