SAP solutions for Mercedes-Ilmor

SAP, the Stuttgart, Germany, based provider of business software solutions which has been a corporate partner of Team McLaren Mercedes in F1 since 1997, is to provide and implement a new software regime to the team's Mercedes-Ilmor engine division in Brixworth, UK, which will integrate all engine design, development and production data in a single, enterprise-wide system

SAP solutions for Mercedes-Ilmor

In order to exchange engine lifecycle data between the design and production teams and the race engineers quickly and reliably, Mercedes-Ilmor says that it needed to replace the various legacy systems it had accumulated during its 20-year growth from a company of 25 employees to an international organisation with a staff of 500. It also needed to ensure integration with Mercedes-Benz's F1 technical team, based in Stuttgart.

Mercedes-Ilmor is to use 'it.automotive', a 'mySAP All-in-One' solution from itelligence, a SAP business partner, to improve collaboration among its project groups. The software will provide management, engineering and trackside teams with reliable, real-time information on the lifecycle status and performance of more than 5000 engine components. The company thereby aims to achieve best-possible performance of each engine and more quickly to deploy engineering innovations.

The software's integration with the company's computer-aided design (CAD) applications will help ensure high availability and consistency of parts lists, CAD drawings and technical documentation used internally and shared with Team McLaren Mercedes.

"Our success depends on our ability quickly and consistently to develop, assemble and deliver our products from the workshop to the track in the best possible quality," said Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren's F1 CEO. "With itelligence's integrated SAP solution, we will gain more time to act on information, rather than spending time accessing it. With greater transparency and availability of essential information, our project teams are best equipped to bring peak-performance engines and product innovations to the track more quickly, improving the competitive edge for the racing team."

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