Imagination Wave

Improve customer Market listening and simplify engineering decision making to enhance product value

Product Variants & Technology Platform

Organized program and IP management to deliver new products to more markets faster.

Achieving electronic product worldwide leadership requires multiple product variations to accommodate unique sub-market needs. Yet, product diversity can drive up design and manufacturing costs. To find the right balance, electronics product manufacturers must design products to have few component variations yet be configurable to support multiple use variations. This can only be accomplished through adherence to modular design best practices. Those practices can only be accomplished with thorough automated collection and management of projects, processes and product IP.

The Imagination Wave Product Variation & Technology Platform solution enables the creation of modular product designs that can be configured for multiple target markets. Based upon the market-leading Dassault Systemes ENOVIA technology, this solution enables a library of standard features to be used across multiple product variations, but with configurable features to enable market specific adaptations. Design feasibility can be evaluated for new product configurations to maximize product success while finding the right balance between shared and new features. Resources can be balanced across multiple projects while minimizing bottlenecks.

Product customization and variety definition are established early in the “idea” or concept phase, and product diversity is maximized while associated costs are minimized. The design process of highly variant products is improved by allowing engineers to quickly create an engineering bill of materials (EBOM) for pre-order fulfillment and design analysis. This enables engineering and business value analysis of different configuration possibilities before the product is released.

Advanced resource planning, flexibility, and templates are provided to automate resource planning activities and institutionalize best practices for complex electronics development projects. Collaborative project management dashboards and reports dramatically increase the productivity of globally distributed users by driving projects and programs with real-time information that update automatically with direct links to tasks, documents, deliverables, and other data. These automatic updates enable project managers to focus on high value activities, instead of tracking down status. Assigning access to specific protected information is simplified, removing roadblocks to on-boarding development teams, which protecting company IP. Best-in-class process templates with predefined phases, gates and milestones drive a phased-base decision making process. Projects are decomposed into smaller manageable projects with visibility to sub-project dependencies to improve execution and oversight.

Key Highlights and Benefits:

  • Maximize visibility and fit of existing IP to development teams for reuse.
  • Efficiently map existing core designs across multiple future development projects to maximize market value
  • Track and surface customer preferences to enhance selection of most effective product configurations
  • Enable fast-track certification and adoption of new parts and technologies into existing and future projects
  • Expose resource bottlenecks in real-time with enhanced management visibility
  • Increase resource utilization and reduce conflicts between project managers and functional group managers