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Easy handling of variants

Perhaps you have heard one of the following statements when talking about a configuration:

"Our product is not a standard part – that doesn’t work" or "We’ve tried it, but our product is too complex".

The objective of the technology of customX is to be able to handle any product variant. The only requirement is that it is generally possible to describe how the product is constructed.

Automatic construction "on demand“
customX is like a construction robot. It assembles the individual parts in the same way that an engineer would do – but the process runs at cyber speed and without manual intervention. Just like an engineer, customX can construct a product out of many components, no matter how complex. Complexity poses no limits for customX. The only restriction is the “real” special construction. We are able to realize every individual product variant, but not a special construction.

Generally, product variants can be divided into three categories according to the type of variance:
Part combination
These are products where the individual parts already exist, but where a specific product is created by the omission or addition of parts and assemblies. A typical example in this category is a car.
Planned projects
Similar to the part combination, the final product is assembled out of components. But in this case, we are talking about a project resulting from planning, not about a product. Typical examples in this category are shelving and room systems.
Parts with variable lengths
Product individualizations in this category use components of varying lengths that are not specified in advance. Hereby, all dimensions can vary, as well as the form of the parts. Typical examples in this category are products made of metal sheet such as control cabinets and containers.

customX has specific functionalities for each of these three categories. Therefore, customX can also be used for all products where a combination of these categories occurs.

Exceptional results can only be achieved by not adhering rigidly to old methods.

The uniqueness of customX is that it offers such a performance scope without one single line of programming.

With only the core functionality of customX – after appropriate training – you are able to:

  • create 2D drawings
  • produce 3D models
  • generate drawings with complicated dimensioning, arrangement of views, etc.
  • produce any Word and Excel documents
  • publish any dialogue via HTML on the web
  • offer a preview in 2D / 3D, also in the web browser
  • produce interface files
  • access databases
  • establish processes that run automatically
  • and much more

Build-up and maintenance in the technical department The basic idea is to create a configuration system that is built up and maintained by technicians. Usually, technicians do not have programming skills, but they know the product and understand its changes. Assigning the configuration system to the correct department guarantees successful implementation and effective long-term maintenance.

The factor that most affects the preparation costs for a configuration system and the cost of its maintenance, is the methodology of the tool. This determines type, structure and scope of the master data used and, therefore, the amount of effort required to build up and maintain the system.

Traditional Method

Product variants are often described by breaking them down into many types and saving a complete construction for each type in the system. But this approach limits the number of combinations and means that the preconstruction of all the types takes up a lot of time and energy. It is not unusual for the cost of preparing the data to far exceed the cost of the customX licence. As a consequence, many companies do not extend the system to include all product variants due to the lack of economic viability.

The customX principle

customX enables the automatic construction of a product out of individual parts. It only needs a rule which describes how the product is constructed out of these individual parts. Although this method includes all the product variants, it remains a lean system. We name this modern method "construction by rulebook".

Benefits of this method:

  • Minimum effort required to create a configuration, often only a fraction of the amount of effort needed for the traditional method of preconstructing assemblies
  • Shortest possible time for creating and testing the system as tests are only necessary for a few rules and not for every type to ensure TOP quality
  • No redundancies because rules are generally valid
  • Perfect support for general construction changes as mass changes are completely redundant