Since deploying Arena PLM in 2008, congatec has rolled out the system across all product lines. Because their products are comprised of many different components and subassemblies, the organization uses Arena to establish an effective part numbering scheme and streamline configuration management.
To accommodate their short development cycles, congatec’s R&D team feeds Arena the completed product designs. The operations team then accesses Arena to execute quality assurance, procurement, and other critical activities. Subsequently, the team leverages Arena’s secure supplier access to quickly release the final BOM to EMS partners for production.
The company is also able to seamlessly integrate Arena with their ERP system and electronically transmit necessary product information to further expedite production planning and manufacturing.
As congatec learns more about Arena PLM capabilities, and their needs evolve, they work closely with customer success coaches and solution architects to provide suggestions for future software enhancements. “Arena truly values the voice of the customer. The support team listens to our needs and takes our feedback into account as they continue to refine the PLM solution,” stated Grudzinski.
Arena PLM is now an integral part of congatec’s day to-day operations and is included in the onboarding process for all new hires. The system easily scales with the business as it continues to add new users and leverage additional functionality.
With congatec continuing to expand their product portfolio and enter new markets, Arena provides a strong foundation to help them stay on course and take their embedded computing technology to the next level.