KLINGER Westad has begun digitally integrating efforts across departments through the adoption of a new PLM (product lifecycle management) system by Siemens Teamcenter®. The company is one of the leading specialists for high-tech butterfly valves in critical applications like LNG, LPG, and chemicals.
With customer satisfaction in mind, KLINGER was determined to ensure a good user experience on both sides of the digital table. When it was time to upgrade the previous CAD system in 2016, Technical Director Øystein Andre Bakkene saw an opportunity. His previous aerospace experience with PLM convinced him that a similar system would meet KLINGER’s engineering needs. He and Ole Petter Christensen, Engineering Manager, began the process of researching systems and meeting suppliers to determine the best product for KLINGER’s development process. Multiple challenges along the way made the timeline stretch farther than originally anticipated, but the team persevered.
As Ole points out, support from the board was essential to make such a long-term project possible: “It’s a change of process that will lead to many improvements along the way.”