Krone Establishes Digitalization Strategy with Siemens Digital Innovation Platform

Agricultural machinery company to use software solutions from Siemens including product lifecycle management (PLM) to expand technology.

Agricultural machinery company to use software solutions from Siemens including product lifecycle management (PLM) to expand technological leadership

Siemens Digital Industries Software announces that Maschinenfabrik Bernard Krone GmbH & Co. KG, an agricultural machinery company in Germany, has selected the Siemens Digital Innovation Platform to help establish its digitalization strategy. Using solutions including the Teamcenter portfolio and NX software, Krone will launch a new digitalization program to support processes over the product lifecycle as well as collaborative work between departments by leveraging the integrated solutions of the Siemens Digital Innovation Platform. 

“Establishing a PDM / PLM solution at Krone creates an important backbone for our overall digitalization strategy,” says Dr. Goy-Hinrich Korn, chief information officer at Krone. “We have a vision and plan to enable the digitalization of our company but without a solid base, these would not be sufficiently supported.”

The Krone product portfolio ranges from simple agricultural machines to highly complex field choppers for interplant use. Manufacturers in this industry face many challenges, including global competition, multi-site manufacturing, compressed development cycles, total cost-of-ownership reductions, fuel economy, and regulatory emissions standards, Siemens reports. Meeting these challenges is easier with an integrated set of design, simulation and manufacturing software tools managed in a unified and integrated environment, according to Siemens.

“A single-source data management system is an essential tool for heavy equipment manufacturers such as Krone, who need to manage the different forms and data created, while keeping focus on engineering, manufacturing and product lifecycle,” says Urban August, senior vice president and managing director for Siemens PLM Software, Germany. “Our solutions for the heavy equipment industry can help Krone excel in today’s challenging and dynamic environment and deliver innovative products while decreasing total cost of ownership.”

Krone has a multi-phase rollout planned to implement the software, beginning with a focus on CAD data migration including 150 seats of NX. Later phases of the implementation will shift the focus to product lifecycle management (PLM) software including 400 seats of Teamcenter. This initial install base will form the foundation for the strategy and allow room to build upon in the future, including various areas of expansion and interest such as quality management systems (QMS), IoT, simulation and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) solutions. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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