The future of Parametric Manufacturing

Sponsored by Configura, Inc.

  • Date Monday, April 8, 2019
  • Time 12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Location Theater F
  • Type Seminar

Presented By

Göran Rydqvist - Vice President Research & Development
Configura
Goran.Rydqvist@configura.com

 

What You Will Learn

Imagine if companies could move away from the complexity of using part numbers to describe products and its structures, to a simplified way of ordering and manufacturing configurable and/or customizable products. With Parametric Graphical Configuration (PGC) and Parametric Manufacturing, companies could enhance the customer's experience by providing more than just static product offerings and dimensions, as well as reduce the time and complexity of engineering a warehouse. The term parametric refers to the use of certain parameters that can be edited to manipulate or alter the end result of an equation or system. PGC is a system in which all of the rules, parts, pricing, materials are all programmed into one symbol to ease the sales and ordering process of a manufacturer. Parametric Manufacturing takes that one step further, by including manufacturing process and supporting its informational technologies to streamline the ability to manufacture mass customizations. Mass customization, or configure to order, has emerged as a business frontier for manufacturing and service industries. At its core, mass customization is about providing products and services that are tailor-made to each customer's demands and wishes, while keeping manufacturing, distribution costs and delivery times at levels comparable to mass production. While manufacturing has evolved significantly during recent decades through robotics, lean principles and ERP systems that control and optimize production, the information necessary to specify each order is still stuck in the traditional, rigid and limiting use of part numbers. Before the advent of lean production, CNC machining and robotic manufacturing, part numbers made sense because manufacturing supported only a limited number of variants. However, with lean production, there is no need for preproduction and storage other than predictive – what is anticipated by the manufacturer. With CNCs and robotics, products can be customized to any dimension (within the limits of the machine producing it, the maximum size of the material used and other engineering limitations). We've seen many examples in which product complexity, or custom orders, gives rise to operational complexity – which in turn creates an overall business complexity leading to poor profitability and limited competitive opportunities. The front-end of the problem is the inability to efficiently handle the large amount of configurations in the sales and order process. The complete planning and specification of most such products today still has to "pass through" the bottleneck of part numbers, severely reducing the customer experience and product options that can be given to buyers. Every customer order is unique and has its own challenges. Predefined limits based on part numbers make even the smallest change in an order a cumbersome and costly exception to the otherwise streamlined production chain. During this seminar you'll take away an understanding of Parametric Manufacturing and why it is the future for material handling. We will also dive into the evolution of manufacturing and how we got to where we are today. Lastly, we will help your organization understand how it can leverage technology to tackle the next turning point of manufacturing.
 

Key Takeaways

Understanding of Parametric Manufacturing

Why Parametric Manufacturing is the future for material handling

The evolution of Manufacturing/production and how we got to where we are today

How organizations can leverage technology to tackle the next turning point of manufacturing

 

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