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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Solution capabilities

Bill of Materials Management

Our solution helps you know your product by providing a common source of BOM information across your organization. Whether you need basic BOM management, or more advanced BOM management and configuration with greater flexibility and scalability, you can meet and exceed the market demand for more innovative and varied product offerings.

Engineering Automation

With engineer-to-order capabilities in Rulestream and Teamcenter, you can automate product and process rules. With this automation, you can address new requirements quickly and accurately while ensuring that you meet the constraints determined by your organization. You can create bid and manufacturing packages in minutes rather than weeks. Using Rulestream, you can support customer demands for engineer-to-order products while still remaining profitable.

Flexible Product Line Engineering

Deliver the variety your customers demand while driving profitability. Teamcenter enables a single definition of variability across domains and the lifecycle. Product options aren’t tied to design data, but are managed independently to be leveraged across the organization. This provides an easy to use common source of configuration data. Planners can define products, product lines and features they want bring to market. Engineers can focus on valid configurations. Manufacturing can generate a BOP leveraging that same definition.

Product Configuration Integrations

To truly manage and automate configured products, you need more than a standalone engineer-to-order system and more than standalone product configuration management tools or systems. Siemens PLM provides an integrated product configuration management solution, that enables you leverage the strength of Teamcenter and Rulestream together, as well as the unique capabilities offered by other software. Siemens product configuration management solution integrates with some of the most powerful tools you already use to run your business.