Founded in Bjerringbro, Denmark in 1945 as a family-run die and machine factory, Grundfos has grown into one the world's leading pump manufacturers. A privately owned company, Grundfos employs more than 17,000 people in 42 countries and posted 2006 earnings of €2.06 billion.
"Contributing to a better quality of life and a healthy environment" is part of the Grundfos corporate mission. In keeping with this goal, the company has established a demanding product quality objective - each year, 80% of all updated pump models must be at least 5% more efficient than the previous version - a challenging target that requires constant design innovation.
Dassault Systèmes Response
An early adopter of IBM and Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions, Grundfos began using CATIA V2 in 1987 to accelerate and improve the mechanical design of its pumps. Today, Grundfos has 450 CATIA V5 and ENOVIA VPLM users in 15 sites around the world. "Globalisation of the company is a top priority at Grundfos and that creates a strong demand for tools," said Lars Peder Hansen, Senior Systems Consultant, Grundfos.
The use of IBM and Dassault Systèmes PLM solutions at Grundfos has led to considerable time gains in the development cycle, more efficient design processes, and enhanced product quality and innovation.