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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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