Drive Efficiency, Speed Time to Market
Fresenius Medical Care has been growing successfully, but cumbersome, paper-based regional processes, methods and tools in product development did not match on a global scale.
The situation hindered global collaboration between product teams, created unnecessary inefficiencies, and slowed development cycles and speed to market – especially in context of developing complex, next-therapy systems.
Fresenius Medical Care realized that streamlining and digitalization of processes were key steps to allow design anywhere, build anywhere and ship anywhere.
Fresenius Medical Care worked with Rockwell Automation to create a global digital transformational program to realize digital twins of its products to drive efficiency in global product development and regulatory compliance. The Global Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is a strategic program for managing all product and process data with streamlined capabilities based on a globally accessible and integrated eco-system.
The overall business goals of the project included:
- Speed time to market in product development, manufacturing and product management
- Increase global collaboration and efficiency, especially among product teams
- Improve product quality
- Lower administrative efforts
- Prepare for and enable the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Global PLM drives for a single source of truth for managing product data digitally, enabling research and development (R&D), manufacturing and quality to become truly global, collaborative organizations and move into state-of-the-art, digital-driven product development and manufacturing as the basis for future products.
Fresenius Medical Care identified tangible examples and pain points that clearly highlighted the potential benefits of this initiative to the board of directors and executives.
Above pure financial justification, they placed initiatives as strategic programs targeting overall efficiency increases and improved time to market.
Since program work began in 2017, Fresenius Medical Care has defined a variety of streamlined and globally harmonized engineering and manufacturing capabilities and had numerous rollouts that started gaining value from better collaboration, digital processes and less administrative efforts.
As a result of the PLM project, Rockwell Automation has helped Fresenius Medical Care move from paper-based systems to systems that capture and drive analytics on product data, including tracking adoption of capabilities and operational improvements – for example, change management lead time or deliverable lead time.
Going forward, Fresenius Medical Care will add advanced analytics and leverage machine learning and automation to improve R&D and manufacturing operations from insights.