Success Story: PSA Peugeot Citroën

Axway Transfer CFT — A2A communications that keep assembly lines moving

  • Headquarters

    Paris, France
  • Industry

  • Challenge

    Ensure fast, accurate and secure data flows for large volumes of A2A messages between departments and worldwide

  • Solution

  • Results

    • ƒ A common interface among diverse operating systems and environments for easier, centralized management
    • ƒ Flexible and easy-to-use solution that interfaces with PSA’s own tools
    • ƒ A single, standard tool used across the entire organization for internal application-to-application file transfers
    • ƒ Security and automation of tasks for accurate, faster data flow
    • A stable solution transferring the large volumes of critical data that keep assembly lines moving and deliver spare parts on time

“Synchronization of messages coming in at the right time is crucial to keeping up the pace and performance of the assembly lines. Whenever an application needs to transfer a file to another application, Transfer CFT is the standard tool used throughout the company.” 

A Leader in the Automotive Industry

Innovation for more environment-friendly vehicles

As the manufacturer of two world-famous brands, Peugeot and Citroën, the Group PSA Peugeot Citroën sold 3.2 million vehicles in 2009, of which one third were purchased outside of Europe. PSA Peugeot Citroën is the second largest European automotive manufacturer with overall revenue of €48.4 billion in 2009.

The Group has commercial operations in 160 countries and it employs 196,000 co-workers around the world. In 2009, PSA Peugeot Citroën dedicated more than 2 billion Euros to R&D activities focused mainly on new energies. The Group’s business also extends to financing (PSA Finance Bank), logistics (Gefco), and automobile equipment manufacturing (Faurecia).

PSA Peugeot Citroën is also a leader in the manufacture of low-emission vehicles, which are among the best in the world in terms of fuel consumption and emissions. In order to offer a “clean car” that suits the needs of every customer, PSA Peugeot Citroën is expanding its line of low-emission vehicles over the next three years. The Group is also currently focusing on development in high-potential markets such as China, Latin America, and Russia, and is actively expanding its production base near these priority markets.

Axway Transfer CFT — a “Standard” at PSA Peugeot Citroën

Meeting the unique needs of the automobile industry

PSA Peugeot Citroën has been using Axway Transfer CFT for all of its internal application-to-application (A2A) file transfers and transactions since the early 1990s. Axway’s solution is the standard for internal file transfer at PSA Peugeot Citroën, handling 2.5 million file transfers worldwide per month. “Axway Transfer CFT is essential to our operations because we use it for all the internal file transfers between the various applications. Whenever an application needs to transfer a file to another application, Transfer CFT is the standard tool used throughout the company,” said Jean-Pierre Michaut, Product Infrastructure Manager at PSA.

Initially, PSA Peugeot Citroën chose Axway Transfer CFT to exchange files within its heterogeneous infrastructure comprising Tandem, VAX, MVS, Unix and Windows servers and mainframes. PSA required a tool that would work with all of these platforms, and Axway Transfer CFT provided the compatibility, and the common interface, that made communication between such diverse environments possible.

Automotive manufacturers must exchange files between distinct entities and across diverse functions such as engineering, procurement, manufacturing, and ERP to handle time-to-market requirements, supplier collaboration, make-to-order, maketo- stock, Just-in-Time / Just-in-Sequence, and sales order management. Using Axway Transfer CFT, specific or generic application files are exchanged. For example, Axway Transfer CFT handles all the files exchanged between multiple SAP instances company-wide. “1800 instances of Axway Transfer CFT are used throughout the company running on UNIX, Windows, and Mainframe environments. Every department across the company is using Axway Transfer CFT in some capacity,” said Michaut.

Due to the large volumes and critical content of files exchanged, PSA Peugeot Citroën also required a tool that would ensure file transfers would be handled securely and automatically. “If there is a problem with a file transfer, we know that it will be automatically resumed without any intervention from the team. From a security and reliability standpoint, Axway Transfer CFT is a very robust product,” said Michaut.

Additionally, PSA Peugeot Citroën has interfaced its own monitoring tools with Axway Sentinel, which issues alerts and reports that are automatically integrated into PSA’s event ticketing and tracking system.

“Axway Transfer CFT is essential to our operations because we use it for all the internal file transfers between the various applications. Whenever an application needs to transfer a file to another application, Transfer CFT is the standard tool used throughout the company.”

Strategic and Synchronized Data Flows

Axway Transfer CFT keeps assembly lines moving

Many of the files transferred at PSA Peugeot Citroën are strategic to daily operations, such as its application for ordering and delivery of spare parts. Delivery orders are transferred to factories in real time. If orders don’t arrive, employees working in the factory won’t know which parts need to be loaded onto the trucks, nor will they know in which order the spare parts need to be loaded and dispatched. Shipments would be stalled, resulting in factory downtime — and this would be costly for PSA.

Automotive manufacturers work in Just-in-Time and Just-in-Sequence mode. From automated equipment and tools on the assembly line, to each and every truck delivering parts, each part of the business needs to share the same synchronized information in order to mass produce and deliver cars.

“It’s a similar situation with the assembly lines,” Michaut said. “Several entities intervene in the message flows for manufacturing orders depending on the car model and the optional equipment that the customer has ordered. In addition, different models can be assembled on the same assembly line, requiring different automation equipment. The automation equipment is piloted directly by the orders coming in. The synchronization of messages coming in at the right time is crucial to keeping up the pace and performance of the assembly lines.”

Decentralized File Transfer

With centralized management capabilities

Today 38,000 different Axway Transfer CFT message flows are utilized within PSA Peugeot Citroën. The automotive group has built and interfaced its own tools around Axway Transfer CFT and Axway Sentinel, which means that tasks are highly automated. “Thanks to the level of product knowledge we have acquired over the years, and the stability and flexibility of Axway solutions, we have been able to keep the team down to four or five people. This is really quite impressive when you look at the large volume of data transfers managed and the large number of file transfer nodes operating. Axway Transfer CFT is simple to use and it is fully integrated into our operating environment,” Michaut concluded.

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