Global Engineering Platform

19 December 2014

The last couple of years Union has worked on implementing a global engineering platform across the different regional divisions. The concept lays the foundation for effective data management and optimum application networking across the full lifecycle of a plant.

Since the first Union subsidiary was established in China back in 1994 and in Brazil the year after, the company has experienced fast growth.

Today, Union has five sales, service and production facilities placed in four continents as part of the strategy of being close to the customers. At the same time the company is facing a growing number of increasingly complex projects, especially within the Industrial Gases segment, but other segments are also demanding new technologies with a focus on reduced uti-lity consumption and greener solutions.

Concurrently with the growing number of projects and increased complexity and also for improved engineering efficiency, Union has invested in a global engineering platform to ensure a common global engineering language.

Global engineering language
Martin Stubkjær, the Group’s General Manager for Engineering, explains: “With production facilities not only in different countries but also on different continents, the risk of making mistakes increases if you produce according to different standards like ASME, PED and GB, the risk of making mistakes is also a rising factor. 

We knew we had to invest in a tool which allowed us to speak a common language, no matter which project we are talking about - and no matter in which division or country.

We also realised that the demand for uniform documentation is a growing issue, and it is important for us to ensure that we deliver best practice in all aspects of a project”.

Which values does this bring to the customers?
“First of all, it makes the projects run more smoothly. There are more check-points during the initial phases, and this reduces the risk of mistakes later in the process. Secondly, it makes it much easier to carry out different phases of a project in different divisions, and by doing so we can always utilise the right persons and the right know-how in the right project while maintaining the quality of the documentation and deliver the agreed scope,” Martin Stubkjær tells.

Project roll-out
The global engineering tool has been rolled out in the headquarter in Denmark and in the North American division - and will be rolled out in the remaining divisions in the coming years.

In case you have any questions regarding the engineering platform, please contact Martin Stubkjær; mst@union.dk