Pre-series crucial for success of series production

The management of tests and pre-series stands is costly and time-consuming. At the same time, pre-series is crucial for the success of series production. Prototypes and samples are manufactured individually through complex coordination processes. This involves sourcing pre-production parts while BOMs are still in development, managing testing and prototyping, and meeting critical compliance requirements. With the extensive and small-scale material planning and many changes common in pre-production, there is a great risk in proceeding without appropriate support. Test Management & Ramp-up offers a remedy: The Elements module ensures a smooth transition from pre-series to production.     

Benefits

  • Transparency in the pre-series process thanks to matchless support
  • Map series startup process robustly and control it cost-effectively
  • Use prototype BOM to plan materials requirements precisely and to schedule
  • Record activities in prototyping and testing and synchronize tools with production

Ensure transparency in the pre-series process thanks to matchless support

Pre-series refers to the transition from a virtual product model to samples and prototypes and right up to ramping up and start of production (SOP). In this phase, it is necessary to define the scope of samples, schedule pre-series parts, control prototyping and testing, and synchronize toolmaking.

Process reliability in the transition phase
You have to procure parts while the BOMs are still in development. Disciplines such as development, purchasing, sample construction and toolmaking must coordinate their activities. At the same time, do critical compliance requirements have to be met. For example, you must document the build status and lifecycle of your samples and prototypes. With CONTACT's unique Ramp-up solution, you can ensure transparency and process reliability in the transition phase between development and production.

Ensure transparency in the pre-series process thanks to matchless support

Pre-series refers to the transition from a virtual product model to samples and prototypes and right up to ramping up and start of production (SOP). In this phase, it is necessary to define the scope of samples, schedule pre-series parts, control prototyping and testing, and synchronize toolmaking.

Process reliability in the transition phase
You have to procure parts while the BOMs are still in development. Disciplines such as development, purchasing, sample construction and toolmaking must coordinate their activities. At the same time, do critical compliance requirements have to be met. For example, you must document the build status and lifecycle of your samples and prototypes. With CONTACT's unique Ramp-up solution, you can ensure transparency and process reliability in the transition phase between development and production.

Pre-series refers to the transition from a virtual product model to samples and prototypes and right up to ramping up and start of production (SOP). In this phase, it is necessary to define the scope of samples, schedule pre-series parts, control prototyping and testing, and synchronize toolmaking.

Process reliability in the transition phase
You have to procure parts while the BOMs are still in development. Disciplines such as development, purchasing, sample construction and toolmaking must coordinate their activities. At the same time, do critical compliance requirements have to be met. For example, you must document the build status and lifecycle of your samples and prototypes. With CONTACT's unique Ramp-up solution, you can ensure transparency and process reliability in the transition phase between development and production.

Map your series startup process robustly and control it cost-effectively

In the transition from PLM-controlled development processes to ERP-controlled series processes, there is usually no uniform database for controlling the pre-series. Specialist departments therefore make do with error-prone on-board tools such as Excel and e-mail communication. Test Management & Ramp-up closes this gap. The solid and pragmatic mapping of cost-intensive pre-production processes makes them secure and transparent. The solution extends from the planning of prototypes to the documentation of prototype construction and testing to synchronization with production.

Active control: reduce errors – increase adherence to schedules
Test Management & Ramp-up enables active control of all pre-production processes. The effects of design or schedule changes on prototyping, testing and tools become transparent across disciplines. This enables you to avoid parallel work, coordination problems and thus costly corrections and rework. The bottom line for you is higher adherence to schedules, fewer errors and more cost efficiency in the transition from development to production!

In the transition from PLM-controlled development processes to ERP-controlled series processes, there is usually no uniform database for controlling the pre-series. Specialist departments therefore make do with error-prone on-board tools such as Excel and e-mail communication. Test Management & Ramp-up closes this gap. The solid and pragmatic mapping of cost-intensive pre-production processes makes them secure and transparent. The solution extends from the planning of prototypes to the documentation of prototype construction and testing to synchronization with production.

Active control: reduce errors – increase adherence to schedules
Test Management & Ramp-up enables active control of all pre-production processes. The effects of design or schedule changes on prototyping, testing and tools become transparent across disciplines. This enables you to avoid parallel work, coordination problems and thus costly corrections and rework. The bottom line for you is higher adherence to schedules, fewer errors and more cost efficiency in the transition from development to production!

Use a prototype BOM to plan your materials requirements precisely and to schedule

Test Management & Ramp-up starts with the definition of the required prototypes. It supports gradual refinement and planning of the units needed. At the core of the documentation is a prototype BOM that is independent of the engineering BOM and the series specifications. This permits subassemblies and allows the use of predecessor parts, for instance, and can be refined down to the level of a single instance. Change processes are supported by allowing the engineering BOM and the prototype BOM to be compared at any time.

Cost-efficient, precise resource planning – on-time availability
The solution offers the possibility to plan prototype parts even without series ERP structures. The procurement scopes can be scheduled and are grouped in blocks to collect requirements from different prototypes or projects. This enables efficient, joint scheduling and the use of economies of scale. CONTACT's Catalyst integration technology permits data to be further processed seamlessly in ERP systems, for instance for order processing or notifications from the incoming goods department.

Use a prototype BOM to plan your materials requirements precisely and to schedule

Test Management & Ramp-up starts with the definition of the required prototypes. It supports gradual refinement and planning of the units needed. At the core of the documentation is a prototype BOM that is independent of the engineering BOM and the series specifications. This permits subassemblies and allows the use of predecessor parts, for instance, and can be refined down to the level of a single instance. Change processes are supported by allowing the engineering BOM and the prototype BOM to be compared at any time.

Cost-efficient, precise resource planning – on-time availability
The solution offers the possibility to plan prototype parts even without series ERP structures. The procurement scopes can be scheduled and are grouped in blocks to collect requirements from different prototypes or projects. This enables efficient, joint scheduling and the use of economies of scale. CONTACT's Catalyst integration technology permits data to be further processed seamlessly in ERP systems, for instance for order processing or notifications from the incoming goods department.

Test Management & Ramp-up starts with the definition of the required prototypes. It supports gradual refinement and planning of the units needed. At the core of the documentation is a prototype BOM that is independent of the engineering BOM and the series specifications. This permits subassemblies and allows the use of predecessor parts, for instance, and can be refined down to the level of a single instance. Change processes are supported by allowing the engineering BOM and the prototype BOM to be compared at any time.

Cost-efficient, precise resource planning – on-time availability
The solution offers the possibility to plan prototype parts even without series ERP structures. The procurement scopes can be scheduled and are grouped in blocks to collect requirements from different prototypes or projects. This enables efficient, joint scheduling and the use of economies of scale. CONTACT's Catalyst integration technology permits data to be further processed seamlessly in ERP systems, for instance for order processing or notifications from the incoming goods department.

Record activities in prototyping and testing

Test Management & Ramp-up maps the definition of construction and test orders using proven project management functions such as scheduling and resource planning, task management and release mechanisms. You can precisely document individual activities in workshops and test stands with reference to samples and prototypes - including conversions, damage and rework requirements. On this basis, you can create a resume documentation of samples and prototypes, including test reports and image documentation.

Synchronize tools with production
The solution for an agile and at the same time reliable process management of the series start-up is rounded off by the project-based mapping of tools and equipment as load carriers with their own parts list and reference to the respective design parts list. The part reference of the tools to product components enables a comparison between tool and product development. In this way, cross effects become quickly visible, especially when changes are made.

Test Management & Ramp-up maps the definition of construction and test orders using proven project management functions such as scheduling and resource planning, task management and release mechanisms. You can precisely document individual activities in workshops and test stands with reference to samples and prototypes - including conversions, damage and rework requirements. On this basis, you can create a resume documentation of samples and prototypes, including test reports and image documentation.

Synchronize tools with production
The solution for an agile and at the same time reliable process management of the series start-up is rounded off by the project-based mapping of tools and equipment as load carriers with their own parts list and reference to the respective design parts list. The part reference of the tools to product components enables a comparison between tool and product development. In this way, cross effects become quickly visible, especially when changes are made.

Welcome to Sample City!

CONTACT guides you all the way from downtown Ramp-Up City to the SOP dockland production waters.
Starting with order and resource management, we generate explicit sample BOMs and ensure index-specific part availability. Logbooks contain life-cycle documentation for samples, parts and units. In parallel, we synchronize product and process development, tooling and equipment.

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Related Elements

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Reliable transfer of the changes made to engineering BOMs to production

Direct transfer of work plans for processing production orders

Ideal coordination between tool design and product development

Make relationships between products and tools transparent

Shorten time to market by parallelizing design and work preparation

Avoid delays to the start of production and additional costs with integrated project management

Seamless integration of suppliers

Efficiently create product architectures and structures

Develop requirements-oriented products

Create mechatronic product structures for systems engineering

Configure variants with 150% BOMs

Manage BOMs and ensuring compliance

Use reliable interfaces between development and production

Accelerate product development through intelligent management of simulation data and processes

Make simulation processes available company-wide with best practices

Automate processes without programming effort

Save time and reduce errors by integrating the CAD and CAE process chains

Fast and reliable synchronization of engineering and manufacturing BOMs

Efficient interaction between development and production planning

Fast and safe elimination of quantity differences

Synchronization with other parts lists for service, spare parts and maintenance

Reliably evaluate deviations directly in the 3D model 

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