How Hyundai Mobis is Driving Success with CoLab
December 2, 2021
Hyundai Mobis is a Tier 1 automotive supplier for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) like Chrysler, Ford, GM, Tesla, and others. With thousands of employees around the world and billions of dollars in annual revenue, they build innovative and world-class products for some of the biggest brands in the business. Since 2019, Hyundai Mobis has been using CoLab to make global design collaboration easier and more effective.
Recently, CoLab CEO Adam Keating sat down with Igor Beric—manager of the electronics group for Hyundai Mobis North America—to talk about the difference CoLab has made for their team and the value it delivers on a daily basis. This post covers the highlights from their conversation.
Simple and Secure CAD File Sharing
With multiple customers and systems to manage, trying to simply get access to view a particular CAD file could prove to be a difficult and time-consuming task before CoLab. Beric recalls what it was like as a lead engineer working within CAD and PLM systems specific to one OEM customer, and having people wanting to share CAD from other customers or systems: “I always had to be hooked up to the VPN servers. I always had to wait 18 minutes for one model to load up, and then if somebody wanted to see a different one, I’d have to wait another 18 minutes for that.”
“We’re extremely focused on our document security. It’s generally very rigorous for us to even transfer CAD files between our own internal systems,” Beric notes. “Previously, due to the file size, we’d have to use an FTP server or… we’d have to get an internally-approved USB just to transfer a 7MB file.” With CoLab, that rigorous level of security is maintained, but without all the manual effort.
Being able to use CoLab right in a browser window has made it much simpler for the Hyundai Mobis team to share CAD, which saves significant time and makes it easier for greater collaboration to happen. “The downloading and uploading and just how easy and fluid that went—I think that’s been unexpectedly beneficial to us,” says Beric. “What’s definitely worked is the ease of access, the intuitiveness of the CoLab system itself.”
Making it Easy to Get Everyone on the Same Page
CoLab makes it easy to do more than just share CAD back and forth—it makes it easier to communicate about design, too. This is highly valuable to the growing Mobis team for onboarding new engineers who need to get up to speed. CoLab’s capabilities allow design communication to happen clearly and quickly, without needing to waste time building out another slide deck or writing lengthy emails.
“From day one, once I get them that CoLab license, they’re able to dive in and see all of our projects and see all of the products that we produce,” explains Beric. “Before that, it would’ve taken me at least a month to put together a detailed PowerPoint that outlines—here’s how this snaps together, here’s how this is tooled, here’s some of our suppliers, and things like that. Now I can simply get them access to that specific project folder in CoLab, get them ramped up really quickly, and have them start scanning through the 2D and 3D CAD and try to identify any issues, right from the get-go.”
Beyond onboarding new team members, CoLab is also helpful for communicating between different teams. “Being able to jump into CoLab and have it be so intuitive is definitely helpful,” agrees Beric. “We have a core design team that’s outside of our mechanical design team, so being able to show them quick markups or snap to sections so they can clearly understand what our intents were—that was a big game-changer for me.”
Quantifying CoLab’s Value
As an engineer who’s moved into management, Beric not only recognizes the end-user benefits of CoLab but also the business-level savings it provides. “I can actually put a real dollar figure to how much CoLab actually saves us,” says Beric. “From a management standpoint, you can put a real dollar figure to how much a CATIA license, a PLM license, a UG license, just a simple CAD viewer (not to mention the investment for the hardware to support all of those CAD functions) are—versus a simple CoLab subscription.”
There are other factors to consider, too, when looking at license costs. “Being able to go between a CAD product to a STEP file to an IGES file to a PRT file—those have real-number costs to have converters implemented into CAD systems, whereas CoLab kind of naturally does it,” adds Beric. Plus CoLab allows “a lot of freedom in creating file structures, creating revision structures, and everything like that. With those other aforementioned systems, you have to have the company tailor that for you prior to receiving that.”
And beyond comparing license costs, there’s also the hardware investment to consider. As Beric puts it, “[People] like myself, [people] like my lead engineers, we’re not doing core CAD development. We mostly use CoLab as a viewer or an analyzer for sections and measurement and things like that. We would need that [hardware] investment as well, just because we wouldn’t have access to any other system.”
Of course, the quantifiable benefits never tell the whole story. Part of CoLab’s value for the Hyundai Mobis team is the true collaborative spirit of the partnership. “I feel like you guys are really there, supporting us every step of the way,” says Beric.