Agile PLM Accelerates Product Development

Swiss specialist supplier of medical technology deploys Agile PLM software to improve efficiency and optimize product development processes across the organization

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Medela AG, Baar/Swiss, has deployed Agile PLM from Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL), a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, in order to optimize their product development processes and speed up the development of new and innovative products. With the Agile PLM software, the international manufacturer of medical equipment intends to supply easily accessible, uniform product information to all development locations.

Medela AG specializes in the development and sale of high-quality medical equipment and products for breastfeeding, the treatment of jaundice and medical suction technology.

"Our development department will primarily use Agile's PLM solution to process all design documents from the development phase to production release. The data will then be switched over to the ERP system," explains Patrik Bosshard, Medela vice president of operations. "Our technical product support department will then refer to this data in case changes occur during the production phase. With the multitude of products that we offer, the flow of product information is continually growing. Thanks to the introduction of the Agile PLM solution at our headquarters, we have succeeded in optimizing processes so that we have been able to launch products on the market faster."

The decision to purchase Agile's PLM solution was preceded by an intensive evaluation of various systems and suppliers. During the evaluation process, it was determined that Agile offered the best PLM solution for this medium-sized medical device manufacturer. A considerable deciding factor was the comprehensive list of references with similar requirements that Agile provided.

The Agile PLM solution optimizes the development flow due to the improved data availability and the linking of items, parts lists and documents. All product record information that arises during planning, design, production, sales and further development is clearly available. This makes it possible to smoothly connect the design phase with the subsequent product cycle. For Medela AG, this will mean improved efficiency in production as well as cost reductions and time gains for administration. The Agile PLM solution is currently deployed at the company's headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, and they expect to expand their deployment to provide product data information to their U.S. subsidiary.

"Agile has a long history of providing PLM solutions to medical device manufacturers," said James Aufdemberge, senior vice president, European field operations. "We are pleased that Medela, a leader in medical device equipment, is already seeing improvements in its product development processes with the Agile solution. We look forward to continuing our work together."

Medela AG

As a leading international supplier, the family-owned and operated Medela AG develops, produces, and sells medical equipment and products for breastfeeding, the treatment of jaundice and medical suction technology. Medela concentrates on providing customers with research-based innovations. From its company headquarters in Switzerland, Medela AG supplies twelve subsidiaries in North America, Europe, and Japan, as well as sales offices and dealerships in an additional 90 countries. For more information, please visit

About Agile Software Corporation

Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL) helps companies drive profits, accelerate innovation, improve quality, enable globalization and ensure regulatory compliance throughout the product lifecycle. With a broad suite of enterprise class PLM solutions and time-to-value focused implementations, Agile helps companies get the most from their products. 3COM, Acer, Bayer, Broadcom, CooperVision, Dell Inc., Flextronics International, Foxconn, GE Medical Systems, Harris, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Diversey, Lockheed Martin, McAfee, McDonald's, Micron, Philips, QUALCOMM, Sharp, Shell, Siemens and ZF are among the over 11,000 customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer packaged goods, electronics, high tech, industrial products, and life sciences industries that have licensed Agile solutions. For more information, call 408-284-4000 or visit

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