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Manitou Group enters partnership to standardize design processes

By Ashleigh Petersen

April 2, 2023

Manitou Group enters partnership

Julien Waechter, vice president R&D, Manitou Group; Jean-Marie Saint-Paul, CEO, Siemens Digital Industries Software France; and Maurizio Achilli, vice president sourcing, Manitou Group

Manitou Group, Ancenis, France, has teamed up with Siemens Digital Industries Software, Plano, Texas, to develop a global solution for managing the lifecycle of its products. As part of the group’s digital transformation, the implementation of this tool aims to standardize its design processes. 

Manitou Group has chosen Teamcenter® software for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) from the Siemens Xcelerator portfolio of software and services. Dedicated in particular to the management of the machine database, the elements linked to the various components and their nomenclature, Teamcenter will be implemented to streamline and simplify product design on all of the Group’s 10 production sites in the United States, India, Italy and France. In addition to this innovative tool, Siemens’ NXTM software for product engineering has been chosen as the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) tool. 

“This major investment will allow us to modernize our tools, particularly through virtual reality, to enhance our performance and to achieve the same design across several sites without having to rework the data,” said Julien Waechter, vice president R&D, Manitou Group. “In practice, we will have unique data for each product for all Group employees. The advantage of the Siemens solution is also its ability to connect to our existing tools, including our ERP. Siemens’ reputation and the expertise of the support teams convinced us that we were making the right decision.” 

By implementing this global solution, the group will be able to optimize the time spent on its product development, while working on a single tool that allows the entire product life cycle to be centralized, the company says. This change will impact 1,600 users. They primarily work in the design and R&D offices, in the methods, technical documentation and after-sales departments, and in the marketing teams, and will be given training within the group over the next three years. 

The first stage of this implementation, up to 2024, concerns definition of the core model and preparation for deployment. The group’s goal is to implement the solution in the United States by the end of 2024, with roll-out in Europe and India estimated for 2025.