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Hitachi Rail Systems has deployed the Global Product Development Solution, from manufacturing technology provider PTC, as its single enterprise platform.

Based on Windchill technology, the new technology will help the company in automating product development processes, enhancing product innovation, and in reducing delivery time.

Hitachi, which is planning to build a rail coach production facility in the UK, will improve the accuracy of its manufacturing process and cost management by implementing the PTC solution at the centre of the UK Intercity Express Programme.

The deployment of PTC’s solution has improved the accuracy of Hitachi’s bill of material information. In addition, Hitachi’s manufacturing team has reduced its production lead-time from component order through car assembly completion by 20%.

"We are pleased to expand our relationship with Hitachi to support innovation."

Hitachi Rail Systems business reforms promotion department Kasado Works manager Takashi Kadohiro said: "The PTC Global Product Development Solution has allowed us to manage all of our CAD data in a single repository, improving our workflow and process automation."

"We needed a system that would help us enhance our production environment and, at the same time, enable us to automate production processes and be less reliant on human resources."

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PTC PLM Segment divisional general manager Mark Hodges said: "Process improvement is pivotal to supporting product development and services, and ultimately to helping drive business success.

"We are pleased to expand our relationship with Hitachi to support innovation, drive efficiencies throughout its product development processes and ultimately increase its competitive advantage," Hodges added.

Image: Hitachi’s class 395 dual voltage high speed train EMU for London & South Eastern Railway. Photo: courtesy of Businesswire/PTC.