Toyota began selling cars in Europe under an official distributor agreement in 1963. Since then, the company has matured into a leading Japanese car manufacturer. Based in Brussels and staffed by 2,700 people of 63 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe now handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories. It manages Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations.
- Efficient management of all the engineering specifications usually managed during the development process, including plots, vectors, tables, maps, etc. These data are defined using parameters that capture units in a meaningful way.
- Support of existing car platform sub-system models
- Variability rules for resolving the 150% system models into 100% variants
- Support for all data needed by simulation models – single source of truth for certified data (initially low-fidelity simulations in a mechanical domain)
Toyota Motor Europe relied on the manual exchange of complex spreadsheets to share data, an unsustainable process due to the number of architectural variants and related simulations. These spreadsheets were devoid of any connection to the rest of the product data and were not managed under configuration control. The pedigree, maturity, and connectivity of the data were often unclear. Management of the engineering division recognized that the existing process was not sustainable without a new data management platform. The original spreadsheets are now replaced by the “single source of truth,” the digital thread in the Aras platform that covers the engineering data for vehicle dynamics performance. The variant-design-simulation relationships are managed within this system-centric digital thread regardless of where the system and design details are authored.