Implementing Sovelia PLM brings quality and control at Fortaco


Making everyday work easier, from design to customer delivery and after-sales activities as the main drivers in choosing Sovelia.

Fortaco faced a big challenge at the start of the collaboration with Linkker. The companies needed to harmonize their software, improve the cost-effectiveness of the business, get a reasonable return on investment and ensure that the system solution can be adapted to changes in the future business.

Objectives were defined from the employees’ perspective: user-friendliness, versatility and simpler and more productive processes. The aim was to make everyday work easier, from design to customer delivery and after-sales activities. As a result, the Sovelia PLM system was selected with Symetri Oy as the supplier.

PLM brings quality and control

The typical challenges facing machinery and equipment manufacturers relate to productivity, quality and delivery time. Product data management is time-consuming and costly, and for the business to be profitable this has to be minimised. The project was divided into several stages. The first was item and product structure management and integration with the SolidWorks CAD and SAP ERP systems. This established a solid foundation for product design and communication with production. The second stage was the implementation of support for the sales and the order processes.

“The implementation and extension of Sovelia were done in stages, as the aim was to ensure the functionality of the system and create a solid basis on which to build more functionality. This also ensured that the business can continue normally during the project and that there will not be unnecessary stops,” tells Jani Erkkilä, Project Manager at Fortaco.

There was a huge improvement in the user experience, and now there are about 70 external users from Fortaco's client companies. Erkkilä thinks this was influenced by good preparation as well as implementing Sovelia PLM-system through Template-models.

Although almost every business environment is unique, Template-models help to ensure the functionality of the system, because the processes have been tested previously in several other projects, in different environments and with different customers, says Mikko Viertola, Business Director Product Design & Lifecycle at Symetri.

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