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Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited
Accelerating collaborative data management with Teamcenter 
  
The Client
Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL), now a 50-50 industrial joint venture between Fiat Group Automobiles S.p.A. and Tata Motors Limited, was originally incorporated as a company on January 2, 1997. Fiat owns and controls five internationally renowned brands: Fiat Automobiles, Alfa Romeo Automobiles, Lancia Automobiles, Abarth and Fiat Light Commercial Vehicles. 
 
Tata Motors Limited, the other partner to the joint venture, is India’s largest automobile company, with revenues of 8.8 billion in 2007-08. It is the leader in commercial vehicles for compact, midsize car and utility vehicle and among the top three in passenger vehicles, Tata Motors is the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer, and the world’s second largest bus manufacturer.
 
The state-of-the-art Fiat facility at Ranjangaon, India, has an installed capacity to produce 100,000 cars and 200,000 engines, besides aggregates and components. The company plans to double the production capacity for both car units and engines within a few years of the new plant’s opening. Fiat leverages the facility’s vast resources to manufacture the Palio Stile 1.1 and 1.6 models, as well as premium cars such as the Grande Punto and Linea. 
 
The Challenge
Fiat India Automobiles Private Limited (FIAPL) was taking its production capabilities to the next level by building an enormous, cutting-edge manufacturing facility in Ranjangaon, India. The massive plant was set to provide direct and indirect employment for more than 4,000 people. Apart from Fiat cars, the facility was designed to produce Tata Motors passenger and next-generation cars with a total investment exceeding 650 million euros. 
 
With the enormous complexity of the operations both at the Ranjangaon plant and other connected locations, FIAPL needed a better way to collaborate and share data between its design and manufacturing teams.
 
FIAPL used Teamcenter Automotive Edition (TcAE) as its primary data management and product lifecycle management (PLM) solution in the Ranjangaon plant. The automaker determined that in order to overcome barriers to collaboration brought about by operating in disparate locations, it needed to standardize and enhance TcAE usage at all production sites.  
 
The Solutions 
FIAPL called on Tata Technologies to align its TcAE solutions with its manufacturing objectives, and to improve its staff’s TcAE usage methods for better collaboration.  
 
After careful analysis of the design and manufacturing processes and technologies used by FIAPL, Tata Technologies devised a solution to allow collaborative management of NX CAD files in Teamcenter. Through multi-site Teamcenter configuration, Tata Technologies extended this capability to FIAPL’s other locations for complete enterprise connectivity.
 
Tata Technologies provided FIAPL with a wide range of valuable services during the PLM project, including:
 
• Configuration of Teamcenter at multiple sites for seamless interaction with NX and Oracle platforms
• Installation of Teamcenter in the client’s Windows systems
• Definition of a new query builder and importation of the Fiat query builder to enable searches by Fiat part number
• Implementation of business rules and maintenance
• Creation of revision rules according to Fiat methodology
• Importation of product data from different Fiat car models 
 
The Immediate Benefits  
Immediately following the successful multi-site TcAE configuration, FIAPL workers began effectively managing data across all connected locations in real time while maintaining the central control and release system.
 
The linked databases ensured that every employee from the design room to the manufacturing shop floor was using updated, accurate product data. This streamlined exchange of critical information led to widespread collaboration during production of both Fiat and Tata Motors vehicles. 
 
The Long-term Benefits  
The Teamcenter PLM solution increased FIAPL’s productivity and brought greater efficiency to its manufacturing processes. FIAPL design engineers easily modify and improve products in Teamcenter, which results in much faster time to market. 
 
Further long-term benefits include:
• Improved global collaboration between FIAPL design and manufacturing teams
• Reduced product development costs due to reuse of product data
• Enhanced data management capabilities with Teamcenter’s dynamic product information databases
• Greater visibility over manufacturing activities, leading to better decision-making 
 
Why Tata Technologies?  
Tata Technologies has years of experience in selling, implementing and supporting Teamcenter PLM solutions for the world’s top automotive manufacturers, as well as a strong partnership with Siemens PLM.
 
In addition, Tata Motors is a long-time partner to Tata Technologies. The automaker has leveraged this beneficial relationship on many occasions to ensure that it maintains its competitive edge among its highly regarded peers.   
 
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At a glance:

The Client

Automotive manufacturer with five internationally renowned brands
 
The Challenge
• Enhance data-sharing capabilities between design and manufacturing teams
• Streamline NX CAD data management across disparate production plants
• Implement a new data management solution without adverse impacts to productivity
  
 
Solutions
• Configuration of Teamcenter at multiple sites 
• Installation of Teamcenter in client’s Windows systems
• Definition of a new query builder and importation of client’s query builder 
• Implementation of business rules and maintenance
• Creation of revision rules according to client’s methodology
• Importation of product data from different car models
 
 
Benefits  
• Improved global collaboration between client’s design and manufacturing teams
• Reduced product development costs due to reuse of product data
• Enhanced data management capabilities
• Greater visibility over manufacturing activities, leading to better decision-making