Aras Case Study: Littelfuse Tackles NPI with Project Management

Learn about the journey of our customer Littelfuse, who needed a new system to help better manage their new product introduction (NPI) process. This case study shares their journey in selecting a PLM system and how they went about solving their NPI challenges with Aras Innovator.

Here is a synopsis of the challenges they faced:

Littelfuse has experienced significant growth in recent years making new product development (NPD) extremely challenging for business units and the manufacturing sites supporting them. Managing NPD projects and the associated product and manufacturing had been difficult due to lack of process standardization and not having a PLM system to effectively manage processes and data. Typical cycle times to provide customer Production Part Approvals Process (PPAP) averaged four weeks and gathering and uploading product data into the ERP system could take up to three weeks. Significant delays caused by waiting for information, inaccuracy of data, and copying and pasting data from one application to another raised concerns about the efficiency and effectiveness of the NPD systems that were in place.

Compliance to ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 automotive requirements was also a major concern as each business unit and manufacturing site operate independently. Change Management, traceability, documentation, and communication were specific quality compliance concerns. Initiatives to standardize quality processes globally were already underway and having an enterprise PLM solution would significantly improve compliance.

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