In the emerging world of Model-Based Engineering (MBSE) and Model-Based Development (MBD), it can be daunting for many manufacturers to develop a product modeling solution, especially if it is to support the development of accurate product configurators for sales. But it doesn’t need to be that difficult!
With Configuration Lifecycle Management (CLM) solutions, it is possible to quickly develop accurate and reliable product configuration models using a GUI-based tool that does not require in-depth knowledge of product modeling, modeling languages or coding.
It’s hard today to think of a product that has not been digitized; that is to say physical products with embedded software. The embedded software provides a basis for both configurability as well as customization, which are both highly desired by today’s consumers.
Addressing these demands for configurability and customization comes at a cost with products becoming more complex to engineer, manufacture and sell. To manage this complexity, product manufacturers are introducing product configurators to guide customers in the sales process. Product configurators enable salespeople (or customers themselves) to configure products to the customer needs through selection of presented product options. For example, building a car by choosing the color, engine-size, interior etc.