PTC, the Product Development Company, has released that Piaggio & C. S.p.A. (Italy), one of the worlds leading manufacturers of motor-cycles and scooters, has selected the PTC Product Development System (PDS) as its standard solution for product development for all Piaggio brands including Piaggio, Vespa, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia and Derbi. Pro/ENGINEER will become the single CAD/CAM/CAE solution for the entire product design at Piaggio group, replacing the current multi-CAD environment. In addition all the company’s divisions will move from Pro/INTRALINK to Windchill PDMLink to provide a single, Web-based product development platform for the extended enterprise, consisting of all Piaggio brands and the supply chain to better manage its product development information. The implementation is being supported by PTC’s global services organisation to ensure that Piaggio’s unique product development methodology is rolled out consistently to all divisions.
Piaggio strives to develop high-performance environmentally friendly engines and constantly improve vehicle safety and features without compromising design, creativity and quality. Another key objective for Piaggio is to maximise the reusability of components to help speed time-to-market and lower development cost. The PTC Product Development System empowers Piaggio in achieving these objectives by enabling effective and fast collaboration and information sharing among research & development centres located in Italy, Spain, India and China with more than 700 engineers.
According to Piaggio group, for it the research and development is of strategic importance to ensure our future growth by developing high-tech driven products such as our current initiative on vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The PTC Product Development System supports its corporate policy of structured processes which ensure continuous improvements through simultaneous global engineering. By standardising on a market-leading technology, Piaggio group is strengthening its competitive position in the two wheel vehicle market, where speed and flexibility are essential for success.
Piaggio Group has been a PTC customer since 1999 deploying Pro/ENGINEER following a comprehensive technical benchmark. The integrated CAD/CAE/CAM solution is used for engine, body and chassis design. PTC technology has contributed substantially to reductions in internal review times, overall time to market and improved concurrent engineering. Based on this success, the Piaggio Group is now standardizing on PTC CAD solutions and adopting Windchill PDMLink for better information management with a logical product structure between the global Piaggio teams and its supply chain enabling smooth information exchange between heterogeneous CAD systems.
According to PTC, in an increasingly competitive and complex environment like the automotive industry, it is important for Piaggio group customers to apply efficient development processes, which help them optimise their costs and speed time to market in order to enhance their position in the industry. PTC’s product development system enables Piaggio Group to quickly anticipate customer needs and create products, which are innovative, stylish and technically sophisticated.