Carlisle Brake & Friction Improves Product Development With Aras PLM
Carlisle Brake & Friction is a globally recognized leader in the development and manufacture of highly innovative brake and friction system solutions serving a diverse range of motion control applications. The comprehensive nature of Carlisle’s brake system expertise includes hydraulic control products, industrial brake assemblies, wet and dry friction material for brake, clutch and transmission applications as well as aftermarket replacement kits, all developed and manufactured under the Carlisle umbrella.
In previous years, as the company continued to expand into international markets to serve leading OEMs with heavy duty brake, clutch and transmission applications on a global level, the product development process grew more complex. Since product data management, project management, workflow, test information management and other product development processes were managed with a variety of standalone and homegrown systems, the IT environment wasn’t able to keep pace. Product data was difficult to integrate between Creo CAD and QAD ERP and the standalone systems. The company’s global business units were challenged to effectively collaborate and synchronize their product development processes across disciplines and locations. Bottlenecks grew in the areas of managing complexity, global security, data version control, and other product lifecycle management (PLM) processes.
According to the company, another key driver was in the regulatory area. With several military OEM customers, the company’s products and processes must be in compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Thus, any move to standardize on a single PLM platform had to provide global teams with a way to support compliance in terms of reporting to meet these mandates.
As implementation began, and the team migrated PTC Windchill and file data into Aras Innovator, Carlisle realized key benefits from standardizing on a single platform for a single source of truth in terms of product data and processes. The team is now able to use Aras Innovator as a central repository for all data with full integration of data between CRM, ERP and PLM – a benefit that yields many positive business benefits for the company.
Other improvements have come since streamlining ITAR/EAR compliance. Aras Innovator automatically generates standardized reports tracking required product data in a compliant format, meeting reporting mandates.
The most significant driver for a new PLM approach was to unify data once stored and managed in multiple systems across the organization.