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Industrial machinery and equipment

TMC Cancela
Agricultural machinery manufacturer uses NX and Teamcenter to quickly respond to market demand

Product NX, Teamcenter Business challenges Improve time-to-market Quickly adapt to market demands Increase productivity Ensure traceability of data Offer high value-added products Keys to success Utilize flexibility enabled by integration/synchronization of NX and Teamcenter Adjust processes to PLM best practices Use unique codes for all parts in all processes and departments Results Responded more quickly to market demand Significantly increased productivity Enhanced traceability and integration of data Reduced product development time Increased effectiveness and control of all processes

TMC Cancela significantly increases productivity


Taking advantage of trustworthy tools TMC Cancela is based in Galicia, Spain, and designs and manufactures agricultural and forestland machinery, such as mowers and shredders. Founded in 1971 to provide customized and repair services to local farmers, TMC Cancela is currently leading its sector in Spain with sales growing over 20 percent annually. We are committed to provide high valueadded products based on design, quality and the pursuit of excellence, says J. David Sears, head of design at TMC Cancela.

The company employs fifty people, and is planning to expand to meet the growing international demand for its products. TMC Cancela products are sold in most of Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America and Africa. It is expected that, in 2013, exports will account for nearly 50 percent of the companys total revenue. Key factors in the companys success include its vibrant and creative staff, extensive industry experience, a willingness to continuously adapt to consumer demands and a strong focus on research and development (R&D), which the company dedicates 12 percent of revenue annually.

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We have a lot of talent and creativity at our disposal in the technical and R&D department, but that talent would be useless without trustworthy tools like NX and Teamcenter.
J. David Sears Head of Design TMC Cancela

Another reason that we selected NX was because it was produced by Siemens PLM Software, a renowned multinational company. This gives you a great sense of security, because you know the company wont disappear, youll have strong technical support and you know big companies around the world are committed to Siemens PLM Software. J. David Sears Head of Design TMC Cancela

We design and develop our products without outsourcing anything, says Sears. Our technical and R&D departments are the brain and soul of the company. The communication between different departments, suppliers and customers is, with the support of good software, a key factor to be productive and avoid downtime. Since 2010, that good software has included NX software and Teamcenter software from product lifecycle management (PLM) specialist Siemens PLM Software. We have a lot of talent and creativity at our disposal in the technical and R&D department, but that talent would be useless without trustworthy tools like NX and Teamcenter, says Sears. Gaining an edge with 3D design In 2010, TMC Cancela decided to implement 3D computer-aided design (CAD)

software. Until that time, we worked with a 2D system, says Sears. To manufacture a prototype, we needed months to play with templates, and a lot of materials and working hours were wasted. After spending several months analyzing 3D CAD tools and collecting user experiences from several companies, TMC Cancela selected NX. We thought NX was a good value and we liked the fact that NX was highly configurable and modular software, able to grow and improve along with the company, says Sears. Another reason that we selected NX was because it was produced by Siemens PLM Software, a renowned multinational company. This gives you a great sense of security, because you know the company wont disappear, youll have strong technical support and you know big companies around the world are committed to Siemens PLM Software.

In just one week, TMC Cancela implemented NX with the support and training of Avantek, a partner of Siemens PLM Software. Despite having never worked with 3D software, the staff quickly adapted due to the usability of the tool, and as a result, the improvements quickly became obvious, says Sears. By changing from 2D to 3D, we noticed a drastic improvement in the speed of response, prototyping and management of the technical documentation. To say that we improved production by 100 percent with NX would be an understatement. Thanks to 3D design, our prototypes have become far more polished; much more like the finished machines that we have in mind, says Nicols Pichel, head of engineering at TMC Cancela. With NX, we have the agility to design and make modifications that allow us to market more new products and be highly flexible in our relations with our customers; if they ask us for a particular model or customization, we can respond very quickly. Using Teamcenter to improve productivity With the successful implementation of NX, TMC Cancela decided to take another step forward to improve its processes by adopting a complete PLM solution. The Teamcenter implementation took about three months and included a review of previous procedures. We decided on Teamcenter because it seamlessly communicates directly and in

To say that we improved production by 100 percent with NX would be an understatement.


J. David Sears Head of Design TMC Cancela real time with NX, and because we had very good references on it from other companies, says Sears. We also decided that Teamcenter would be the starting point for the whole companys way of working. We started using it for coding items for all processes and departments. This proved to be a major improvement because today, we enjoy higher levels of order, quality, flexibility and agility, without duplications or redundancies through the organization. Sears says the decision to adjust the companys processes to the specific customization tools within Teamcenter was critical to the projects success: If a company is tempted to tailor Teamcenter too much to its traditional ways of working, it risks repeating the same mistakes it had been making. Instead, it is worth making an effort to adapt to the predefined features of the new tool. In our case, this resulted in a great improvement in productivity.

Using NX to increase operational efficiency TMC Cancela uses five NX modules modeling, sheet metal, assembly, drawing and simulation for designing, dimensioning, manufacturing assemblies and managing technical documentation, such as assembly, parts and manufacturing drawings handbooks. Sears points out that in relation to other design software, NX is very suited to manage mechanical parts catalogs, especially because of its perfect integration and synchronization with Teamcenter. Sears particularly appreciates the stability and flexibility of NX: The management of multi-level assemblies is very easy, because you just need to cut and paste. Users can design their pieces at their own pace without worrying about technical procedures or a preconceived structure. It is also very easy to use. The environment is very clean, intuitive and easily customizable. Ultimately, the stability, flexibility and user-friendly features of NX resulted in significant operational efficiency. Managing with agility The Teamcenter solution is used at TMC Cancela for document management in the design and production launch areas. PLM has played a very important role for us, says Pichel. We have a large range of models, with many variations within each. Bringing a document management system for each model with an independent product lifecycle gives us great agility when managing items such as spare parts and all after-sales activities. Pichel notes that Teamcenter enables users to quickly access information of any part or item in relation to the design, the production launch and the changes or validations. Therefore, information can be easily traced, which is crucial to effective quality control. He notes, It is very easy to search for any part thanks to the large number of customizable filters. When going from an existing design to a new design, Teamcenter gives us a lot of flexibility to make changes, and review and save assemblies and parts, with no linking problems, adds Picehl. With Teamcenter, it is easy to handle both large and small assemblies. He notes, Teamcenter is also an exceptionally usable tool, because it delivers a very simple environment to work in. Getting a new product to market before your competitors is essential, because they have probably detected the same needs in the market as you have. Therefore, it is necessary to speed up the product development process as much as possible, and that is something that the Siemens PLM Software solutions allow us to do very well. J. David Sears Head of Design TMC Cancela

Solutions/Services NX www.siemens.com/nx Teamcenter www.siemens.com/teamcenter Customers primary business TMC Cancela designs, develops and manufactures agricultural and forestland machinery, such as mowers and shredders. Founded in 1971 to provide customized and repair services to local farmers, TMC Cancela has grown into a major manufacturer, with customers and dealers all over the world. www.tmccancela.com Customer location Galicia Spain Partner Avantek

When going from an existing design to a new design, Teamcenter gives us a lot of exibility to make changes, and review and save assemblies and parts, with no linking problems.
Nicols Pichel Head of Engineering TMC Cancela Getting to market faster Three years after implementing Siemens PLM Software technology, TMC Cancela is clearly enjoying the results. For that reason, the company plans to update NX and Teamcenter and acquire new licenses. Other projects in the works include connecting Teamcenter to its enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and expanding the use of this solution to the purchasing, production and after-sales departments.

Getting a new product to market before your competitors is essential, because they have probably detected the same needs in the market as you have, says Sears. Therefore, it is necessary to speed up the product development process as much as possible, and that is something that the Siemens PLM Software solutions allow us to do very well.

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