Continental Tyres helps people around the world to turn their idea of mobility into reality with their cutting-edge technologies, systems, and service solutions. Their motto is to make mobility and transport safer, more comfortable, more customized, more affordable, and more sustainable.
"Manao Software is truly a great collaborator and enabler who focuses on assisting Continental Tyres’ team to solve problems. They understand our pain points, and they always come up with the best possible solutions and approaches to different scenarios and created an amazing web app that helped us achieve our business goals. They pay attention to quality and security and make sure the work they deliver is of the highest quality. We regard Manao Software as one of our top software development partners and will surely work with them again on other projects in the future."
About Continental Tyres
Continental Tyres is a subsidiary of Continental Corporation. Continental Corporation was founded in Hanover, Germany, in 1871 (as of 2022, it is 151 years old). It ranks among the top 5 automotive suppliers worldwide. Continental Corporation helps people around the world to turn their idea of mobility into reality with their cutting-edge technologies, systems, and service solutions. Their motto is to make mobility and transport safer, more comfortable, more customized, more affordable, and more sustainable. Continental Corporation has USD 37.7 billion annual sales (2020), presences in 58 countries with 561 sites, with 190,000 plus employees around the world.
Continental Tyres (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is a tire plant located in Rayong, Thailand, which was established in 2019. It manufactures Continental’s new passenger and light truck tyres to be the Continental’s manufacturing hub of the Asia and Pacific region.
When Continental’s sales team received new orders, they had to check with different parties and departments about the materials, the conditions of the machines, tools, etc. They also had to figure out whether it was possible to produce the tyres with the customized orders or not. All the analysis and assessments were done using multiple spreadsheets which were time consuming, prone to errors and did not produce accurate results. There was no application or platform that allowed the sales and the production team to check in real-time and in one place. The teams could not determine whether the new orders could be produced or not.
Continental Tyres wanted to create a platform, Product Capability web app, that will allow all parties (the sales team, the engineering team, and the production team) to enter the required data, that is associated with each party, to the web app and access accurate entries. This will allow the Continental Tyres team to create the on-demand orders on the web app, and the web app will calculate the results and determine whether the customized orders can be produced or not.
Manao Software collaborated with the Continental Tyres team to understand the pain points, and on the project inception, requirements gathering, and defining the scope of work.
Some of the highlighted features of the web app are
Capability Entity: This feature allows the users to customize the capability data, including machines, tools, and parameters. It allows the users to dynamically create the machines, tools, parameters, product capabilities and static image layouts.
Feasibility Entity: This feature allows the users (System Administrator, Engineer, Approver) to view the orders list. The users can create, update, save draft, calculate, and publish the order. The user can request the web app to calculate the order feasibility, the web app will calculate and show the results whether the order can be produced or not, or to be reviewed.
Manao Software used the following technologies, tools, and services:
- Used Azure ASP.NET Core 3.1 for the backend and Angular 9 for the frontend
- Used Entity Framework Core 3.1 for managing the database
- Used Azure SQL Server for storing the web app data
- Integrated the web app with Continental Tyres' Active Directory for the authentication
- Used Visual Studio 2019 for the remote deployment via Microsoft Teams.
All services are hosted and operated on Continental Tyres' internal infrastructure (on premise).
Entity Framework Core
Manao Software developed and delivered the Product Capability web app, that is ready to use. The web app was successfully launched on June 14, 2021. The web app provides the feasibility results and the manufacturing capability information to the Continental Tyres team. It helps Continental Tyres on saving costs by not missing the sales opportunities, enhancing productivity, and producing customized and quality tyres that suit the customers’ needs.