Initial situation: Ensure traceability for the world's leading automotive supplier


More transparency with seamless traceability

Founded in 1949 in Japan, DENSO is considered the world‘s leading automotive supplier. As well as hardware and software for electronic control units, they develop automotive air conditioning systems. DENSO also drive the development of components for electric and hybrid vehicles.

In order to meet European standards and market requirements, DENSO Germany had specified a development process to be implemented in an integrated tool chain. A solution for the seamless integration of predefined tools was found using technologies that included MKS / PTC Integrity, ARTOP, Enterprise Architect and Eclipse.

The goal was to ensure traceability throughout the development process and thus create more transparency from requirements through to code. The critical success factors of a high degree of adaptability and the use of a future-proof tool platform were emphasized.

Denso now have continous traceability of their requirements. Wolfgang Neuhaus, Managing board

The extensible architecture of YAKINDU Traceability ensures maximum flexibility

DENSO decided on YAKINDU Traceability as a lightweight and innovative way to address the challenge. The support of invasive and non-invasive relationships in addition to the ability to derive relations from arbitrary information, as well as from its own data storage, made it the winning choice.

The enormous flexibility provided by the extensible architecture, and the ability to integrate arbitrary tools were important features of the tool for DENSO. Thus, today, existing traceability functionalities of tools such as MKS / PTC Integrity can be optimally exploited and traceability extended to other tools through the complementary tool adapter.

The specified development process is configured at the end in YAKINDU Traceability to allow for rapid adaptation if required. Likewise, specific report templates were created in collaboration with itemis to support the system development process.

Denso made the following demands on the needed traceability tool:

  • Flexibility provides by an extensible architecture
  • Completeness of traceability over the entire toolchain
  • Report templates support the system development process
  • Easy navigation and visualization

Simple and understandable application results in high satisfaction

The feedback from the engineers at DENSO is consistently positive: In addition to verifying whether, and how requirements are already implemented, they can now also switch quickly between tools and disciplines. Apart from the easy maintenance of relationships, the impressive navigation and visualization make the complexity of today‘s systems easier to see and more tangible. After completion of a three-month project, DENSO now have continuous traceability of their requirements.

Developers, therefore, are now faster due to continuous operations based on reliability, clarity and resilience. According to DENSO, YAKINDU Traceability made the specified development process even better and easier. 

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