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This is how manufacturing companies get through the crisis safely

Companies in the manufacturing industry are not exempt from the current crisis, quite the opposite. The skyrocketing energy prices are accompanied by disruptions in supply chains that threaten the existence of the company. And despite all this, they should still manufacture their products according to sustainability principles. These are huge challenges, but they can be overcome with the right technical equipment: an integrated software solution for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and product configurator (Configure Price Quote = CPQ).

In uncertain times, the general conditions can change overnight. Design and manufacturing departments have to replan at lightning speed, new parts have to be created, purchased or installed, customers expect ad hoc information about products, prices and delivery dates. An integrated PLM/CPQ solution makes all of this possible. It is a speed booster for production, especially in times of crisis. If manufacturers can do their work five times faster, it will be nothing less than a revolution in the current design and manufacturing culture. 

All departments benefit from the PLM-CPQ connection

Thanks to the perfect interaction of the software components, products can be configured quickly and easily directly in the PLM system. The design is based on rule-based work; all data and documents up to the production parts list are stored in a central system. An enormous increase in efficiency along the entire product life cycle, from which all departments in the company benefit – from sales to production.

For this to work, collaboration is required. Between PLM and CPQ, but also to adjacent systems. It doesn’t work without bidirectional exchange with ERP systems and CAD programs. Only through this mutual exchange is a smart and automated flow of information possible and saves time-consuming manual work of the same kind over and over again.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLM FOR MANUFACTURING

Unlock the secrets of PLM and take control of your product development journey. Click now for our comprehensive ‘PLM for Manufacturers’ guide!

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO PLM FOR MANUFACTURING

Unlock the secrets of PLM and take control of your product development journey. Click now for our comprehensive ‘PLM for Manufacturers’ guide!

Overcome the three biggest challenges

An integrated PLM/CPQ solution helps manufacturing companies address their three biggest challenges today:

Supply chains

In the past, disrupted supply chains caused great uncertainty for manufacturing companies – this will continue to be a challenge. They don’t know whether a particular part is still available, what quantities they can expect and what delivery date. With an integrated PLM/CPQ solution, you simply select an alternative part in the product configurator. This gives companies maximum flexibility in product selection and high reusability.

Energy

An integrated PLM-CPQ solution with ERP connection immediately helps companies reduce energy costs. If the design department no longer wants to create certain parts as manufactured parts but as purchased parts, this change is stored as a rule in the configurator and is linked to the ERP system. There is information about where the part can be ordered, what the purchase price is, how long the delivery times are, etc. All of this data is brought together in a database, the Product Data Backbone. This means that the fitter has the information available, as does construction, purchasing and management. And if a sales configurator is in use where customers can configure their products themselves, the element will also be replaced there.

Sustainability

Products need to be made more sustainable every day. In view of international competition, technical requirements change almost every month and should be implemented by the design department as quickly as possible! Engineers or designers must know which components classified as sustainable should be installed as preferred parts. In the configurator, you create a rule to only receive parts from sustainably certified suppliers. When it comes to speed, they are already ahead and have given their company a valuable competitive advantage.

Conclusion:

In view of the multiple challenges, designing, manufacturing and offering products more quickly is required. With a CPQ solution, products can be put together with a click of the mouse. You can run through different variants, visualize the result in 3D and at the same time receive the appropriate price information with an offer in the customer’s corresponding language.

Integrating these features into the interface of a product lifecycle management system is something that small, medium and large technical companies have been asking for for a long time. Revalize’s PRO.FILE product configurator is one such combination. Products are configured quickly and easily directly in the PLM system; At the same time, all data and documents up to the production parts list are stored in a single system.

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