PDM and PTC Creo Transform a Power Giant

Zaporizhia (that’s Запоро́жье in Cyrillic) is an industrial center in the Ukraine.  Built on the banks of the Dnieper River, the city (whose name means “beyond the rapids”) is the 6th largest in the country and is fueled by a 1500 MW hydroelectric plant.

In 1947, as the city emerged from WWII, one company began building power transformers to help effectively distribute the electricity from the hydraulic plant—Zaporizhia Transformers. ZTR today still makes the equipment that supports power networks throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States and beyond. With sales in 85 countries, ZTR now provides transformers and electric shunt reactors that provide for and conform to the needs of its customers and their local regulators.

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With all this business in so many countries, you can imagine that there is a lot of variation in the products ZTR delivers. Orders come in for different sizes and classes of product. Some customers need additional fire-fighting systems; others require equipment that can handle their unique seismic and climate conditions.

From the start, ZTR has needed well-managed manufacturing systems to stay on top of it all. But over the past few years, major new projects have demanded more and more efficiency from the company. As such, ZTR recently decided to step up and optimize its production cycle.

That’s where PTC Windchill and PTC Creo products come in. Working with the engineering company Technopolis Ltd, ZTR adopted PTC Windchill PDMLink. This helped ZTR develop a highly automated product development process and integrate part and BOM management between the company’s various manufacturing systems, including ERP.

PTC Windchill also provided seamless interaction with the company’s 3D CAD system, PTC Creo.

The results? The company says its data management efficiency has improved by 25%. Design errors are better addressed, as the approval process is more streamlined and internal collaboration improved. Consequently, product development is now 30% faster.

These outcomes all helped ZTR build an overall solution that has resulted in 2 to 4 times faster release to manufacturing time for the company.

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To find out more about ZTR and its success with PTC Windchill and PTC Creo read the case study.

Images courtesy of ZTR.

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