SEG Products Increases Efficiency with Fusion 360 Manage
Dimitri Paraskevopoulos, Vice President of Engineering at SEG Products, oversees a team of engineers that manages dozens of projects from ideation through development simultaneously. They had been using Microsoft Project to develop schedules, assign tasks, track projects, manage the budget, and analyze workloads. Although the SEG teams had extensive experience with the process and it worked well, Dimitri recognized the need to increase efficiencies.
The project had two main goals: 1. Product Development: “Our process of having team members present proposals to advance their projects to the next phase worked, but it was time consuming for the team members and the approvers, and it used a lot of printed material,” said Dimitri. “ I wanted a single repository where we could store all the data using a consistent naming convention, tags, and pre-defined fields that team members could complete, and approvers could easily review to ensure everything was in order.” 2. Items: “When products are approved for production, we begin tracking information about each item, such as pricing, dimensions, FOB ports, and destination ports,” said Dimitri. “ We had been using Excel spreadsheets, but with the growth of our company, it was time to move to more advanced technology that housed the data in standard formats in a central location that everyone could access as needed.”
“Working with IMAGINiT to implement and customize our Fusion 360 Manage PLM software has brought significant benefits,” said Dimitri. “The overarching value is that our team is more efficient, which means they have the capacity to develop more products.” Several factors contribute to the increased efficiency: • Task lists are project driven and prioritized by delivery date • Assignments and progress are updated 24 hours a day, allowing users to view the dashboard in real time • All files are stored in a central location following a standard naming convention, eliminating problems associated with determining where information is stored, how the files are titled, and which version is the latest • Engineering change notices and pricing changes are documented centrally, removing the error-prone process of notifying team members of the changes via email
“We can now get products developed faster, which gives us an edge on the competition,” said Dimitri. The project went so well that SEG is considering working with IMAGINiT to create a spare parts workspace and customize the incident reporting workspace within Fusion 360 Manage to meet their specific needs.
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