Variant management and product configuration

A la carte products

The specific characteristics of standard products are managed using PSIpenta Variant Management. In such cases it is specified how a standard product or individual components can be adapted to customer requirements.

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Features

  • Maintenance of any features and their characteristics
  • Any desired linking of characteristics to elements from multi-level bills of material or routings
  • Generation of work order structures from the configuration results
  • Automatic modification of work order structures via formulas
  • Transmission of variant-specific information to production structures using character strings
  • Display of image information during configuration
  • Input plausibility checks, automatic addition of sample during configuration using definable rules and automatic transfer of dependent options
  • Prices, surcharges and price formulas saved
  • Determination of prices during configuration

Variations in sales and production

PSIpenta Variant Management provides a comprehensive solution for made-to-order and small-series producers needing to offer a wide range of variants. The configuration process is based on a structured set of rules consisting of features, options, selection rules and formulas. The variable products are configured using freely definable product-specific parameters. The specific characteristic of the product structure is determined on the basis of these parameters. The impacts on pricing are also taken into account at the same time. PSIpenta Variant Management can be used both in sales and in production.

Configuration

Configuration can be broken down into three areas:

  • Preparation of the knowledge base: management and maintenance of variants (features, options), and of rules and formulas for standard decision-making processes, use of stored prices and price lists
  • Configuration and sample management: composition of different end products with customer-specific characteristics
  • Automatic generation of (multi-level) structures: quotes, orders, bills of materials and routings for the configured samples

Variant management impacts the bills of materials and routings for a configurable product on multiple levels.

Knowledge base

In order to work with the variant management, it is necessary to create the item master records, bills of materials and routings in the basic data. The basic data for routings and bills of material contain all complete lines in all variants (maximum structure). The knowledge base essentially comprises definitions of features, options, variant references, rules, option price lists and formulas. To assist the sales and production process, quotes, orders, bills of materials and routings can be generated automatically for a configured sample.

Variant manager

In order to work with the variant management, it is necessary to create the item master records, bills of materials and routings in the basic data. The basic data for routings and bills of material contain all complete lines in all variants (maximum structure).