If your product data is accessible across systems and departments, information for all business processes for Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Production, and Service becomes immediately available. Your processes are simultaneously sped up and made clearer. This effective and efficient way of designing a process becomes more and more important - for example in Marketing, in the sales process for new product developments, for customer-specific adjustments or in change management. Here are three typical challenges manufacturing companies are facing:
Product structures form the basis for the best possible representation of a product and its life cycle. Employees in product development, however, often need a different view of the product structure than, for example, employees in production or the service department. Particularly in the area of IoT, in the development and production of mechatronic products, mastering the service structure (as-maintained) as well as cross-domain collaboration are becoming increasingly important.
Efficient and effective development and change processes require a seamless flow of information. Accordingly, "consistency of the product data" is key - from customer to sales to development to production right up to service for the customer - coming full circle. Providing such consistency also increases transparency for all employees involved in the process. Ultimately, it significantly contributes to products reaching a higher standard.
Nowadays, rather often there are numerous separate software solutions established within a company - each of which is considered indispensable for performing the department-specific processes. In many cases, these systems are isolated solutions. As a consequence, certain data must be separately maintained and are commonly not easily accessible. Today's IT technologies enable 'linking' many of these software systems with the product structure. Essential information may thereby be presented in a user and role-friendly way.
Intelliact is knowledgeable in mechanical and plant engineering and knows the requirements and processes along the entire product lifecycle - from the initial idea all the way to the disposal of the product. We have in-depth expertise in information technology to map product data across systems, departments and company boundaries. We show you how to use your product data in a consistent way in Marketing, Sales, Engineering, Production, and Service to gain a competitive advantage. As important foundation for our consulting services, we have a far-reaching understanding of all the commonly used 3D CAD tools, PDM and ERP systems, along with their possible and suitable applications and concepts for integration.
Intelliact is knowledgeable in terms of requirements and product structure best practice in mechanics, electronics and mechatronics: we provide proven expertise in harmonising and orchestrating product structures and their information, as well as transferring them into other views with the purpose of optimum use of the data.
Based on our value propositions mentioned above, we gladly assist you in the following challenges:
During the development phase of the product, we support you to systematically capture and manage product requirements, as well as to map them to the function structure of the product. We consistently align the dependency between function structure and requirements. Hence, it is clear which requirements are affected in case of a change.
We have a broad understanding of the most significant compliance/regulation requirements and support you in mapping these to the product data. New and additional regulations confront companies with ever-increasing challenges. These changes typically apply to Substance Compliance, Export Control, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Approval Office/Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and others.
We support you in the definition and implementation of integrated product structures, taking into account master and transaction data. Together with your specialists, we define the required views of the product structure and determine how these views can be integrated with one another (for example, function structure, development structure, production structure, service structure). Ultimately, a continuous flow of information should be achieved. In this way, you will gain transparency in your product data and to the interfaces to the most important applications such as CAD, PDM, ERP, and others.
We assist you in describing the various requirements in terms of mechanics, electrics/electronics and software on the basis of a function structure, including mapping into product structure views. We are well experienced with the typical requirements of mechanical and plant engineering. Hence, we gladly provide you support in mapping product structures as a prerequisite for enabling and optimising collaboration across domains.
We provide you support in linking your product data and using it consistently - throughout the entire life cycle and along with the entire value chain/network. Accordingly, we ensure ideally defined product structures, taking into account various product types (MTS-ATO-MTO-ETO) and their distinct characteristics with regards to consistency and, for example, easy configuration of products.
Implicit data become explicitly usable (Model Based Engineering): we create transparency of product data and interfaces between the most important applications such as CAD, PDM, ERP and others.
Given consistent product structures, we provide you a workflow-controlled functionality to link tasks to the product to be changed. Thereby, the effects of a change can be easily recognised. This allows you to efficiently plan the change process and to keep track of it until all milestones have been completed, across all departments. Experience gained shows that throughput times can be significantly reduced by means of such a solution.
For example: Case Study of the Kistler Group. Find out how the global market leader in dynamic measuring technology can now automate its change processes - from an amendment to implementation across all affected departments of the organisation.
We support you in organising data, procedures, and processes in such a way that local adjustments to globally defined products can be made consistently and efficiently. This allows you to use global resources in product development and manufacturing to your advantage - always taking into consideration local requirements for materials, standard parts, machinery, and manufacturing processes.
We help you to simplify your daily tasks by working with you to better organize and structure your product data.