Klauke Slovakia is part of the American Textron Corporation which develops and manufactures tools, testing, measuring and control equipment as well as fasteners for electrotechnical applications. It has offices in Europe, China, India and Mexico. Klauke Slovakia s.r.o. specializes in the production of special stampings, cable lugs andcable harnesses. In 2017 Klauke opened a second plant in Slovakia.With currently more than 500 employees, it is one of the leading employers in the Orava region. Produced in Dolný Kubín, the documentation is supplied to a cable harness production plant in Mexico.In 2016, the sales increased by about 15% to € 25.2 million.
The diversification of the product portfolio and the increasing voluminosity and complexity of cable harnesses have become a challenge to minimize the time needed to process the offer and production documentation. The whole process was mainly prolonged by individual manual work when determining the number and type of operations to produce harnesses. Thus KLauke Slovakia decided forAUCOTEC's software platform Engineering Base (EB) to simplify and accelerate the process.
Fast and sustainable
The main requirements were a simple interconnection to in-house systems, a user-friendly environment, and mainly the reduction inmanual labour. All this and even more has been accomplished by EB. "After a profound analysis, we chose the system which we think has the greatest potential to meet our future requirements," says thet echnologist Lucia Dulačková.
In cooperation with Technodat Elektro, a unique connection has been created between EB and a special tool for determining individual operations. The principle of the solution lies in using the detailed information EB has about a harness and the set of internal rules, based on which the Engineering Base generates the number of necessary operations to produce the cable harness.
Bids: up to 80 % quicker
The key benefit of EB's implementation to the Slovak company was an increase in efficiency and flexibility. "Simplifying possible change management and increasing the efficiency of the preparatory processes significantly reduced the time to create a bid for new projects by 50% and up to 80% for well-known projects," comments Lucia Dulačková on EB's benefits.
Implementing the platform into the company has thus made possible to process multiple bids and opened an opportunity to get more ofthe potential business on the market. In conclusion, Lucia Dulačkováadds: "We plan to continue implementing the Engineering Base into our processes, focusing mainly on the pre-production and production stages."