Advanced electronics maker Alps Alpine, formed in 2019 as a result of a merger between Alps Electric and Alpine Electronics, produces capacitive sensors and force feedback generators among other technologies to cater to all kinds of user interfaces employed in the automotive industry as well as the industrial equipment, healthcare and high-tech sectors. Th company sought to increase its responsiveness to the dynamics of the mobility and high-tech industries, and to do so, it needed a single platform to better integrate its electronics, systems and software development. It also wanted to consolidate its knowledge base to create unique customer experiences.
Alps Alpine adopted the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to integrate its diverse engineering teams, starting with its mechanical design business processes. With the platform, the company has a single digital environment to manage and securely share information company-wide across the globe.
“Product development is becoming more complex every year, resulting in an increased workload,” said Shinobu Kida, senior manager of the Structural Engineering department at Alps Alpine. “Under these conditions, the 3DEXPERIENCE platform is helping to smooth the workflow by allowing us to take the RFLP (Requirements – Functional – Logical – Physical) approach. Enhanced search functions enable us to find the information we need as well as share ideas for design improvement. We can also implement AI based on past knowledge. “The reason we chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform was that we had previously performed a variety of measures to improve the efficiency of design, and the many resulting databases were a burden on designers,” Kida said. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform was perfect for a major transformation to support our bigger vision rather than simply making incremental improvements.”
Alps Alpine is using ENOVIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to better serve and collaborate with its global customers. Designers, engineers and product managers are all connected via one single system, able to see a consolidated view of the product that can be securely shared with external parties. This shared environment allows the company to capture and enforce customer, regulatory and market-driven standards and help ensure unified requirements management and traceability.
Today, all requirements are easily collected, managed, understood and fulfilled throughout the design, implementation and final testing stages. The result: everybody across the entire value chain has access to error-free, structured data, helping to speed up product development and facilitate concurrent engineering.
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