Exotic Metals Forming Company are a company of innovators and specialists in aerospace sheet metal fabrication & design. Exotic Metals contracted Sherpa Design and our affiliate company, Applied CAx, to provide streamlining and maintenance for their Teamcenter PLM installation.

We reached out to Exotic to give us some insights into how the process went, how it benefited them, and where they are today with their PLM environment.

What was the situation for Exotic Metals before you brought on Sherpa Design/Applied CAx to help with the PLM challenges you were facing?

"Prior to partnering with Sherpa Design/Applied CAx for our PLM needs there were many challenges our company was facing. For the infrastructure implemented with the outside consulting contracted, the experience of our company with Teamcenter was a system that crashed frequently, included slow response times (with a negative moniker being uttered by our users), and there was limited consulting expertise to identify the fundamental flaws in the infrastructure and the associated settings within Teamcenter. In conjunction with new personnel brought in to our IT department, Sherpa Design/Applied CAx leveraged their expertise and guided our company in establishing a robust platform that stabilized the Teamcenter installation and got our company on the right path for developing Teamcenter as more of a fundamental building block for our future business processes."

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Teamcenter expert Randy Ellsworth joined the project in Finspang, SE (FSP) with no background and very little turnover as the Teamcenter administrator. At the time, the project consisted of twenty Teamcenter development environments running concurrently on a single Sun server. The cost of upgrading the Sun server was prohibitive to the growth of the project and everything was soon migrated to Windows tiered servers. Due to business reasons the project moved to Gorlitz, DE (GLZ).

While in GLZ, Randy performed exceptionally well and assumed the role of Infrastructure architect under the superb leadership of Peter Spierling. A mixture of physical and virtual servers were stood up and configured as needed to facilitate data migration using global services, several development environments, a quality assurance environment, a training environment and a production environment were maintained or rebuilt as required. The production environment, besides being separated vertically, was also expanded horizontally so that the application tier consisted of three servers and the web tier consisted of two servers behind a load-balancer to accommodate the load and fail over. Randy successfully mentored several people in his role and regularly scheduled tasks for them. Randy was instrumental in the successful “go live” rollout to Production of the Globus project for the GLZ business units...

The success of the Globus project was due in part to Randy’s participation. His knowledge and experience were instrumental while his cool demeanor during highly stressful events kept everyone at ease. I would gladly engage him again given the opportunity and provide my highest recommendation.

Peter Spierling, Globus Project at Siemens Energy Oil & Gas

Sherpa Design helped us upgrade a legacy, pre-release version of Siemens Teamcenter to a newer generally-available version. They helped us through the entire processes, mapping out the upgrade path through multiple minor release versions, moving to a new server operating system, fixing several issues with company-specific customizations, and acting on our behalf with Siemens technical support. Sherpa was able to perform the upgrade at a reasonable cost, work through unexpected problems, and safely migrate our system with a sound roll-back strategy. Sherpa staff worked closely with our internal support team, and were very responsive to issues and concerns. Overall, we were very happy with the Teamcenter upgrade and are planning to use their services for our next upgrade.

Eric Fischer, NuScale Power

FEI Company has worked collaboratively with Sherpa Design on the realization of several key projects. Sherpa Design was able to integrate into the design team in a short period of time and provide significant contributions to the project team.  I personally recommend Sherpa Design for any of your Mechatronics needs.

Michael Tanguay
Mechanical Engineering Manager
FEI Company

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