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Rules-based Design Engineering (RDE) Environments sometimes referred to as Knowledge-based Engineering (KBE) have dramatically improved over the last decade to become one of the most profitable design automation technologies available in the market today. We are aware of no technology that has greater potential for return on investment for design rules-based predictable systems than RDE. We have seen clients convert design of subsystems from man weeks to man hours while substantially increasing design quality and adherence to applicable standards.

Key Business Value Findings

Increasing Operation Efficiencies:

  • Top performers executing Engineer to Order (ETO) and Configure to Order (CTO) business models reduced manufacturing BoM and order errors by an average of 79%
  • Best in class design organizations reduce the time to generate both standard and non-standard designs by an average 53%
  • Best in class organizations reduced total time to design release for predictable systems by more than 62% on average
  • Top performers increased adherence to standards to more than 97%
  • Top performers reduced proposal stage design related project variance by more than 67%. Note they reported annual cost of variance related to proposal design and planning errors to range between .8% and 4.2% of gross revenue

Improve Sales Effectiveness:

  • Top performers increased the number of quotes they could produce with existing staffs by more than 37%
  • Top performers reported a substantial shift away from balancing contingency vs. competitive price to an optimization of design to enable their submittal of best design to cost tradeoff  
  • Top performers reported average win ratios prior to implementation of a comprehensive RDE / KBE environment to be between 1 out of 7 and 1 out of 11. Post RDE/KBE win ratios moved to between 1 out of 4 and 1 out of 8.  

Implications & Analysis

  • Top performers execute the end to end requirements capture process against a structured set of product and/or system specific templates which enable quick identification of missing or weak requirements statements
  • Top performers program all design rules, standards and proprietary math in to the KBE environment
  • Top performers have created CAD Palettes for all systems programmed in to RDE to enable automated drawing
  • Top performers have integrated KBE with Part and BoM functionality in PLM to enable part reuse based upon parametric attribute, part create where no match exists, and automated BoM generation based upon pre-configured rules and BoM Templates
  • Top performers have integrated to Content Management to enable automated generation of proposals, pperating manuals, etc.

Our senior analysts are equipped to assist your organization to:

  • Establish a requirements management strategy
  • Identify the systems which are candidate for Rules-based Design
  • Establish the Functional and Data Models required to ensure a high value added environment
  • Establish an Architectural Model for the environment
  • Analyze, justify and select the core technologies required to drive to better practice/best in class
  • Build, test, validate, train and commission the new requirement management process and application environment
  • Establish a set of Key Performance Indicators to enable measurements of the new environment and assure your ability to continuously improve

Proposal Management Environment


Manufacturing BoM and Order Engineering Environment


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