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Simple, robust and accurate PDF generation at SSL – world’s leading provider of commercial satellites  

Brief portrait of SSL

SSL has a long history of delivering reliable satellites and spacecraft systems for commercial and government customers around the world. As the world’s leading provider of commercial satellites, the company works closely with satellite operators to provide spacecraft for a broad range of services including direct-to-home television, digital audio radio, broadband internet, private networks and mobile communications. Billions of people around the world depend on SSL satellites every day.

Customer Requirements and Implementation 

During development and rollout of Siemens PLM Teamcenter solution SSL evaluated several PDF technology products. Their goal was to automate the conversion of a large number of multiple drawings and MS Office documents to PDF format. The conversion
had to be efficient, robust and highly accurate. It became apparent that the components of PDF Tools AG have one of the highest performance/price ratios.
For this reason IT development decided to integrate PDF Tools AG’s PDF Batch Stamp Tool, 3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter, and 3-Heights™ PDF Extract, with the PLM Teamcenter for batch processing. They developed the required scripts and incorporated the calls in the back office scenarios with PLM Teamcenter application.

Customer Benefits

With the implementation of PDF Tools AG products, the manual process was replaced by an automated back office batch process which is hidden from users. SSL is able to run multiple drawings and various types of MS Office documents, and to create and sort back PDF documents into PLM Teamcenter. Over 25,000 documents were released of which 15,000 with image file. The release of these documents generated approximately 1,200,000 pages.

Customer opinion

After searching and evaluating several PDF automation tools, we selected products of PDF Tools AG to be the tools of choice with our new PLM Teamcenter development and rollout. The simple to use, very robust, and highly accurate PDF generation tools simplified processes and removed manual efforts, now fully integrated into our workflow.

Sassan Khoubyari, IT Director,


The 3‑Heights™ product family from PDF Tools AG stands for:

Customer: SSL, Palo Alto, United States (www.sslmda.com)

Products in use:
PDF Batch Stamp Tool,
3-Heights™ Image to PDF Converter,
3-Heights™ PDF Extract

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