To support our methods and facilitate the processing of large amounts of complex data, we have developed a suite of IT tools that makes the job easier.
Creating successful Modular Architectures is a challenging process. It may very well require your company to make complex decisions about your long-term future at a very early stage.
At this early stage, conventional development methods can be challenging to implement. The scope is broader than your typical development project, because you need to consider your entire portfolio rather than a single product.
To support your company on the journey to becoming truly modular, CPC has developed a set of tools, which aims to analyze and define Modular Architectures as well as assist you in integrating the outcome in your existing IT environment.
Modular Architecture tools
Successful modularization is all about making the right decisions for the future. We want to empower your company to do so by providing a set of tools that allows your company to efficiently:
- Analyze your portfolio to understand the impact of your existing complexity.
- Define new or improved Modular Architectures.
The tools in this section address these needs by focusing on two aspects, which are fundamental to our methodology and way of working:
- Facts and numbers: The ability to analyze complex data and make fact-based decisions across a portfolio of products or projects.
- Operational Visualization: The ability to provide a simple, yet effective overview of Modular Architectures that are understood by stakeholders with various backgrounds.
Creating Modular Architectures that aim to maximize market value requires a sound understanding of customer needs. Not just for the next product or project, but the entire portfolio.
The Customer View aims to deliver just that by providing an effective means of describing essential market requirements across a range of products or projects. Our tool presents the requirements in a visual structure, which can significantly support the collaboration between sales, planning, and engineering departments.
Product structuring is a key enabler to leverage the benefits of Modular Architectures across a range of products. Without a consistent product structure, it is nearly impossible to fully understand and reduce complexity.
The Interface Diagram provides a visual and efficient tool for building product structures that can be applied consistently across your product portfolio.
Variant management is becoming increasingly difficult in many industries. This is because the need for customization or variability towards the market has dramatically increased in recent years.
The Sharing Matrix provides a visual tool for planning and managing variants across your product portfolio to maximize the market value with minimal impact on complexity.
The benefits of modularization in the production line depends on your design and operations engineers’ ability to collaborate efficiently.
The Production Sequence tool aims to increase transparency by allowing operations engineers to build production structures based directly on the Interface Diagram (EBOM). The tool provides a visual overview, which supports your engineers in planning and aligning the production setup across multiple factories or production lines.
Quantifying the effects of modularization is imperative to securing the realization and long-term commitments to the efforts.
CPC has developed a range of tools to quantify and visualize the financial and technical impacts of complexity along with the benefits gained by transitioning towards Modular Architectures.
Digital Architecture tools
It’s safe to say that only companies that are capable of full implementation across their organization will see the full potential of Modular Architectures.
However, the reality is different in most companies, where modularization efforts are often managed by a global support function or a small group of dedicated champions within each product/business line.
Taking active steps to integrate Modular Architectures (design and management) in your IT systems will heavily influence practices in nearly all functions/departments within your organization. That’s why it’s vital to consider your IT landscape to make a successful leap from dedicated micro teams to full-blown implementation.
CPC has vast experience in combining Modular Architectures with modern IT systems. The two most critical being Product Data Management (PDM) and Configuration.
PDM provides Design Engineers with an opportunity to define and build product structures before initiating their design work. This improves structure control and, along with that, a range of other benefits.
CPC has developed a two-way Engineering Bills of Materials (EBOM) integration tool that allows your engineers to load and synchronize product structures directly between the Interface Diagram and PDM environment. The tool supports your company in securing cross-project consistency while also greatly improving new-project efficiency.
PDM provides Operation Engineers with opportunities to define and build production structures in parallel with design work. This improves collaboration and supports operations to be involved at a much earlier stage of development. Furthermore, PDM provides efficient means of building and managing Manufacturing Bill of Materials (MBOMs) and Process Plans.
CPC has developed a two-way MBOM integration tool, which allows your engineers to load and synchronize production structures directly between the Production Sequence and PDM environment. The tool supports your company in securing cross-project consistency while also greatly improving efficiency when initiating new projects.
Configuration allows you to create customer-specific products that are based on predefined rules. This means that all generated configurations are valid and possible to produce. Owning these configuration capabilities enables the re-use of exiting solutions while providing added value to the customers.
CPC offers a custom tool that visualizes the configuration rules and where the customer needs are connected to the product structure. This tool has a two-way integration, which allows your engineers to load the configuration options directly to your Configuration software or PDM environment and connects them to the product structure.
The tool also supports your company in configuring products based on customer needs without creating additional complexity.