OVERVIEW

Manufacturing companies face the need to manage, control and share increasing amounts of data. Collaborative management aims to accelerate and promote the dissemination and sharing of corporate information, improving coordination, speed and capture of feedback. The sharing of information among all the actors involved along the Product Lifecycle management process becomes a key factor for success. PDM is the enabling technology that allows real-time control of the entire process and, in its broader PLM sense, to break down company information silos towards a consistent data flow without redundancies.

Support business innovation

Fast access to all the most up-to-date information circulating around the company allows for greater flexibility and better speed of innovation and response to changes.

Collaboration in the extended company

Web access to data in a single and shared database enables interdepartmental collaboration, eliminates geographical barriers and increases communication speed in the value chain.

It governs the complexity of the product

The complete management of the product structures increases the ability to manage all variants and customizations

Improve process performance

PLM allows you to improve business performance especially in relation to process management. PLM implements automated workflows with which to speed up and strengthen decision-making processes, impacting time to market.

Create tight integration into the value chain

The creation of a collaborative and participatory environment favors the opening of the organization also towards the outside, involving all the company’s stakeholders, allowing information to flow and create a dynamic environment that generates added value.

Reuse of Technical data

In order to eliminate redundancies and inefficiencies in the management of technical product information, it is necessary a system that allows the reuse of Product Technical Data. RuleDesigner speeds up and facilitates data retrieval by simplifying data reuse. Thanks to configurable classification rules that assign specific attributes to a component or assembly, it is possible to uniquely identify information and organize them efficiently. Powerful parametric research tools ensure the immediate retrieval of information with results returned in different formats for each type of purpose.

Optimized BOM Management

In order to serve the needs of the different corporate functions, BOMs must meet different requirements in terms of composition and output format RuleDesigner allows to; quickly get the BOM directly from the CAD assemblies or external resources and modify them by adding, removing or moving the components; to produce different BOM views (Technical, production, sales) based on the user’s need; to create reports in numerous formats; and to send information to external systems. Tracking change and comparing them with previous revisions contribute to the optimization of information management.

Task Automation

Often, designer spend their daily time in performing repetitive tasks that do not generate value but require lots of efforts in terms of time.. At the end of a project, who does not have to prepare the print, the conversion, the publication in pdf or other part or the whole project? How long these activities require? RuleDesigner can automatically perform all these batch repetitive operations allowing project managers to optimize their time and to the company their resources.

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Project workflow

Design companies that focus their work exclusively on projects, have the need to track and monitor the progress of their projects and job orders, coordinating also the activities of the technical office. In this scenario, it is crucial the concept of “process” made up of activities, resources and phases that follow workflows and that have variants, deadlines, etc... It is essential that these entities are created, organized, managed and monitored through a Product Technical Data management system along with Project Management functionalities such as RuleDesigner. RuleDesigner , a flexible system that easily adapt itself to changing scenarios, allows to configure workflows to automate tasks an approval workflows, making possible to define managers, access to data and implement automatic notifications. Building workflows brings great advantage since they promotes adherence to company best-practices and information that is always up to date and accurate.

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Document Management

The new machinery directive requires manufactures to draw up and keep specific documentation to demonstrate the compliance of the machines produced. According to the directive, manufacturers need to justify technical choices in case of requests by monitoring bodies and they have to adopt tools aimed at managing documents for the entire period established by law (10 years since the launch of the product on the market). RuleDesigner, by managing the entire information workflow of the technical folder, with workflows, phases, appointed functions and managers, allows to also involve and collaborate with those functions that administrate documents and quality issues.

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Collaboration among multiple design offices

Organizations that operate worldwide need to manage the synchronization of technical data in order to provide a correct and updated sharing of information and adhesion to the corporate best practices. RuleDesigner PDM, with a multi-site management of technical data, implements synchronization rules with the possibility to customize them according to different degrees of visibility of the DB and with the possibility to allow or deny the synchronization of singles or a range of codes.

Collaboration with suppliers

Optimize the relationships with your own providers means working in a partnership, preserving strong relationships with a view to collaborative innovation. From an operational point of view, RuleDesigner allows to cope with such a challenge by easily sharing technical information needed for the creation of products and by activating a close collaboration through management and traceability of discussion threads on products or projects.

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Collaboration with production

At the end of the approval cycles for the release of the technical data, the Production area must consult the BOM to define the composition of the finished product and the different levels of entities. Also, It has to be able to forward change requests to the Technical Office before the production. RuleDesigner, combined with Product Structure, supports the presales and aftersales activities, promoting collaboration and sharing of configurable, account-based information via web.

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Collaboration with the Sales & Service

During the offer phase, the sales staff needs to consult technical data related to one or more products such as product data sheets, documents, forms and more. Also, for orders coming from sales deals, the sales staff needs to monitor the status of their projects and job orders. RuleDesigner, combined with Product Structure and Project Management capabilities, supports presales and aftersales activities, promoting collaboration and sharing of configurable, account-based information via web.

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