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RuleDesigner Design to Cost

Evaluation of product costs already at the design stage


Evaluation of product costs at the product design phase

The development product phase has a central role in the product life-cycle because it has a high impact on the final quality . The main activities in this phase are the design and the conceptual process planning and two of the main goals are the estimation and the reduction of manufacturing costs of the product.

It is necessary to consider the costification  problem as soon as possible, already in the product design phase, because the costs of any changes are as much as higher as later these are caused.

In a growing demanding global market, a company that is not able to estimate its costs quickly and the right price of its products, it jeopardises its survival.

RuleDesigner “Design to Cost” solution is a valid support for the evaluation of the components cost or assemblies that are already in the design phase.


Budgeting in only 7 steps

Creation / Change of preventive part-number

In the initial phase it is possible to choose whether to create a new quotation or uploading an existing one for editing or using as a template.

BOM definition

First of all, there is the definition of BOM for the part-number quotation by adding, delating or importing links from different sources (including excel, text or CAD files) and in different formats ( parent part-number, child part-number or based on the level).

The ties are represented in two ways:

  • Tree structure as first level bonds added with quantity part-number
  • Tabular representation with description, unit costs, quantity, type of assemblies

If in the BOM there are already quoted part-numbers, with RuleDesigner DesigntoCost, the related cost fields are already promoted by the re-estimation of the costs based on the quantity.

Definition of the elements' properties

It is possible to define the list of properties for each element and receive the relative estimation. Possibility to retrieve existing information automatically by uploading the relative CAD file. The automatic generation of  technological part-number allows to group the elements characterized by the same technology.

Definition of workflow lifecycles

Management of the information related to workflow cycle focusing on: work center, type of processing and parameters. Functions for extracting data from database with tabular summary of operations that are closer to the required parameters. Retrieve of the processing type and of the machine placement necessary to realize it.

Definition of treatment types

Definition of coating types to be applied with the possibility of automatically get the physical properties already specified in the estimation configuration phase.

Quote generation

In the last phase, RuleDesigner provides a quote proposal that can be set as “make” mode, for the in-house production, or as a “buy” mode to evaluate the cost in outsourcing with different possible vendors and countries. The estimation of the report contains all the detailed information of the machine placement such as processing, treatments, raw materials, materials, unit cost and amortization curve  as the quantity increases. The estimation chosen will be used to enhanced the cost in the BOM.

By modifying the quantity and assembly, on each individual element, RuleDesigner automatically recalculates the new unit cost, the assembly time cost and the total on the new production batch.

Watch how it is possible to estimate costs in the project phase.


Automatic grouping of different pieces into technological families united by productive similarity.
Estimation comparison for the technological part-number in “Outsourcing” mode to provide country or in “In house” mode.
Report quotations in PDF, Excel or html format and with detail items such as cycle workflow, treatments, raw material, materials and costs summery table.

Entry times for new machining operations, Machine set-up time (Set-Up time), Processing (Run-Time), Treatments with relative costs and units of measurement.


Fast and reliable estimation

Speed up the process generation of the quotes by lightening the project managers workload


Simply to use

Interface that leads users to insert attributes correctly


Data base update independently

Facilities for database maintenance, insertion and updating run time.


Reduction of costs

The gathering of different pieces into technological families allows to reduce the machine placement time.


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