All manufacturers of complex, configurable products have a goal of providing their customers with the exact product that suits their specific needs. Whether it is cost, performance, delivery time or sustainability, each customer has their own individual set of requirements that need to be met.

Making more options and variants available to customers increases the chances that they will find a product to fit their requirements. But as a company, predicting what any given customer’s requirements would be is near impossible. So how can you optimize the product selection process to quickly and efficiently deliver the best configurated product based on your customers’ needs?

In this Tech Talk, Stephan Vogt, Technical Pre-Sales Engineer, presents how to empower customers to choose the metric most important to them, and use that as a guidepost when selecting options. Whether that is cost, delivery time, sustainability, or all three, Virtual Tabulation® technology can present a prioritized list of criteria, enabling customers to choose the product that most closely matches their individual business imperatives.

Using the Solution Space, which contains all possible product combinations, manufacturers can choose recommended alternative configurations to meet delivery deadlines despite parts shortages or delays.

Stephan provides an outline of the current business climate around sustainability and supply chain vulnerabilities, including two use cases:

  • Supply chain mediation using external sources and Configit Ace®
  • Optimizing sustainability data across the product portfolio