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Collaboration Drives Ultra-Fast Order Turnaround and Reduces Man-Power by 90% for Die and Mold Company by Using XVL from Lattice Technology
Overview
Located in Niigata City, Japan, TSUBAMEX Co., Ltd. designs and manufactures dies and molds for industries such as vehicle manufacturing, home appliances, farm machinery and architecture. They specialize in rapidly turning around custom designs for their manufacturing customers.

In order to provide ultra-fast turnaround, Tsubamex implemented a collaborative production process that includes all functional areas in the company — from sales to finishing. At the center of the collaboration is the Enterprise Information Portal (EIP) containing all of the information about a customer’s order and the parts to be manufactured. The EIP is powered by Lattice Technology’s XVL-based solutions, allowing anyone to easily access an accurate 3D model of the parts and the associated data — using even light-weight devices like Apple® iPads®.

XVL contains both the CAD model and associated information like work instructions and the manufacturing bill of materials. For the CAD model, is it an ultra-lightweight format (usually 1/10 of 1% of the original CAD model size) and continues to maintain CAD level accuracy. Size is important because it directly impacts the speed of access. Accuracy is important for making decisions. XVL can be accessed by internal and external stakeholders with a number of options including Microsoft® Excel®, interactive web pages, an iPad® app, 3D PDF, or the Lattice3D Player™ app – all free. Eighty percent of their 120 employees use the portal to complete their job, creating an efficient collaboration environment for ensuring a quality product is produced efficiently and delivered with industry-leading speed.



Business Challenge
Onshore die providers have been supporting Japanese manufacturing industries for many years. However, many die manufactures are now experiencing increasing cost competition from offshore providers. To remain competitive, Tsubamex must quickly deliver accurate, high quality custom orders to their customers. Tsubamex’s customers are under constant time-to-market pressure, which means Tsubamex must optimize their die and mold manufacturing with investments in technology and business processes that help them deliver quality products quickly.

Business Objective
To improve their competitiveness, Tsubamex decided to focus on speeding the completion of customer orders. To achieve rapid delivery of high quality, custom die and mold products, Tsubamex implemented a collaborative environment that enabled all stakeholders to work together seamlessly. Stakeholders included employees (CAM programmers, designers, machine operators, sales and finishing staff) along with sub-contractors and customers.

Tsubamex’s primary goals were to deliver completed orders to the customer in one month after receiving the order and to reduce man hours needed to produce a die or mold by 90%. In order to achieve those goals, they needed to increase productivity by 10 times. Meeting these goals would ensure that Tsubamex could provide ultra-short delivery to their customers, giving them a strong weapon in competing with die companies in offshore countries.
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Published 2016-04-25 00:00:00