WALTHAM, MA -- (INTERNET WIRE) -- 04/01/2003 -- Eigner, a leading developer of precision product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Hartzell Propeller, the world’s leading manufacturer of propeller systems, has completed the first phase of its Eigner PLM implementation.
Hartzell Propeller designs, develops, tests, manufactures and supports constant-speed aluminum and composite propeller systems for the aviation industry worldwide. Founded in 1917 to work with the Wright Aircraft Company in nearby Dayton, Ohio, Hartzell currently supports more than 250,000 propeller systems in service today.
As part of an initiative to further increase engineering capacity, improve performance against key engineering metrics and lower corporate costs, Hartzell sought a PLM solution that would better manage the company’s engineering processes and large volumes of product information. Hartzell’s specific ROI calculations were based on reducing waste in the research phase (due to prolific and disassociated data), reducing paper handling and distribution costs, streamlining its change management process and improving customer service.
During the deployment period, Eigner and Hartzell integrated 15,000 part numbers, all bill of material relationships, and all CAD files. Hartzell now enjoys full associativity and electronic viewing of these records. Additionally, Eigner and Hartzell implemented a new electronic engineering change system to manage critical intellectual property to standardize FAA approved change processes. The solution provides for the full participation of the company’s Change Management Board and for “fast-path” changes of lower significance. A given path is selected automatically according to the nature of the change request. Hartzell developed new product-classification schemes as part of the implementation. Engineers can now easily leverage existing designs, avoiding costs associated with duplicate design activities.
“We chose Eigner based on its reputation for having an effective solution that has delivered measurable success to a broad array of customers. We felt that Eigner had the product, the implementation services and the expertise to help us get impact quickly with our PLM investment,” said Joe Brown, co-president of Hartzell Propeller. “Eigner’s balance between technology and engineering know-how has delivered -- in six months, on budget and as disclosed -- a solution that will increase our engineering capacity, improve critical business metrics and reduce costs. The Eigner team has earned my full respect by delivering what was promised. I’ll take a business partner like that anytime.”
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About Hartzell Propeller
Hartzell Propeller Inc. is the world’s leading manufacturer of propeller systems, well known for its advanced engineering and manufacturing capabilities. The company is rich in aviation heritage tracing its beginnings to relationships with Orville Wright and Glenn Curtiss. Significant technical innovations include the industry’s first full-feathering propeller for light twins, the first fully reversing propellers for corporate turboprops and the industry’s first composite structure blades. Hartzell was recently selected by NASA as the exclusive propeller partner for its General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program - developing the next generation of general aviation propulsion systems.
Eigner is a provider of precision product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions that integrate product engineering activities throughout the life of a product. Eigner solutions generate operational improvement across the entire product lifecycle, enabling manufacturers to manage customer and marketing requirements, focus on innovative product design, participate in collaborative development, ensure precision manufacture of quality complex products, and better manage product maintenance and service. Founded in 1985, Eigner’s customers operate worldwide in a wide range of markets, including aerospace and defense, automotive and transportation, high tech, machinery, medical and heavy equipment. With headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts, and Karlsruhe, Germany, Eigner operates worldwide through branch offices and subsidiaries in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Benelux, Italy, France, the United Kingdom and North America.