Cummins Expands PLM Implementation

Using MatrixOne's product lifecycle management solutions to standardize new product introduction processes

Westford, MA — June 17, 2003 — Engine manufacturer Cummins is expanding its use of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions from MatrixOne to provide a single global environment for engineering and program management across multiple divisions.

Headquartered in Columbus, Ind., Cummins serves its customers through more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations in 131 countries and territories. With 23,700 employees worldwide, Cummins reported sales of $5.9 billion in 2002.

After its initial MatrixOne implementation, Cummins is now applying MatrixOne solutions to standardize processes for new product introduction and engineering change management with the goals of ensuring projects remain on schedule and driving global cost reductions.

For more than 50 years, Cummins has managed engineering design information and standards that are physically located in several locations across the world. By deploying MatrixOne's collaborative PLM solutions, this critical information can now be accessed by Cummins global network of employees, manufacturing plants and suppliers, which the manufacturer is counting on to provide greater overall efficiency, productivity and cost savings.

Cummins is deploying MatrixOne's Engineering Central and Program Central to provide a single global environment for product release and program management across multiple divisions. With this implementation, Cummins is extending its user base to include marketing personnel and program managers, as well as expanding use among designers, engineers and suppliers.

By establishing these standardized processes for global collaboration in the MatrixOne environment, Cummins is looking to realize savings in its "value package introduction" (VPI) process, which aims to ensure that products are delivered on time and on budget.

"Cummins is a recognized visionary in the application of diesel power technology, and the company is now applying that visionary approach to how it develops its products from the earliest stages of design," said Mike Segal, MatrixOne's senior vice president of customer success.

For more information on the PLM market, see the Global Enabled Supply Chain Series article "Product Lifecycle Management" in the October/November 2002 issue of iSource Business.