While the R&D operations frequently share and borrow data from different product lines, managers wondered how to encourage secure data re-use and reap cost savings. Foton Lovol’s operations had used the concept of “one bill for one vehicle” bill of materials (BOM) management, with only a few product design variants. However, this method exposed huge maintenance workloads and slow responsiveness. “We faced the challenge of how to continue to improve our market responsiveness,” says Li Jinliang, IT (information technology) director. “Because each different Foton Lovol division had applied different design software systems, we needed to effectively manage design data from all these systems on a unified PLM platform.”

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