keytech PLM

A Powerful PLM System
That Keeps all Paths Open for You.

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PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT


The Full Perspective on all Relevant Product Data

The More Specific the Better


Your Product at focus

During the development of a new product, many people, departments, tasks and processes are linked both internally and externally. Everything that happens in this phase of the product life cycle has an influence on the success of this product.

The documentation of the development process and the exact recording of all important data within the production determine the success. This is exactly why it is extremely important to integrate a versatile product lifecycle management system into the process. This not only creates the possibility to capture all product relevant information in a structured way in a digital product file, but also creates the basis to integrate further relevant information systems in a holistic product lifecycle management concept. keytech PLM as a central solution component provides the full perspective on all relevant product data.

We know the requirements of the product development process exactly. That is why keytech PLM supports product developers, designers and engineers from the first idea through the entire process chain to the end of the product life cycle.

We are less oriented on theoretical definitions or delimitations of the term PLM but concentrate on the secure integration of all important processes and procedures and the relief of the users, so that they have more time for their essential tasks.

Our software provides a comprehensive portfolio for product lifecycle management. Users increase profitability and productivity in every single phase of the product lifecycle through the efficient and intuitive integration of their CAD and CAM systems. Despite the diversity of information, the presentation of the content always remains transparent and convinces with a well thought-out structure.

With our self-developed product lifecycle software, our customers accompany and optimize the entire life cycle of a product. All product-relevant data and documents are managed in an audit-proof manner and their workflows are actively controlled and supported. All information about the development phases is always available to all involved departments in an up-to-date manner.

With keytech you create an easy entry into a powerful PLM system that keeps all options open for you.

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Interfaces


Flexible Integrations to CAD, ERP & Co.

Seamless interfaces to a variety of authoring systems, such as CAD systems, product configurators and the Microsoft Office products, and smooth communication with other information systems, such as the ERP system, are still of particular importance in the context of an integrated PLM concept.

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Our interfaces serve as a smart connection between the individual applications and enable a smooth integration of already existing systems in your company.

Like for example: MultiCAD, M-CAD & E-CAD, ERP systems, CAM systems, product configurators.

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keytech PLM Features


In the end, the life cycle of a product can also be considered a long and complex process. With keytech PLM you can easily visualize, control and partially automate every relevant process of the product lifecycle in the system. From your individual release and change management, to recursive status changes in the CAD context, to the documentation of the respective process steps, keytech PLM is ideally designed to support your workflow.

With the keytech workflow engine, we integrate the ISO standard BPMN 2.0 into your product lifecycle management. 

  • Change and release management adapted to your company
  • Support of your individual working methods
  • Reliable and transparent documentation of processes
  • BPMN with the keytech workflow engine

Bills of material are of particular importance in the interaction between product development, manufacturing and the commercial departments. A future-oriented PLM system must therefore be able to derive and manage ERP-compliant bills of materials from CAD. In keytech PLM the BOMs derived from the CAD can be easily edited and mechatronic BOMs can be transferred to the ERP or exported to neutral data formats such as XLSX, CSV, PDF, HTML. 

  • Automatic derivation of item-based ERP-compliant bills of material based on CAD assemblies
  • Creation and management of structure, modular and quantity bills of material
  • Processing of the bills of material in keytech (e.g. adding of non CAD elements, further bills of material attributes, ...)
  • Support of real mechatronic bills of material with components from M-CAD and E-CAD
  • Export to various file formats e.g. XLSX, CSV, PDF, HTML

In order to bring together all product-relevant information and documents in a central product file, a PLM system must be able to capture the necessary business objects and create the corresponding structures. With the dynamic folders in keytech PLM our customers can achieve exactly this goal. Filing structures can be standardized by file plans or folder templates and meta data can be maintained automatically during filing. Projects and processes can be flexibly integrated into the resulting file structure. 

  • Structured filing of all documents
  • Standardization of filing structures through file plans
  • Automatic keywording during filing
  • Mapping of any business objects
  • Handling of project- and process-related information
  • Process-related email archiving
  • Tasks, task distribution and monitoring as a preliminary stage to keytech planning

The search for geometric similarities of CAD models offers real benefit in strategic parts management. Due to the efficiency and transparency gained, a significant increase in reuse can be achieved and the diversity of parts can be actively reduced.

To make this benefit available to our customers, we have integrated the solutions of our partners in this area into keytech.

  • Search for geometric similarity in keytech
  • Significant increase in reuse and active reduction of part diversity

The classification of the part base is another tool in keytech PLM that allows reducing the part diversity by increasing the reuse. In keytech it is possible to classify items and documents as well as the dynamic folders.

  • Classification of items, documents and folders
  • Freely definable classification tree e.g. eCl@ss
  • Definition of any class dependent attributes
  • Multiple classification

At the latest when a product is released for production, drawings often need to be printed or at least provided in neutral data formats. For this reason, keytech PLM offers various tools and options to automatically create neutral data formats or to transfer complete sets of drawings to a plot management system with minimal effort. 

  • Automated creation of neutral file formats such as PDF, DXF, DWG
  • Pre-definable rules and strategies (business rules) for automatic creation of plot and print jobs
  • Connection of plot management solutions based on market standards e.g. SEAL Systems

Companies are increasingly operating in an increasingly global business world. For more and more of our customers, distributed locations and the global availability of data from the PLM system play an increasingly important role. With our solutions for distributed locations, we enable our customers to provide every user, at every location in the world, with exactly the information they need for their daily work.

  • Solutions for synchronization of distributed file servers
  • Solutions for synchronization of distributed databases
  • Web-Apps and mobile access

keytech Planning


Integrate Project and Work Organization into your Product Lifecycle Management

With our integrated planning tool you integrate project management functions into keytech PLM.

keytech Planning helps to make the communication between management and operational level effective and efficient. By seamlessly integrating project planning with document management, keytech planning always provides full transparency to all parties involved. Project managers can easily distribute tasks with the tool and the feedback from the project team in the form of task status or time bookings can be recorded in the system with minimal effort.

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keytech workflow engine


BPMN Process Management Directly in the PLM System

Due to increasingly complex business processes, the demands on process documentation and management are rising. Today, BPMN 2.0 is without a doubt the gold standard in process management. With the keytech workflow engine we integrate BPMN into PLM & DMS.

Using our integrated BPMN workflow engine, process owners can graphically design and document workflows. The "finished" processes can be easily implemented in keytech. Employees can be optimally integrated and processes can be analyzed and further optimized.

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Overcoming Corporate Boundaries


Value chains today do not end at your own company gate. Suppliers, partners and customers often need to be integrated into the process and even their own employees want to access information in keytech PLM outside of their own company network.

keytech portal

In order to effectively control the product lifecycle in an interdependent network of external actors, a simple way must be found to make documents available to the relevant parties simply and securely and to document corresponding processes cleanly and with minimum effort.

With keytech portal we offer you a tool to achieve this goal in your keytech solution.

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Apps & Mobile

Regarding internal employees as well, the central task is more and more often to make PLM data available to the corresponding teams on a cross-platform and mobile basis. With our apps based on innovative web technology, our customers can master this challenge.

From a browser research tool to a Windows app optimized for tablets, we offer a variety of applications optimized for specific use cases.

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Windows 10 Compatible


keytech PLM & DMS is supported on the following editions of Windows 10 - Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise. keytech PLM & DMS supports the standard maintenance options of Windows 10 - including Current Branch and Current Branch for Business.

PLM Advantages


Advantages for you and your company

 

  • Innovation: Improves development performance as the design team has more time for the actual development tasks.
  • Cost Reduction: The company-wide provision of all product information enables fast and cost-effective product development.
  • Increase in Productivity: Finding instead of searching! More time for productive activities through constant presence of all relevant information.
  • Process Reliability: The controlled workflow gives team members in production, purchasing, marketing and other departments early access to current product data.
  • Quality Improvement: Controlled access to data avoids errors.
  • Revision Security: No unintentional overwriting of protectable files. The entire history of an initiated change is logged.
  • Speed: A geometric search, extensive features for the use of variants and a powerful database architecture save time during design.
  • Security: Software "Made in Germany", tailored to user requirements.
  • Time-to-market Acceleration: Parallel product development processes accelerate the time to market.

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Introduction & Training Concept


Everything for the Perfect Start into the keytech World

Just as important as a reliable and functional PLM system is the right strategy for introducing the solution. This applies to a well thought-out introduction concept as well as to user training and onboarding.

Concepts for the Introduction
of keytech

We offer new customers two possible ways to implement keytech PLM: Our best practice approach and a proven 5-step implementation concept.

With our best practice approach, we have created an out-of-the-box solution that allows you to implement keytech PLM in the shortest time and at minimal cost.

Our 5-step implementation concept delivers a proven roadmap to your individual keytech solution from project kick-off to production startup and project review.

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keytech Training Concept

In order to familiarize your employees with all important functions of keytech PLM right from the start and to get the most out of the solution right after the implementation, a well thought-out concept of employee training is essential.

Our professional trainings and experienced trainers teach in a variety of courses the necessary skills to get started with keytech from day one. The current training plan is tailored to the areas PLM, DMS and Administration. Use our offer as a fixed component for the training and further education of your employees.

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