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Co Dublin, Ireland, 2008/11/04 - Standardization of spares’ specifications and fast, foolproof parts selection and ordering is crucial to ensure longevity, worldwide user respect and the rapid growth of a global dealer network to achieve Nipponia’s motto of “One World, One Brand".
ParallelGraphics, the proven leader in 3D ‘Visual Know-How’ authoring software to global OEMs, today announced that Nipponia, a worldwide motorcycle and scooter manufacturer has purchased its Cortona3D RapidCatalog software. Nipponia recognise the benefits an easily created interactive online Spare Parts Catalog will bring to its worldwide dealer network, who will be able to manipulate scooter images on the Web to order the exact parts, and send a purchase order via a Web shopping cart. But in addition, the deployment of the software will standardize spares manufacturing and ensure that strict quality standards are adhered to and an audit trail of all parts improvements is maintained.
“A year ago, we had an old system, an old parts book and no rules for coding, nomenclature or changes. These factors made manufacturing inefficient and it was obvious they would hamper globalization of Nipponia products,” said Alexandros Zountas, CIO, Nipponia Athens. “Our new models have totally new looks, performance and value. So the business package we show and provide dealers with must have equally impressive functions. RapidCatalog does everything we wanted, from helping us design and standardize new parts manufacturing, to smoothing distribution, to showing dealers we are truly serious about long-term, top-notch support. It even opens doors to further improvements.”
Nipponia’s factory sends them JT files from CAD which Cortona3D RapidCatalog imports. The output establishes the required consistent global framework on the parts source material so subsequent design, manufacturing, processes, and of course electronic literature can be streamlined and universally consistent.
“It’s a very, very simple procedure. To prove the point, although we have had very little time to prepare marketing material for the EICMA show, we were able to publish our initial catalog in time to show it and make a video demonstrating its capabilities. We’ll show it continuously because we know dealers will notice the benefits. Many other companies in this niche don’t serve their dealers or aftermarket very well, said Alexandros Zountas, CIO, Nipponia Athens.
“We are delighted that Nipponia are so enthuastic about the benefits that Cortona3D RapidCatalog will bring to their organization, their dealer network and their end users, “ said Connell Gallagher, President, ParallelGraphics. “Our tools enable an on-screen, true-to-life, three-dimensional animation of any Nipponia scooter. This can be rotated in every direction, yielding views from any angle. Clicking a part or an assembly highlights it and selects it on the parts list. The user can zoom in, explode assemblies to show all components, hide parts they don’t need, and drill down to any given part. One can click on a part number in the parts list and the item will be highlighted on the screen, where they can rotate, zoom and drill down to see exactly how it fits. Two more clicks puts the item into a shopping cart.”
“Cortona3D is now an essential part and partner of our business plan,” says Zountas. “We expect to recycle our RapidCatalog information into RapidManual for a fully automated instruction manual compliant with modern teaching standards. It can even evolve into a Web sales tool that allows users to paint the scooter different colors, see it from different angles, then choose accessories and a convenient dealer. This partnership is just beginning.”