Screw connections are essential in automobile production – every vehicle has hundreds of them. Screw connections that do not fit the requirements or the part can lead to extra reworking. This is to be avoided if possible, as providing the highest quality in engine manufacturing as well as all production processes is a key component of brand identity in the automobile industry. In the past, Porsche AG used a variety of IT systems for its screw data management process. There was also no centralized database. This meant that there were some stand-alone solutions with redundant information that led to increased work in operations, coordination and maintenance.
A modern data platform was to be developed together with Trivadis to solve this. Specifically, a centralized system for managing standard workflows that would be defined for screw hole implementation and parameter changes as well as a system to evaluate aggregated information about a screw hole. The major challenge was getting the various data structures and processes of the individual crews and departments on the same level. The requirements analysis as well as the implementation turned up a number of new findings, which led to changes in the requirements. Thanks to an agile and iterative approach, Trivadis was able to react flexibly and develop the technologically best-possible solution. The required mobile solution (responsive design) was also implemented.
With the Connection Lifecycle Cockpit (CLC), Trivadis has developed an IT system that optimized the existing screw data management and acts as a vessel for initiating a cross-departmental workflow across the entire lifecycle of a connection technology. The CLC system plays an important role in achieving the Porsche quality standards in engine manufacturing through master data management of manufacturing processes. In this complex environment, the creation of a unified data model laid the groundwork for a software that spans production series and departments. Additionally, Trivadis SystemCare ensures a seamless transition from development to operations, allowing the IT solution to work without a hitch and continue to be developed even after the project has concluded.
Porsche AG (full name: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft) is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in StuttgartZuffenhausen. The company originated in 1931 as a motor vehicle development company founded in Stuttgart by Ferdinand Porsche. In 1945, it transitioned into an automobile manufacturer, producing primarily sports cars. Porsche AG joined the Volkswagen Group in 2009. Porsche AG employs 35’429 workers and operates manufacturing facilities in Stuttgart and Leipzig as well as a development centre in Weissach, Germany.