Stork

“This new way of working using Projectplace has made document management simpler and easier to understand, enabling us to exchange information more efficiently and quickly with our partners,”
Erik van Nistelrooij, Team leader Configuration & Document Management at Stork SP Aerospace

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Introduction

Stork Aerospace develops and produces advanced components and systems for the aerospace industry and supplies integrated maintenance services and products to aircraft owners and operators. These activities are performed by the Aerospace Industries and Aerospace Services strategic units. Stork SP Aerospace is a subsidiary of Aerospace Industries, which specialises in the development and production of landing gear for aircraft and helicopters for the military and civilian aeronautical industry.

Stork SP Aerospace has also manufactured the majority of landing gear for all F-16 fighter aircraft and is currently working on the landing gear for the Apache fighter helicopter and the NH90 military transport helicopter, being developed as part of a European consortium. Stork SP Aerospace is developing the arresting gear for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF). Two versions of this arresting gear are being developed: one is for conventional JSFs to be used for braking in an emergency and the other for landings on an aircraft carrier.

Faster lead time

Stork SP Aerospace collaborates closely with partners, suppliers and customers on all these projects and subprojects. To help streamline this collaboration, the company uses Projectplace.nl, the online software solution based on the ASP model. “We use Projectplace both for exchanging documents with partners and for working together with the relevant partners on documents in a number of projects,” says Erik van Nistelrooij, Team leader Configuration & Document Management at Stork SP Aerospace. “This means that we use Projectplace as a exchange and communication tool, as well as a collaboration tool.”

Stork SP Aerospace has around 200 employees, 30 of whom regularly use Projectplace, especially in the Development Department. Stork staff access the Projectplace server via the company network and a secure Internet connection to retrieve or edit project documents.

“In the past all the documents were sent back and forth and exchanged with project participants by post,” explains Van Nistelrooij. “The next phase was distribution via email. This made communication and, in turn, the lead time for projects considerably quicker, but it was tiresome keeping up with which version was the most up to date. Not to mention that sending the files, which were often large, resulted in full mailboxes everywhere and exerted a significant strain on the infrastructure and Internet connections.”

ASP-based solution

This situation provided Stork SP Aerospace with the opportunity to switch to an online solution based on Application Service Providing (ASP). “We also opted for Projectplace on the initiative of our program manager who had already used this online solution and had very positive experiences with it. Stork SP Aerospace has a subscription to the Projectplace service, whereby we are invoiced based on the number of stork.com users and, if necessary, we can invite partners to use this tool. The application runs on the servers at Projectplace and there we also place the documents which our project partners can edit. This allows us to create a ‘common truth’, which means that the most up-to-date version is always being worked on.”

Van Nistelrooij also points out that the “only real truth” is stored on their own IT system. “Projectplace is a redundant system that we use to share information with our partners. We download the document again when it is finished, thereby ensuring that the data we regard as the truth is moved securely to our internal IT system. This new way of working using Projectplace has made document management simpler and easier to understand, enabling us to exchange information and collaborate more efficiently and quickly with our partners.”

 

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