XAAR adopts keytech PLM for SolidWorks Data Management by locknkey24


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            XAAR adopts keytech PLM for SolidWorks
            Data Management

            XAAR                                             control complex lifecycles and integration
            Printhead Technology leader chooses              with both 3D CAD and Business Systems
            keytech PLM to manage Product Develop-           (such as ERP) as the leading driving
            ment environment.                                factors.
            keytech Software GmbH, a leading So-             According to Robert Ison, Project Leader
            lidWorks Gold integrated PLM solution            at XAAR, “It quickly became apparent that
            provider, announces that XAAR, the world-        we needed custom lifecycles, rather than
            leading independent supplier of state-of-        standard, as they’re critical to defining our
            the-art industrial inkjet printheads, inks and   products. We looked at creating these
            peripheral equipment, has adopted keytech        lifecycles in our previous system, but the
            PLM as the backbone of its product deve-         investment required proved prohibitive.”
            lopment system.                                  Sparked by the opening of its new manu-
                                                             facturing facility, XAAR took the decision
            keytech offers complex lifecycle                 to re-evaluate its existing IT systems and
            support                                          subsequently, to look elsewhere for the
            XAAR chose keytech’s solution following          core Data Management component of its
            an extensive evaluation process, citing          Product Development and Engineering
            keytech PLM’s ability to manage and              process.
           XAAR - The decision for keytech PLM

           The selection criteria for the final system     have documents. With other systems it is
           were complex lifecycle support and tight        very difficult to add into a Bill of Materials
           integration with SolidWorks, Axapta™            as you had to create a false document and
           ERP system, XAAR’s ECAD system Altium           add that to the BOM.
           2007™ (formerly ProTel) and its own pro-        “Ease of use, multi-language support, busi-
           prietary Shop Floor Management system,          ness system and unparalleled SolidWorks
           XPS.                                            integration mean that we believe we’ve
                                                           made the right decision for now, and the
           Criteria and analysis                           future. Its ease of use and integration with
           “We did a full analysis on the packages         SolidWorks really does seem to be second
           available and it became apparent that           to none.” Ison concluded.
           keytech did what everyone else does plus
           a lot more” commented Ison.
           Alongside SolidWorks integration, other
           features that attracted XAAR to keytech’s
           offering were multi-language support, ease
           of use and integration to other systems
           within the organisation. But perhaps the
           overriding deciding factor was keytech’s
           Data Management capabilities.
           As Ison pointed out “One of the major be-
           nefits for us was the fact that keytech deals
           with product data and items, rather than

„..Its ease of use and integration with
SolidWorks really does seem to be se-
cond to none.”
           just documents which means it can handle
           Bills of Materials more intelligently.
           Each item has its own item number as
           well as the documents associated to it. As
           a result, you can create full and a curate
           Bills of Materials by adding parts that don’t

                                                           exploded acurator by
                                                           as a 3D-model
keytech about the cooperation                  About XAAR
„keytech is delighted that XAAR, a leader      Xaar is the world’s leading independent sup-
in a highly competitive, innovation driven     plier of industrial inkjet printheads, inks and
market, has chosen keytech PLM as the          peripheral equipment to commercial prin-
backbone for its Product Development           ting and industrial manufacturing markets.
environment. This highlights the requi-        Xaar’s innovative technology offers OEM
rement within the mainstream product           customers and licensees commercial advan-
development and manufacturing sector for                                         tage through
world class yet affordable Product Lifecycle                                     product
Management solutions which connect the                                           differentiation,
often disconnected systems many compa-                                           productivity,
nies use. keytech is committed to providing                                      and faster
solutions which speed innovation within a                                        time-to-mar-
management environment to the SolidWorks                                         ket. Additional
community.“ commented Reiner Heimsoth,                                           information
CEO of keytech Software GmbH.                                                    about Xaar is
                                                                                 available at
About keytech                                                                    www.xaar.co.uk
keytech is a leader in the integration of
CAD, ERP and Data Management systems
into cohesive, yet affordable, environments
that fulfil its customers’ requirements and
boost their productivity across many areas
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                                               respective owners.

of the enterprise. With integration of major
2D and 3D CAD Systems and integrations
into major ERP Systems, keytech’s flag-
ship offering, keytech PLM, is a scalable
solution, beginning with simple document
management and ending in a complete
Product Lifecycle Management solution.
Robert Ison               keytech Software GmbH
Xaar                      Suderwicherstr. 68
Science Park              45665 Recklinghausen
Cambridge                 Tel.: +49 2361 985 80 0
CB4 0XR                   Fax: +49 2361 985 80 23
Tel.: +44 0 1223 423663   info@keytech.de
rison@xaar.co.uk          www.keytech.de

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