Custom Equipment Design

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Heavy equipment manufacturers get ever more requests for specialized custom equipment design. Across industries, companies are trying out innovative techniques, targeting new levels of productivity, sustainability, safety, and more. This often requires specialized machinery. Besides, as those companies are operating globally, they might need equipment that is suitable for specific local conditions or that is compliant with local regulations. Accommodating such individual requirements in a profitable way is challenging, especially as equipment is becoming increasingly complex.

Siemens helps heavy equipment manufacturers deliver all types of custom equipment design more efficiently by offering them an environment with modules for configure-to-order (CTO) design, engineer-to-order (ETO) design, or any combination in between. By using those solutions for CTO and ETO, heavy equipment manufacturers can build new configurations faster while maximizing commonality and reuse, speed up the development of new parts using automation, and improve collaboration and efficiency during verification and validation of numerous custom equipment design variants.

Heavy equipment manufacturers get ever more requests for specialized custom equipment design. Across industries, companies are trying out innovative techniques, targeting new levels of productivity, sustainability, safety, and more. This often requires specialized machinery. Besides, as those companies are operating globally, they might need equipment that is suitable for specific local conditions or that is compliant with local regulations. Accommodating such individual requirements in a profitable way is challenging, especially as equipment is becoming increasingly complex.

Siemens helps heavy equipment manufacturers deliver all types of custom equipment design more efficiently by offering them an environment with modules for configure-to-order (CTO) design, engineer-to-order (ETO) design, or any combination in between. By using those solutions for CTO and ETO, heavy equipment manufacturers can build new configurations faster while maximizing commonality and reuse, speed up the development of new parts using automation, and improve collaboration and efficiency during verification and validation of numerous custom equipment design variants.

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Maximize commonality and reuse during custom equipment design

When offering custom equipment design, OEMs can achieve massive time and cost savings if they can maximize reuse of existing parts and components and if they optimize the commonality across the variants they have. To make this possible, their product planners must have access to data across all business lines and product segments as well as tools to leverage existing parts in building new configurations and validating those for compatibility. Those configuration-related choices should be made prior to and independent from the actual design process. And that single variability definition should then be maintained throughout the lifecycle. By doing so, decisions will be made for business reasons while everyone downstream in the process can focus on valid configurations using consistent data.

Enable any degree of custom equipment design

Offering customers more freedom of choice is commercially very interesting. But it adds pressure on the design team, as unique design requires dedicated engineering and because managing product data is more challenging if all serial numbers are different. A thorough digitalization of the design process is indispensable to achieve full custom equipment design or ETO. OEMs can save a massive amount of time if they can automate a part of the engineering process. For example, if based on legacy data, they can set up a rules engine where customer requirements and their organization’s capabilities are coupled and from which they can automatically generate technical content. In most cases however, requests are neither ETO not CTO, but somewhere in between. For those cases, design engineers need tools that have both CTO and ETO solutions, and where one solution is driving the other. Then any degree of custom equipment design can be accomplished efficiently.

Gain efficiency and flexibility by improving collaboration between custom equipment design stakeholders

Especially when working on various configurations simultaneously, OEMs cannot afford to lose time redoing work because teams for different disciplines were using inconsistent data or doing double work because they are not fully aware of each other’s activities. Therefore, it’s important that all stakeholders in the custom equipment design process, including peripheral divisions and suppliers, are connected through a common platform, where they have access to the same up-to-date data, so they can smoothly collaborate. By deploying such a digital infrastructure, many activities will happen way more efficiently, including generating the Bill of Materials, CAD, simulation and more. Such a platform should also facilitate proper change management. Change is necessary to continuously improve equipment, but it may impact many product areas. Understanding ‘how’ is crucial to make informed decisions or to anticipate. To implement change effectively and safely, it is necessary to deploy a systematic approach that provides increased visibility and control, across the various teams that may be impacted.

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Flexible Produktreihenentwicklung

Liefern Sie die Vielfalt, die Ihre Kunden erwarten, und erhöhen Sie gleichzeitig die Rentabilität. Teamcenter ermöglicht eine einzige Definition der Variabilität während der gesamten Lebensdauer und über verschiedene Domänen hinweg. Produktoptionen sind nicht an Konstruktionsdaten gebunden, sondern werden unabhängig davon verwaltet und können daher in der gesamten Organisation genutzt werden. So profitieren Sie von einer einzigen gemeinsamen Quelle für Konfigurationsdaten, die sich ganz einfach bedienen lässt. Planer können Produkte, Produktreihen und Features definieren, die sie auf den Markt bringen möchten. Konstrukteure können sich auf gültige Konfigurationen konzentrieren. Die Fertigungsabteilung kann anhand der gleichen Definition eine Prozessliste generieren.

Integrierte Produktkonfiguration

Um konfigurierte Produkte wirklich sinnvoll zu verwalten und zu automatisieren, benötigen Sie nicht nur ein eigenständiges Engineer-to-Order-System und eigenständige Tools oder Systeme für das Produktkonfigurations-Management. Siemens PLM Software bietet eine integrierte Lösung für das Produktkonfigurations-Management, mit der Sie die Vorteile von Teamcenter und Rulestream sowie die einmaligen Funktionen anderer Softwarelösungen in Kombination nutzen können. Die Siemens-Lösung für das Produktkonfigurations-Management lässt sich in die meisten von Ihnen für Ihr Business bereits verwendeten Tools integrieren.

Konstruktionsautomation

Mit Engineer-to-Order-Funktionen in Rulestream und Teamcenter können Sie Produkt- und Prozessregeln automatisieren. Mit dieser Automatisierung können Sie neue Anforderungen schnell und präzise umsetzen und gleichzeitig sicherstellen, dass Sie die von Ihrer Organisation definierten Bedingungen erfüllen. Sie können Ausschreibungs- und Fertigungspakete innerhalb weniger Minuten anstatt mehrerer Wochen erstellen. Mit Rulestream können Sie die Nachfrage der Kunden nach Engineer-to-Order-Produkten erfüllen und dennoch rentabel wirtschaften.

Stücklistenmanagement

Unsere Lösung bietet Ihrem gesamten Unternehmen eine gemeinsame Quelle für Stücklisteninformationen, damit Sie Ihr Produkt in- und auswendig kennen. Unabhängig davon, ob Sie nur ein elementares Stücklistenmanagement benötigen oder ein fortgeschrittenes Stücklistenmanagement mit größerer Flexibilität und Skalierbarkeit bei der Stücklistenkonfiguration, mit Teamcenter können Sie die Marktnachfrage nach innovativen und vielfältigen Produktangeboten erfüllen und sogar übertreffen.