PTA develops individual software solution for Saazor’s PVD coating process

Digital is faster and better

Since January 2017, the roll milling cutter manufacturer and contract coater SAAZORWÄLZTECHNIK ZORN GmbH & Co. KG from Pforzheim has been controlling its previously paper-based PVD coating process with a software solution individually developed by PTA Programmier-Technische Arbeiten GmbH from Mannheim. “The process, now digitally controlled thanks to the software, has considerable advantages for our customers and ourselves. We can now react faster and more flexibly than competitors who rely on standard software. In addition, the tool circulation of our customers is reduced and the associated capital commitment reduced,” explains SAAZOR Managing Director Dr. Markus Weiler.

Retention of individual strengths

These advantages, Weiler continues, result primarily from two building blocks: a specialist concept that very accurately reflects the strengths of the original process in the new digitised process and the individually developed software. “Only the individual development made it possible to retain the strengths of our previous process without any compromises. With standard software, we would have had to build on a standard logistics process that would not have been able to represent the characteristics of our own process. The result would have been significantly worse and we would have had a digital process that no longer differentiates us from the competition,” emphasises Weiler.

PTA has developed the individual solution based on the .net development platform. The underlying database is Microsoft’s SQL Server. “The technology we use guarantees SAAZOR the future viability and easy expandability of the developed solution,” explains Dr. Tim Walleyo, member of the PTA management board. The hob manufacturer’s coating process, Walleyo continues, could not be mapped in standard software. “That is why we developed the solution individually. We always look for the most suitable solution for the customer. This time it was an individual development, but we also realise many projects with mixtures of standard software, other components and individually developed modules. This is sometimes even cheaper than pure standard software. The rule of thumb is: the more individual and value-adding the respective process is, the more difficult it is to map it in standard software,” emphasises Walleyo.

PTA attaches great importance to close cooperation with its customers. The various branches in Germany, which allow on-site development at the customer’s premises, support this claim.

SAAZOR Managing Director Weiler is in any case determined to press ahead with the digitalisation of the PVD coating process and other service processes: “We are planning to introduce smart cards, access the system via app and link it to our ERP system,” says Weiler, looking to the future.