Full speed ahead for Vard Electro with Minerva Electronic PLM
Vard Electro is changing their approach to become more product-oriented. Minerva Electronic PLM will play an important part in making engineers and designers at Vard Electro work more efficient.
Vard Electro is a world-class supplier of complete electrical systems for ships, including Control systems, Power systems, Bridge systems, and Communication systems. The Norwegian company was established in 1997 as a subsidiary of Vard Group, one of the major global designers and shipbuilders of specialized vessels.
Now, Vard Electro provides its products and installations to the ships, built by Vard, as well as delivering products and services to external customers.
In 2010, after building up an extensive product portfolio, Vard Electro started to feel the need for a Product Life Cycle Management/Product Data Management system.
“We started to feel the pain of not having such a system in place,” says Arvid Sundli, Senior Vice President for Equipment & Solutions at Vard Electro.
Among the challenges were:
- Increasingly challenging to keep track of product deliveries
- Unable to integrate process-related workflows into the ERP system
- Difficult to monitor and service products in the field
In 2013, Vard Electro decided to implement a PLM system and started to shortlist potential PLM system providers. And in 2015 the evaluation of different systems started.
“We looked at functionality, cost, implementation process, the technical solution, and vendor reputation and capabilities. And one of the areas where Aras had a high score was on the technical solution. It was quite easy to customize and make different rules and reports, even by ourselves,” says Arvid and continues:
“Another advantage was that Minerva has developed their High-Tech solution (Minerva Electronic PLM) which was quite suitable for our needs. In the end, Aras Innovator and Minerva Electronic PLM was the solution that was the best fit for us,” says Arvid Sundli.
With Minerva Electronic PLM, Vard Electro has achieved:
- Improved workflow handling capabilities
- Seamless collaboration with internal as well as external partners
- Improved efficiency and effectiveness in especially change management workflows
A good experience for everyone
In the end, Arvid Sundli and his team at Vard Electro had a good implementation experience with Minerva. They are quite satisfied with the solution.
“We worked with a great team. They understood our requirements and provided us with a solution that fitted with our expectations. The implementation went very well and was a good experience for everyone involved, so I can definitely recommend both Aras Innovator as a system and Minerva as an implementation partner,” says Arvid Sundli.
In the old system we were not working with processes, but more with PDM functionalities. And one of the areas where Electronic PLM had a high score was on the technical solution. It was quite easy to customize and make different rules and reports, even by ourselves.