Effective frontloading for variable product design

Effective frontloading for variable product design

Advantages for enterprises and employees

  • Consistently determining variability in product management and engineering
  • Define complete variant models quickly and easily
  • Supply the correct articles, BOMs and model data automatically to downstream processes

Determine variability in the right place: in product management and engineering

Many industries are faced with growing numbers of variants and therefore also with more exacting demands at the level of variant management.  With Variants, you can describe modular platforms and toolboxes for product line engineering during the early phases of digital product development. The solution is built around the feature-based modeling of product variability. It supports the precise definition of the required solution space as well as the detailed configuration and validation of individual product variants.

The advantage to you: Your enterprise can engineer and manufacture attractive products in the most efficient and reliable way possible.

Variants supports the systematic creation of portfolios within the context of product line engineering

Define complete variant models quickly and easily with configurable 150% BOMs

Variants allows companies in industries with customer and order-driven product and manufacturing strategies, such as plant engineering, to combine the advantages of various strategies: You combine the speed and positive cost effects of a configure-to-order (CTO) approach with the flexibility required for individual product adaptations in customer projects (engineer-to-order/ETO). You configure your products quickly and easily using maximum BOMs and rules. You then adapt the product structure of the selected variants to meet specific customer demands as required.

The BOM wizard
The BOM wizard helps users derive variant BOMs. You can then use these variants in downstream processes such as testing, prototype construction, engineering-to-order and customer-specific new developments. In this way, you combine the advantages of efficient variant development with other standard procedures.

From the filtered maximum BOM to adaptable variant BOMs

Automatically and reliably supply subsequent processes with correcxt articles, BOMs and model data

The variant editor allows you to define the variant space and gives you direct access to BOMs, CAD models and other product-defining information. You can create BOM reports quickly and easily and combine and export variant models without difficulty. You can also display variants in the 3D viewer, in the CAD system or in the mBOM Manager. Use filters to control the values for product features and simultaneously restrict the list of variants. Even large variant spaces can easily be processed efficiently using the variant editor.

Integrated view of features in the variant matrix
In the variant matrix, you can view a product's variants, filter them and create new variants. The variant matrix provides an integrated view of the features and variants of product families. You can create and configure new variants and variant modules for the desired solution space intuitively and easily. In line with the work methods employed in electrical design, your users can, for example, link variable components and supplementary options with hierarchical feature structures to provide ECAD users with better access to variant control in circuit diagrams.

Related topics

The easier way from requirements to product

Implement requirements in a comprehensible and function-oriented way

Make use of requirements directly within the project and product context

Link requirements and present a clear overview of interrelationships

Monitor the degree of fulfillment and take corrective action

Greater clarity when controlling product and project portfolios

Achieve systematic frontloading with the right ideas and initiatives

Structure your portfolios to achieve greater clarity

Inspect projects at the touch of a button throughout the entire lifecycle

Designing successful products in the closed loop of operation and further development

Analyze and evaluate field data for targeted product enhancements

Involve your customer communities in the ongoing optimization of your products

Use tried-and-tested procedures such as ticket systems and engineering change management for integration in your development processes

Further information

Would you like to know more about this topic? Choose one of the following information offers.


We are here to help!
Talk with our team:

+49 421 20153-44