Toyota Parts Management Delivers Productivity Gains with Lattice Technology Solutions

Imagine a company being able to save millions of dollars per year while at the same time increasing product quality, accuracy and speed to market. With the help of Lattice Technology, Toyota found that they could do just that.

Incorporating Lattice Technology's unmatched compression and 3D applications into processes throughout the company enabled Toyota to institute a parts information management system that decreases procurement errors by 30%, while creating a more accurate, intuitive, easier to use parts system that works 25% faster than before.

"When dealing with parts, you've got to use 3D images to see what's really happening. If you only use 2D, parts look the same. 3D images enable you to rotate the part to make sure it's the right one," explained Toyota.

"You've also got to make sure that the parts system is consistently up-to-date. Think about building a car. You need to change a bolt that is defective. So, you check on the part. Well, the system hasn't been updated in a year, or the 2D image looks about right. So you order a shipment of hundreds of bolts. But, when you get it — it's wrong. That is very costly and time consuming."

3D files are known to be notoriously huge and not XML-based, so timely 3D couldn't be shared via the net... until Toyota integrated Lattice Technology's standards-based XML format, XVL into its process.

With Lattice Technology Solutions, the company's engineering design, manufacturing, and procurement departments, along with their suppliers are now able to share and integrate highly compressed, automatically updated, 3D files across the enterprise and beyond. This not only creates faster, more accurate, intuitive parts systems, but it also has a positive effect on the company's after-market business. Now, distributors and customers can use online 3D image catalogs to order the right replacement part in the shortest amount of time.