Manitou Incorporates New Product Development Software

CoCreate Software, GmbH announces that French forklift manufacturer Manitou has employed more than 100 copies of CoCreate OneSpace Modeling, CoCreate OneSpace Model Manager, and various add-on modules of its 3D product development software in five locations worldwide. The dynamic modeling-based software gives engineers the flexibility to change models in product development as new ideas arise.

“We use the Dynamic Modeling-based approach to streamline our collaboration with development partners,” said Christian Herrmann, Manitou's IT director. “For example, our team imports partner's CAD models for diesel engines right into OneSpace Modeling, where we can easily fit fixture geometry to our current requirements.”

Additionally, Manitou has streamlined development with CoCreate's online collaboration software, which can be used when teams pool resources on projects with external partners, such as suppliers and subcontractors. The company also replaced its customized PDM environment with CoCreate OneSpace Model Manager, which integrates with OneSpace Modeling and enhances performance when working with large assemblies. OneSpace Model Manager will be deployed in France this year.

Manitou plans to further streamline product development and lifecycle management by integrating OneSpace Model Manager into its ERP system. That way, the company can exchange technical data when transitioning from development to manufacturing.

“Our aim was to extend the use of our CAD-PLM system, which is considered powerful and flexible by our end users,” said Herrmann. “And we needed a product development environment that can easily be integrated via standard connections into our future ERP system. CoCreate's PLM solution combines all these things.”