The Arntz Optibelt Group brings products to market up to 5 months faster
With eight production facilities in six countries, the Arntz Optibelt Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-performance belt drives for vehicles, heavy machinery, oil refineries, agriculture, fans and compressors. A rubber processing and belt manufacturer that opened in Germany in 1872, the company’s market share has steadily grown for nearly 150 years. Today, it is a major global presence.
Optibelt has an extensive manufacturing process with more than 180,000 standard or customized belts in production at any given time. Each design adheres to a precise set of steps before production begins. The company is constantly improving and adapting existing products as well as bringing new products online, each of which requires a separate set of protocols from multiple employees across several countries.
The Arntz Optibelt Group wanted to modernize their product review process to cut the time-to-market and create an agile, auditable workflow, without compromising quality. Their existing—but inefficient—review process involved scanning and emailing paper forms, which was consuming a huge amount of bandwidth and preventing team members from viewing the status of any given project.