Advantages for enterprises and employees

  • Increase reuse and cut costs and parts diversity through parts classification
  • Faster parts search results thanks to class lists of characteristics and visual navigation
  • Effective search support for geometrically similar parts

Use parts classification to increase reuse and reduce costs and parts diversity

Standardization and the reuse of proven solutions offer a huge potential for cost savings in manufacturing companies. Parts classification using class lists of characteristics (CLC) is a proven standard based on DIN 4000/4001/4002. Use Part Classification & Reuse to map characteristics across characteristics group hierarchies of any required breadth and depth and support to the creation of a characteristics catalog that mirrors every article in your portfolio. For example, you can structure your inventory based on functional, geometrical and physical characteristics and thus create transparency in your parts master data.

Parametrics allow you to derive parts directly from 3D models
What is more, your developers can make use of the parametric CAD integration to derive components directly from templates in the CAD system based on the characteristic values of classified articles taken from the 3D models. If a developer creates a new parts master record together with characteristics, then the associated 3D geometry and drawings are automatically available. Part Classification & Reuse provides you with the basis for reducing diversity in your parts inventory and achieve a high reuse level. You will speed up your development processes, improve your product quality and cut your procurement, administration and storage costs.

Speed up your parts searches based on characteristics and visual navigation

With Part Classification & Reuse, you will dramatically accelerate your parts searches: Using characteristics group names, classification keys or the values of characteristics, your developers will find the parts they need quickly and easily. Searches involving metadata and full-text searches also run faster. A wide range of units of measurement and values can be used as parameters when creating new characteristics or performing characteristics-based searches. In addition, you can synchronize the classification information with ERP systems and seamlessly integrate leading standard parts systems such as CADenas and PARTsolutions.

Fast browsing through the parts inventory using the graphical object plan
Parts searches are further accelerated through the visual display of all web browser-compatible classified contents in the graphical object plan. As an alternative form of navigation to conventional folder structures, the visually assisted search for components speeds up the identification of required parts by permitting intuitive browsing through the parts inventory. It is possible to use the visual object plan both from the characteristics group hierarchy in the article master data and from the classes and groups in the SML structure.

Provide effective support for geometric similarity searches

CONTACT's visualization solution 3D Connect supports searches for geometrically similar parts by means of extensions. The geometric similarity search incorporates established best-in-class technologies. This includes SIMILIA, for example, which offers a very powerful automated mechanism for classifying parts on the basis of heuristics. Another example is CADENAS. By integrating the standard parts library, CONTACT Elements makes it possible to use the similarity search directly from within the CAD system. The advantage here is the fact that the parts inventory is automatically synchronized in the PLM and standard parts system in the background, which means that it is irrelevant where a part was first registered.

Related Elements

Classify parts, documents and other objects

Improve the organization of your master data with an extremely powerful classification system

Speed up your development process and support innovative methods such as systems engineering

Use class lists of characteristics to reduce parts variety and costs and benefit from visual support when searching for part

Create product architectures and structures efficiently

  • 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

Effective frontloading for variable product design

Determine the variability in product management and engineering

Define complete variant models quickly and easily

Supply the correct items, BOMs and model data automatically to downstream processes.


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