Location: Hartford, WI
Industry: Consumer Goods
Service: PLM Integration and DesignState


the challenge

Broan NuTone’s existing methods required considerable amounts of manual work and were highly error prone.

The company needed a fully automated, bi-directional integration between Windchill/Creo CAD and Agile PLM and wanted all the benefits that integration would deliver.


zws solution

DesignState integration software from ZWS tied AgilePLM to the engineering-centric Windchill PDM, and enabled timely and accurate data sharing between the two systems.

The DesignState integration assists Broan NuTone engineers in both managing the flow of design information between Windchill and Agile (to include BOM, attachment, metadata, and change management) as well as allowing Agile Design data to be obsoleted. Metadata moved from EC into Windchill allows Windchill ownership of designs.


the benefits

Now lifecycle states and parts information are automatically and constantly up-to-date in both systems.

Engineers can continue to work in the CAD environment where they are more productive and more comfortable while avoiding the need for manual updates in Agile.

By removing manual data entry, costly errors are eliminated, and product costs and delays reduced.