High tool costs and long delivery times demand clear decision-making processes

Tools and production equipment are often expensive key components, which for example can cost up to several hundred thousand euros when it comes to injection molding and mold making. Coordination with internal tool design or external suppliers therefore requires a great deal of care. Not least because tool manufacture itself is a long process, and it is important that the risks of front loading be minimized and order placement be optimized.

Advantages for enterprises and employees

  • 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

Make relationships between products and tools transparent

Tool design as a separate entity with its own tools normally leads an isolated existence. As a result, the interrelationships between product and tool are often not transparent. Tool Design permits the comprehensive mapping of relationships between the product and the required tools. This makes it possible for tools to be taken into account when technical changes are made to a product by reliably mapping the CAD data of the tool to the model data of the product.

Tool design as a separate entity with its own tools normally leads an isolated existence. As a result, the interrelationships between product and tool are often not transparent. Tool Design permits the comprehensive mapping of relationships between the product and the required tools. This makes it possible for tools to be taken into account when technical changes are made to a product by reliably mapping the CAD data of the tool to the model data of the product.

Parallelize design and work preparation – shorten the time to market

With CONTACT Elements as a cross-discipline database, you create the prerequisite for simultaneous engineering. Tool Design allows you to work on tasks in parallel or with a certain amount of overlap. For example, the work preparation department can plan the manufacturing steps and production equipment before design engineering has been completed. This allows you to shorten the time to market by up to 30 percent. 

With CONTACT Elements as a cross-discipline database, you create the prerequisite for simultaneous engineering. Tool Design allows you to work on tasks in parallel or with a certain amount of overlap. For example, the work preparation department can plan the manufacturing steps and production equipment before design engineering has been completed. This allows you to shorten the time to market by up to 30 percent. 

Save time and costs with integrated project management

Integrated project management ensures that coordination between product development and tool design remains transparent. Joint schedule and task planning using task boards and open issues ensure clearly-defined responsibilities and problem-free workflows.  Early production planning with coordinated work plans and manufacturing BOMs allow you to accelerate the start of production and avoid additional costs resulting from a lack of coordination.

Cross-departmental task management with all relevant contextual information and documents using task boards

Integrated project management ensures that coordination between product development and tool design remains transparent. Joint schedule and task planning using task boards and open issues ensure clearly-defined responsibilities and problem-free workflows.  Early production planning with coordinated work plans and manufacturing BOMs allow you to accelerate the start of production and avoid additional costs resulting from a lack of coordination.

Seamlessly integrate tool and production equipment suppliers

Seamlessly integrate external suppliers of tools and production equipment in your processes using a collaboration environment designed for engineering. Exchange requirements, changes and design data for machine tools intelligently and securely via CONTACT's Collaboration Hub. This makes costly coordination errors and friction losses a thing of the past.

Seamlessly integrate external suppliers of tools and production equipment in your processes using a collaboration environment designed for engineering. Exchange requirements, changes and design data for machine tools intelligently and securely via CONTACT's Collaboration Hub. This makes costly coordination errors and friction losses a thing of the past.

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From virtual product to smooth start of production

Transparency in the pre-production 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 when constructing samples and performing trials and synchronize tools with production

 

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 

Manage technical changes efficiently and ensure traceable documentation

Accelerate your change processes through digital workflows and standards

Simplify your employees' work with digital folders and Task Manager

Adapt your change processes easily and flexibly and benefit from end-to-end documentation

Validate the analysis of technical changes using 3D models

Overview of all existing project tasks

Smooth transition from planning to implementation

Optimum self-organization of project participants

Combine reliability and agility and maintain an overview in multi-project mode

 

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