This is a description of the journey that Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc., took when the company went from drawings boards and paper to a virtual digital world using Vault Professional software. We will talk about how the firm merged 3 independent and separately located Engineering departments into a single department. We will demonstrate our proceduresincluding file management, items use, and establishment of a 100%-digital Change Order and Approval processand we'll talk about how we did them. Then we'll show how we are integrating with our enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Steve Hilvers has an agricultural engineering degree from The Ohio State University with an emphasis on mechanical design. He has been around the agricultural industry and Unverferth Mfg. Co., Inc., for almost all of his life. Steve started on a drawing board in the late 1980s and has over 25 years of experience with Autodesk, Inc., CAD products (including AutoCAD 8 software, Mechanical Desktop software, and Inventor software). Steve also has over 10 years of being the Vault administrator for Unverferth, which was one of the original U.S. companies to install Vault Professional software (as Productstream software), and one of the first to replicate Vault software data between 2 sites. He has also been heavily involved with implementing and integrating a new manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system and integrating it with Vault Professional. Additionally, Steve is a rules writer for a product configurator on Unverferth's sales portal. He is an Autodesk University (AU) veteran, a past AU speaker, and a trusted Autodesk Vault Subject Matter Expert.
17 years experience as Design Engineer in the Agricultural/Farm Equipment industry for Unverferth Mfg. in Kalida, Ohio. Also serves as the unofficial Inventor/CAD manager for 3 facilities in 2 states for 15+ years, where I'm responsible for 40+ installs of Inventor and Vault Clients, as wells any of the Inventor customization. I'm also responsible for creation and management of company standards. We grew up with Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, Vault and Publisher, from infancy to maturity, sometimes before they even had a name. Mike's a long time AU attendee and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering. He also is a "Hobby" Farmer on the side, keeping his childhood dream alive.
Collaboration. Security. Integration. Just to name some critical success factors / business goals for driving changes. We want to highlight in this class the approach we took in implementing Vault in a multi-site environment and integrated in the SAP environment. What are the challenges? What are the benefits? How to set and manage the expectation of several stakeholders? What are the lessons learned? Which kind of improvements need to be addressed first? All the questions to show how you can manage complex implementation projects, ensuring that the defined business goals are met by delivering the right system using the right methodology. We will use a real customer project to showcase our experience.