Classification Manager enables companies to define product content libraries to improve reuse throughout product development. With minimal effort involved, the library’s definition can adapt quickly and easily to rapidly changing business needs.
In most industries today, the complexity and rate at which new products need to be developed has already out-paced the rate at which many companies can produce them. Furthermore, the rate at which companies need to develop product content is expected to continue to grow faster than the current rate that they are improving their productivity.
Studies have shown that effective management of product content through enabling reuse can cut up to 70% off design time (source: “Reuse Impact on Time-to-Market,” University of Tennessee).
A key enabler of this savings is the infrastructure required to catalog, find, and manage the reusable data. An inefficient product content reuse system will diminish any potential savings that may be gained. Moreover, a system that does not fit the company’s business and data or is difficult to use, will not be effective even if it is implemented and the time spent creating data in the system will be lost.
Classification Manager enables companies to address a number of key business challenges when deploying a product content reuse system:
- Accelerated product development and shortened time-to-market via reuse of design components and product documentation
- Increased reliability, higher quality and lowered cost through the reuse of previously validated product content
- Improved collaboration by enabling users across the enterprise to find and add their own product content
Classification Manager allows different libraries to have different classification systems and even enables multiple use-based taxonomies to be used to organize the same common product data. This allows all users to contribute easily to overall product content by using libraries tailored for their specific domain and/or job function.
Classification Manager provides simple and efficient search and navigation capabilities. Whether using the hierarchical tree-browser or the powerful parametric search capabilities, it is quick and easy for users to search library repositories thoroughly to find the best available match for their criteria. This, in turn, greatly enhances the reuse achieved and the savings returned on the investment in the company’s intellectual property (IP).
Companies can also define classification taxonomies and manage reusable components in a single centralized location that helps improve reuse and reduce costs when defining the Approved Vendor and Manufacturer Lists (AVL and AML) for the enterprise engineering bill-of-material (EBOM). Classification Manager enables users to create and manage the full scope of commercial component information, including manufacturer and supplier equivalent parts (MEPs and SEPs). Multiple levels of qualification are managed, as well as preference and approval of components based on location or preference to ensure accurate and timely information for engineers while building EBOMs.