Prior to the ProductCenter implementation, Infinia had been maintaining multiple systems to manage its engineering processes. The disparate systems resulted in time consuming process inefficiencies due to manual data re-entry from one system to the next as well as extended user learning curves for Infinia’s diverse applications. Moreover, utilizing multiple systems created challenges in terms of data integrity as version control was complicated and the tracking of implemented changes was limited. Infinia needed one system and the tools to achieve more efficient processes related to Engineering Change Management and New Product Introduction.
In advance of its initial product launch, Infinia recognized that a single PLM solution was the answer to streamlining its processes and managing its product development process from early concept through production. In addition to its low cost of ownership, SofTech’s ProductCenter® PLM was selected for several reasons including its ability to: manage Infinia’s Autodesk® Inventor® and AutoCAD® product design data; capture and automate the engineering change processes; enable electronic Bill of Materials (eBOM) management; and facilitate collaboration with external suppliers – a critical requirement for Infinia.
Infinia is an energy technology company commercializing the PowerDish™ – a solar power generation product that converts concentrated solar energy into electricity. The PowerDish couples Infinia’s proven free-piston Stirling engine with a dish-style solar concentrator to produce 3.2kW of grid-quality AC power. Infinia’s system is the world’s first solar power generation product suitable for automotive-scale manufacturing and deployment ranging from single units for end-users to thousands of units deployed in utility-scale solar power plants. Since 1985, Infinia has been delivering super-high reliability, zero-maintenance, free-piston Stirling engines and power systems to commercial companies and government agencies.www.InfiniaCorp.com