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Manufacturing Efficiency Enhancement: AESSEAL's Journey with Mendix, SAP, and Teamcenter

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Technology Category
  • Application Infrastructure & Middleware - Event-Driven Application
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS) - Application Development Platforms
Applicable Industries
  • Cement
  • Equipment & Machinery
Applicable Functions
  • Maintenance
  • Product Research & Development
Use Cases
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Process Simulation
  • System Integration
  • Training
About The Customer
AESSEAL is a subsidiary of AES Engineering Ltd, a global company that engineers products and systems used in a wide range of pumps and rotating equipment. These products and systems are designed to prevent liquids and gases from escaping into the environment, improve equipment reliability, and reduce maintenance costs. With an expanding global footprint—235 locations in 104 countries—and an industry-leading portfolio of custom predictive and preventive engineering products, AESSEAL is a significant player in its field. However, the company faced challenges in bridging its legacy systems with a modern technology stack, which was crucial to keep up with its own progress.
The Challenge
AESSEAL, a subsidiary of AES Engineering Ltd, is a global company with 235 locations in 104 countries, specializing in engineering products and systems for pumps and rotating equipment. Despite its industry-leading portfolio of custom predictive and preventive engineering products, AESSEAL faced a significant challenge. The company needed to bridge its core legacy systems with a modern technology stack to keep up with its own progress. The existing siloed legacy manufacturing systems, coupled with significant technical debt, hindered the IT team from delivering new, innovative solutions. The team was stretched thin managing continuous upgrades in Windows and Oracle, refreshing legacy applications, and addressing challenges from non-standardized shadow IT solutions created by the business. The need for a solution that could extend development capacity and solve their integration challenge was evident.
The Solution
AESSEAL found the solution in the Mendix low-code development platform, which they discovered through their 15-year relationship with Siemens as Teamcenter users. In 2022, their IT team built a low-code proof of concept (POC) to refresh a legacy shopfloor solution and test the platform’s integration capabilities with critical engineering systems of record. The POC refreshed a key software system on the AESSEAL shopfloor, integrating production orders and stock plans from SAP, managing job sequencing based on material supply and demand, alerting operators of machine maintenance needs, and surfacing 3D JT files from Teamcenter or 2D drawings. Following a successful pilot project, AESSEAL is now standardizing their low-code development with starter templates, co-developing with an expert partner to grow their team, and leveraging Mendix to support in keeping the core clean.
Operational Impact
  • The adoption of the Mendix low-code platform has brought about a significant transformation in AESSEAL's operations. The company has moved from testing low-code as a concept to incorporating Mendix into business-critical workflows. This shift has sparked excitement within the organization, leading to a rapid spread of the IT team’s new successes and capabilities. The digital engineering team has transitioned from traditional development to adding new hires with low-code experience and introducing training for existing employees. This has resulted in a more connected, future-ready engineering environment that scales. The company's vision for Mendix is clear: if they can’t natively build an application or feature in Teamcenter or SAP, they will turn to Mendix. This approach will be critical as the team continues to roll out SAP S/4HANA in more countries.
Quantitative Benefit
  • 3-4x faster software delivery with Mendix
  • Successful implementation of Mendix in 33 countries to date
  • 90% of work of a senior C#, .NET developer is now Mendix based

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