KEYNOTE: Why a Unified Configuration Solution Can Scale Your Engineering Process

Lakshminarayanan C
Industry Principal
Infosys Limited, Infosys

Abstract

With demand for enterprise integration and customized product offerings increasing, engineering has to sync with configuration lifecycle management concepts. Product complexity is increased due to digitized products with embedded technology, Servitization / Products-as-a-Service and more as well as a transformation from Engineer-to-Order to Configure-to-Order and product modularization. This has pushed the engineering function to its limits. The PLM systems are rapidly evolving to keep up and the product configuration for many still contains a lot of manual handovers and disconnected processes.

But how do you manage this complexity and automate processes to increase the engineering productivity and bring back valuable time for engineers to innovate?

It can only be successful if engineering adapts to an enterprise-wide, cross-functional ecosystem of configuration data based on integrated digital thread. This presentation will stress how a strong Configuration Lifecycle Management process is a key enabler for the digital transformation of the digital thread in engineering functions. It will be explained how Configuration Lifecycle Management addresses the core of orchestrating and providing a unified configuration solution to respond better to growing customer demands and minimize the risk of configuration errors, and at the same time increase the engineering productivity.

Reducing Complexity to Increase Engineering Productivity – CLM Use Cases

Henrik Hulgaard
Founder and CTO
Configit

Abstract

Increasing product complexity is a challenge for manufacturers, with many companies looking to scale their PLM systems to accommodate this influx of product configuration data. But this strategy is based on the assumption that product configuration complexity is solely an engineering concern. In this presentation, Henrik Hulgaard will explain how adding an ‘intelligence layer’ using Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) to your PLM system will make it easier to manage the complexity in defining, managing, and analyzing product configuration rules at scale. Reducing modeling time, managing more products with the same resources, and smoothing the transition from Engineer-to-Order to Configure-to-Order – all with fewer manual processes and no errors.​

 
 

Case: Johnson Controls – Ensuring Accuracy and Integrity in the Product Selection Process

Van Vawter
IT Business Lead
Johnson Controls

Joe Collier
Staff Information Technology Project Manager
Johnson Controls

Abstract

Johnson Controls offers a full range of systems and digital solutions that make buildings smarter. A smarter building is safer, more comfortable, more efficient, and, ultimately, more sustainable. These systems and digital solutions include HVAC Equipment, Building Automation and Controls, Security, Fire Detection and Suppression systems, and much more. The HVAC business, in particular, builds complex machines that are highly engineered to order. To ensure accuracy and integrity in the selection process, this business relies heavily on Configit products to eliminate errors. In this presentation, Van Vawter and Joe Collier will showcase how Configit’s tools have helped save time and money and contributed to an improved customer experience and satisfied customers.

How to Leverage PLM to Master Product Complexity

Anders Rasmussen
Senior Principal Software Developer
Configit

Abstract

Traditionally, product lifecycles were linear processes, with PLM systems handling design and engineering from start to finish. Today, manufacturing companies strive to let customers configure their products to support their individual personal needs, while harvesting the resulting data and behavior patterns to detect new trends. This new landscape of increasingly complex products can no longer be managed using the traditional linear processes, and present significant challenges to manufacturers on their digital transformation journey.
Join Anders Rasmussen, Senior Principal Software Developer at Configit, for the Tech Talk, “How to Leverage PLM to Master Product Complexity,” as he discusses why integrating a PLM system with Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) provides the scale needed to meet the growing complexity of products and dynamic customer requirements without impacting existing system installations and processes.
By providing a single source of configuration truth, CLM establishes a basis of close collaboration between departments, providing product designers and engineers with the ability to execute configurations, work directly with logic, and connect to the rest of the organization, as well as supply-chain partners, vendors and even customers themselves.

 
 
 

Configuration Lifecycle Management for Engineering – Trends and Functionalities

Henrik Hulgaard
Founder and CTO
Configit

Morten Christensen
Senior Principal Configuration Consultant
Configit

Abstract

In this presentation, Configit Chief Technology Officer Henrik Hulgaard will cover important emerging trends in the market and their implications for Engineering including:

— Digitized products with embedded technology
— Servitization / Products-as-a-Service

In addition, you will learn how to utilize the functionalities of a Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) platform to support system configuration. Morten Christensen, Senior Principal Configuration Consultant, will provide a real-life example on how a Configit customer transformed from Engineer-to-Order to Configure-to-Order using their CLM platform to support an efficient quotation process.

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