Toyoda Iron Works Co. Ltd. (TIW) is a tier-one Japanese auto parts supplier founded in 1946. TIW is headquartered in Toyota City and manufactures auto parts in three plants in Japan and 10 plants overseas.
Before the Simultaneous Engineering (SE) and Production Planning Initiative, TIW converted their 3D CAD data to 2D TIFF format to be shared with other departments. Now they convert the 3D CAD data to 3D XVL and store it in their PDM system.
Other departments can now retrieve the lightweight 3D XVL data directly from the PDM system and use it to improve their own business processes. TIW is also sharing the XVL data with their own trusted suppliers, enabling more efficient supplier communication.
Using XVL for leveraging 3D data is much easier than using 3D CAD. The main reasons are XVL’s ultralight format that retains CAD-level accuracy and being CAD-agnostic.
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