Georg Fischer Piping Systems designs, manufactures, and markets piping systems for the safe and secure conveyance of liquids and gases. The company belongs to the Georg Fischer Group and sells over 40,000 products for diverse applications and specialized markets: jointing technology, fittings, valves, measuring devices, and pipes that are used for water conveyance and treatment as well as the transport of liquids and gases for industrial purposes. It has 25 sales companies worldwide that ensure competent customer support and the rapid availability of its products.
While the company’s range of highly specialized systems configured to meet the needs of many industries—from ship building, to chemical processing, to water and gas utilities—serve as its key differentiator, this is also the source of its greatest complexity. Since its inception, Georg Fischer Piping Systems faced challenges related to effectively managing plans for its piping systems. This problem continued to grow exponentially along with the company’s increasing number and variety of products.
In 2004, Georg Fischer Piping Systems addressed this key business challenge by introducing a system for managing drawings and plans. Since then, it has expanded this initiative with the deployment of Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Today the company organizes product families and corresponding product variants with the solution, which is fully integrated into its IT infrastructure.
Oracle Partner ICP Solution GmbH helped Georg Fischer Piping Systems to optimize the product development process and implement Oracle’s Agile PLM solution. Starting with the company’s drawing and plan management system as a foundation, ICP Solution introduced a system for managing plan changes and configurations. Today, the partners tackle remaining challenges in the product life cycle with the help of Agile PLM, such as the process for printing labels for mass-produced products.