Switzerland-based Mammut Sports Group AG is turning to a product lifecycle management (PLM) tool to manage its development processes from initial product design all the way to sourcing, manufacturing and sales.

The company, which designs alpine and trekking equipment, including apparel, footwear and climbing gear, needed to group information related to all its products in one database. It also wanted to replace manual, time-consuming methods for data search and consolidation that left room for error when communicating internally and with external suppliers.

"In the past, product information was dispersed throughout the company," says Josef Lingg, chief supply chain officer.

"Often we needed too much time to track down the latest, most up-to-date data when we needed to negotiate with suppliers, create marketing and technical documentation, or create product specifications for production launch.

"This sometimes generated costly errors and the need for rework due to products that did not comply with the latest design intent."

Dassault Systèmes' Enovia V6 solution "provides us with an opportunity to reduce development cycle time thanks to the fact that designers have easy access to previous product data that they can use for new product design," Lingg adds.

The tool can also improve collaboration since all data resides in the same place and can be accessed by everyone participating in the product definition process.