Newsroom: Press release
Leading automotive industry supplier selects KONFIG® CM to manage multiple CAD data formats
4 January 1999. For immediate release.
Ref. NDM 140/99

Calsonic, a leading tier one automotive industry supplier which specialises in the design and manufacture of integrated automotive systems, including climate control, exhaust and heat exchange systems and components, has selected the KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) software suite to manage data from its multiple CAD systems in a secure environment.

Calsonic, which has manufacturing sites in the USA and the UK, operates in a heterogeneous software environment which includes seven different CAD systems, running on both UNIX and Windows. KONFIG® CM will initially be used as an electronic vaulting system for all CAD data and will eventually be expanded to include work-flow management. It will also be integrated with Calsonic's MRP system to allow 'always current' product information to be readily available for manufacturing planning purposes, while maintaining security over proprietary information.

Having reviewed several EDM/PDM systems during its selection process, one of the reasons cited by Calsonic for selecting KONFIG® CM was the software's 'out-of-the-box' capabilities. This meant that it could be implemented with the minimum of bespoke application programming. As a final test, the company conducted an on-site 'proof of concept' study which confirmed that KONFIG® CM could indeed provide the solution they were looking for, out of the box.

The first phase of the system implementation - secure electronic vaulting - has now been completed at three of Calsonic's facilities. The second phase will see work-flow management added, with MRP integration following.

Company background

Centra Technology Ltd. is the wholly owned UK subsidiary of Auto-Trol Technology Corporation of Denver, Colorado, a 40 year old computer-aided engineering and technical publishing software developer and systems integrator. From its headquarters in Wolverhampton, Centra Technology Ltd. sells and supports Auto-Trol's KONFIG® CM (formally CENTRA 2000®) and Tech Illustrator software suites as well as the GEOSTATION® petroleum exploration and production geographic information system (GIS).


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