Ducati motorcycles are regarded as some of the most attractive and powerful in the world. Their intricate Italian design and high performance standards sets them apart from all other machines. They produce approximately 40,000 bikes each year, which are sold in more than 60 countries. Of the 90 engineers that are employed by Ducati, 60 are dedicated solely to design.
Ducati chose a PLM suite from Siemens PLM which included NX (Unigraphics) for design and Teamcenter for their data management. Since implementing this combination, they have reported a reduced development time by more than a year, reporting a reduced design and development cycle time from between 36 to 40 months to just 24 months.
NX has provided a great degree of flexibility for Ducati designers. Synchronous Technology from NX creates a hybrid approach, giving the user full range on deciding how to achieve the final result and providing flexibility in generating 3D models with different methods. Seamless sharing of data throughout the entire cycle supports an integrated approach throughout all processes, which significantly reduces cost and error.
Teamcenter has also provided several benefits which support significantly reduced cycle times. As the need to share model data is increasing, Ducati has experienced even closer collaboration with both the internal development team as well as with external suppliers. Teamcenter allows designers to work in parallel with these external suppliers, eliminating lag time in the cycle. “We couldn't imagine working without Teamcenter,” commented Piero Gusti, IT Manager for R&D at DucatiMotor Holding.
|Ducati uses more that 50+ NX workstations and 250 Teamcenter workstations|
Ease of adoption, a short learning curve, seamless data sharing, and a high degree of data security were some of the other benefits reported by Ducati, in addition to a shorter cycle time. Gusti continued, “In the past, it used to take 6 to 12 months before accessories were marketed. Now they are ready together with the bike, generating significant sales synergies.”
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