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Driving innovation through digitalization – a JCB, heavy equipment manufacturer, case study

JCB, a family-owned heavy equipment manufacturer, drives innovation through digitalization.

As the company has grown to more than 12,000 employees, it embraced digitalization for product design, improvements, and product lifecycle management (PLM).

The company implements between 50 and 60 product updates each year, and they configure more than 200,000 product variations, all of which add to the complexity of their complete product line.

Watch the video and discover the benefits of digitalization JCB realized using Teamcenter and Geolus Shape Search.

The company is known for its distinctive yellow loader, tractors, excavators, and more.

Heavy equipment manufacturing company JCB uses PLM and digital twin to accelerate innovation

The comprehensive digital twin has helped JCB with research-heavy equipment challenges like health and safety, driver comfort, functionality, reliability, fuel efficiency, and maintenance costs. Using PLM and the digital twin, engineers reduced design time for new parts and increased collaboration across departments. Connected PLM and CAD solutions allowed engineers to quickly identify and locate existing parts, reducing the amount of time engineers spent either searching for an existing part or simply creating a new one where it wasn’t necessary. They also automated product configuration, which helped to simplify and accelerate a complex process with more than 200,000 possible variations. All of these innovations mentioned were a direct result of digitalization.

Benefits of digitalization in partnership with Siemens

The benefits of digitalization may look different from one company to the next, but digitalization consistently makes a positive impact on businesses overall. At JCB, collaboration became easier and more commonplace by using a single source of data. Engineers can now easily reuse parts with an efficient parts search, and the company achieves continuous innovation with a PLM platform and quality continues to improve with ongoing platform development. Watch the video and learn how JCB grew and improved by partnering with Siemens Digital Industries Software.

Try cloud-based PLM and begin driving innovation with digitalization

Cloud-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) PLM offers a customizable solution for both large corporations and small to medium-sized businesses with plenty of benefits:

  • Efficiency: Tailored solutions to meet specific needs
  • Productivity: In-depth understanding of company workflow
  • Fast implementation: Immediate access through a browser
  • Distributed total ownership: Subscriptions don’t require a large, up-front technology investment
  • Extended collaboration: Enable input from internal and external stakeholders
  • Security: Intellectual property remains secure

With a SaaS PLM solution in place, everyone involved in product development gains quick and easy access to the data they need with little to no IT support.

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