If you are a company making custom products, you cannot ignore the inordinate amount
of time your engineering team spends validating each sales opportunity (new design
variant) that comes through the door. As a company with highly configurable products,
this is not difficult to imagine because it is imperative that all custom configurations
requested by the customer are checked for inconsistencies & design feasibility
before you get back to the customer with a quote and delivery schedule.
The lack of any form of design automation to create multiple configurations of your
design eventually adds up to the cost and competitiveness of your product. With
ConfigLink, we automate creating design configurations/variants, thereby saving
valuable time off your "mass customization" engineering process.
ConfigLink - Dramatically Reduces Time to Generate Custom Designs
ConfigLink is a design automation software for highly configurable product families
that dramatically reduces the time to generate custom
designs. Based on design rules defined
during the "Authoring" stage, new design variants can be created in the "Configuring"
stage; in a fraction of the time it would normally take for the engineering department
to re-master the data. The result is a 3D model of the new variant & associated
2D drawing - which essentially forms the "core" of any Configure-To-Order (CTO)
or Engineer-To-Order (ETO) process. ConfigLink currently supports SOLIDWORKS, Pro/ENGINEER,
Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge files.
ConfigLink's simple web-centric licensing mechanism and automatic software updates
makes software deployment, maintenance and management very simple.
Data Formats Supported by ConfigLink
How it works...
ConfigLink essentially has two modules viz. AuthorMasterDesign & CreateConfiguration
that are licensed separately. The user must have at least one license of each module
to create configurations.
In the AuthorMasterDesign module, the design "administrator" captures and
specifies the rules & constraints within which all "new variants" must be created.
The administrator can set rules to specify certain values, ranges of values etc.
Once the rules are set, the administrator can save the "authored" design. Files
can be opened from disk or directly from the CAD session. In the CreateConfiguration
module, the engineer uses the "authored" design and specifies custom values to create
the new design variant.
Both modules use a simple form-based user interface. There is no programming
knowledge required to use ConfigLink or work with its user interface.
Support for multiple CAD formats: ConfigLink currently supports SOLIDWORKS,
Pro/ENGINEER, Autodesk Inventor and Solid Edge files. Users can use a single license
to configure data from multiple CAD systems/formats.
Reduce Design time: Dramatically reduces the engineering time to create custom
Increases profitability: Automating the most time consuming part of the ETO/CTO
process viz. generation of 3D & 2D, results in significant cost savings and
hence increased profitability.
Lower CAD Resource Utilization: Since ConfigLink does not need access to
the CAD license continuously, significant cost savings result from a lower CAD resource
Lower maintenance cost: ConfigLink does not store the configuration data
(rules) in an external database or file but in the CAD model itself. This tight
integration lowers the maintenance cost so prevalent while using complex databases
Quick response to customer RFQs: Responses to customer queries can be expedited
as custom design creation is largely automated as opposed to manual remastering.
Accelerate new product development: Engineering department will have more
time to focus on designing new products than creating various configurations of
existing design for sales.