Actify Inc., the global leader in digital design communication solutions, announced today that GETRAG Getriebe- und Zahnradfabrik Hermann Hagenmeyer GmbH & Cie KG, one of the largest system suppliers for transmission and drive train systems worldwide, implements the visualization solution SpinFire Publisher and SpinFire Professional in its headquarters in Untergruppenbach, Germany, making 3D Engineering data accessible to all its employees.
As 3D models carry a lot more information than 2D drawings, the SpinFire solution was implemented with the aim to make 3D Engineering data accessible throughout the entire engineering process, using the companywide Digital Document Archive solution from GETRAG. Currently, approximately 180 designers have direct access to a CAD system — compared to 1,800 employees from other departments that are also involved in the engineering process and therefore also need access to the 3D Engineering data, which is now possible with the Actify solution.
Infotech Enterprises GmbH, a leading provider of digital design communication solutions and one of Actify’s leading reseller partners has supported GETRAG in the execution of this project. The implementation consists of a fully automated process to export data from the CAD system ProEngineer(TM), used by GETRAG, then converting the native CAD data into Actify’s visualization .3D format using SpinFire Publisher, and then exporting the data to Getrag’s Digital Document Archive solution. This way, all employees in Untergruppenbach can now access intelligent 3D data without the need of having a CAD system installed on their computer by using SpinFire Professional as the viewing and review tool.
This considerably enhances collaboration within the GETRAG Corporate Group as well as with customers and suppliers. Using SpinFire’s .3D, data can easily be communicated and used in a multi-CAD, multi-format environment without requiring a CAD system, or CAD knowledge. The Actify .3D format significantly contributes to the protection of the intellectual property as native CAD files are no longer provided in their original format. Thus, they are protected against inadvertent or unauthorized changes. SpinFire Professional is used in all departments at GETRAG, from design, development, prototyping and purchasing to manufacturing, supervising and sales.
Hartmut Rebmann, Project Leader at GETRAG says, “Right from the beginning, the project found great acceptance among all parties involved. Through this, the Engineering process will change considerably, be more secure and much faster.”
“The benefits that GETRAG will realize from standardizing on Actify’s SpinFire Solution will be measured in process improvements and customer satisfaction,” said Chris Jones, President of Actify, Inc. “With the Actify solution now implemented and with the support from Infotech Enterprises, not only will GETRAG realize considerable cost savings and productivity gains, but they will now have a streamlined method of communicating their Engineering data across the company,” Jones concluded.
Currently, SpinFire is installed on all computers in Untergruppenbach, Germany. In the upcoming year, with the assistance of Infotech Enterprises, the project will be rolled out throughout Europe to standardize the data visualization process at GETRAG.
GETRAG Corporate Group is the largest independent automotive transmission manufacturer worldwide with approximately 13,600 employees at 25 locations. The company’s headquarters is in Untergruppenbach, Germany. The Group develops technical solutions for the automotive industry, featuring a wide product range of transmission systems and power train components for passenger cars, SUVs, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles. In 2007 the Group reached a turnover of around 2.6 billion euros.
About Infotech Enterprises GmbH
Infotech Enterprises is a leading provider of Engineering Services and offers CAD visualization and digital design communication solutions. Infotech Enterprises is the largest partner of the leading software producer Actify Inc. worldwide. Actify SpinFire suite of products is a highly functional and intuitive data visualization and communication solution to view CAD data. It offers highest scalability at lowest investment costs for companies in the automotive, technology, automation and manufacturing industry, as well as their suppliers worldwide.
About Actify Inc.
Actify Inc. is a privately held, award-winning global leader of digital design communication solutions with customer companies throughout the automotive, aerospace, industrial automation, and discrete manufacturing industries. The Actify Suite of Products is sold through authorized distributors and Value Added Resellers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Actify is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information please visit www.actify.com or call 415.227.3800.