3D configurator for bus and train seats: the Franz Kiel project

3D configurator for bus and train seats - Franz Kiel project

Fresh news from DERWID’configuration department!
Together with our partner msg treorbis, which offers German SAP full-service consultancy, we are implementing a 3D configurator for bus and train seats in S4/Hana at Franz Kiel GmbH.

Franz Kiel GmbH, leading German manufacturer of bus and train seats, has planned to change all its ERP systems into the SAP S4/Hana in the next year and a half. The Kiel group decided to implement also the webbased UI5 quote system by msg treorbis, completed by the 3D visualization by DERWID. And so began the collaboration between the three companies.

Soon Franz Kiel will be able to intuitively and flexibly configure their products in 3D and device independent. And readily market them, starting from Turkey and reaching then all other 6 Franz Kiel’s premises around the world.

 

Since the Franz Kiel’s project started, DERWID has been implementing the 3D visualization of their seats for the SAP Configurator. Once the implementation is finished, as part of its consultancy work, DERWID will support the resources at Franz Kiel and coach them, in order they could independently handle and maintain the configurator.

Are you interested in the 3D visualization integrated in SAP S4/Hana? Contact us and ask for a demo.

Our new 3D CONFIGURATOR for the nautical sector

3d configurator for the nautical sector

These last years have seen an interesting growth of the nautical sector. A lively sector in constant bustle, where investment in new techniques and approaches always rewards entrepreneurs. Here is our innovative way to present boats to end customers: the new 3D configurator for the nautical sector.

Nautical sector latest trends at Genoa boat show

In these days recreational boating and sea life enthusiasts will gather in Genoa for the 58th Salone Nautico, the famous Italian boat show.

From the 20th to 25th September Genoa will be the right destination to discover all about the latest trends in the nautical sector. You will find more than 1000 boats, i.e. sailboats, outboard engines and inflatable boats, powerboats and motor yachts, displayed along the docks in Genoa and could participate to various events.

And this will also be the right occasion for boat producers to discover DERWID’s new 3d configurator for the nautical sector.

A new approach to customers

DERWID’s 3D configurator for the nautical sector offers boat producers a new approach to customers.

Ever dreamed of configuring your boats at the moment, presenting them with a real time high definition 3D image?
With DERWID’s 3D full web and cross-platform configurator, you could show your yachts or inflatable boats to end-users avoiding the long time needed by the classical rendering. It’s modular, extensible and customizable: handling the variety of your boats couldn’t be easier, both for sales and production.

Do you need more information about the 3D configurator for the nautical sector? Contact us, we will be pleased to answer all your questions.

DERWID at CERSAIE 2018

DERWID at Cersaie 2018

For the first time this year DERWID will exhibit at CERSAIE 2018 with its own stand: come and visit us in Bologna from 24th to 28th September 2018 at HALL GALL 15-18 STAND F3.

Experience a new configuration concept

At our stand at Cersaie 2018 you will experience firsthand and discover everything about our photographic configuration and 3D product configuration competences.

You could try how other companies have already enlived their products: with our configuration competences you will really experience and visualize your products as in a real environment.

E.g. Do you want to show your customers a realistic representation of their desired flooring and surfaces? Try D/e.design, our web photographic and interactive configurator: you will give to your customers a new and emotional shopping experience.

Do you need a solution that unifies graphic configuration with sales and production for your bathroom furnishings? With our full web and cross-platform 3D product configurator, you will have a realistic representation of your product, without waiting the long time needed by the classical rendering, and at the same time generate technical documents and data, thus optimizing production and delivery times.

 

Don’t miss DERWID’s configuration experience at CERSAIE 2018: contact us to arrange an appointment at our stand.

A look back: variant configuration conferences – DERWID presents innovative solutions

variant configuration conferences

In June, during two conferences, DERWID informed about current approaches and innovative developments around the topic graphical product configuration and visualization of variant and complex products.

Smart Variant CON 2017

On 19th and 20th June in Titanic-Chaussee Hotel in Berlin took place the – yet very important – meeting organized by we-conect on the topic variant configuration and complexity management.

Also this year DERWID participated to the conference as Business Partner. Within the moderation of an icebreaker session and with an info stand, DERWID presented current trends around visualization and graphical configuration of variants. In particular, the graphical visualization integrated in SAP Fiori UI5 had a real positive feedback.

The combination of practical lectures and interactive elements characterized the conference and gave access to more than 250 participants to an overview on the latest trends and opportunities of variant configuration, such as the integrated 3D visualization technologies of DERWID.

We are looking forward to the exchanges and networking of next year, when Berlin will be again for two days the center of the variant-community.

 

Sybit Infotag Variantenkonfiguration

Meanwhile, SAP users and partners met on 29th June in St. Leon-Rot, on invitation of Sybit GmbH and SAP, for the 10th Infotag Variantenkonfiguration – an information day about variant configuration. DERWID presented within a lecture the current and future solutions for the visualization of variants integrated to SAP ERP applications.

DERWID’s solution landscape adapts perfectly to the strategy of Walldorf: to offer through partner solutions user-friendly and innovative customer systems in the field of 3D visualization. It adapts specially considering SAP cloud solutions and the focus on deep integration, easy handling and efficient maintenance.

Together with the partner MSG.treorbis DERWID informed about the latest 3D integrated visualization for the SAP Fiori UI5 web based user interface.

We would like to thank Sybit, MSG.treorbis and SAP for a successful, informative and special event around the topic variant configuration.

For more impressions about the 10th Infotag Variantenkonfiguration, you could watch Sybit video in German.

Do you want more information about our solutions for the visualization and graphical configuration of variants? Contact us.

Graphical Product Configuration or CAD?

Graphical Product Configuration or CAD?

Facing more and more complex products, with an increasing number of variants and market requests of deeper customization, manufacturers of variant products are asking themselves:

Which tool is best for supporting the configuration of my products? Which tool is more efficient: A graphical product configurator or CAD software?

Do you also face such challenges?

In this article we will give an overview of the differences between the two system approaches and describe the advantages, to help you with a conscious choice.

Is it more efficient to configure with a CAD software?

The concept of CAD programs targeted product development and design tools. Beyond this function, if used to configure products, is a CAD software efficient?

When using a CAD system beside the product development, i.e. also to deliver drawings and bill of materials for orders and offers, there are considerable disadvantages:

  • you should not underestimate the initial investment
  • there are relevant limitations regarding shared work, offline scenarios and web platforms
  • when using a CAD system in the sale process, it becomes expensive and oversized

The advantages of a graphical product configurator

Graphical product configurators were created to display variant products and their construction rules. You can also create bill of materials and automatically derive data such as drawings, production lists and data for CNC machinery.

With an object oriented graphical configurator you can switch from an engineer-to-order to an assembly-to-order/configure-to-order process. You don’t need to start with a new project each time and plan all the construction phases: according to the single configuration you can join the standard modules in always different combinations.

 

Advantages of graphical product configuration

The advantages of these processes are clear:

  • You avoid information breaks: the know-how about the product, shared among different persons and departments, is centrally available
  • You don’t have processes and data duplication, everything is integrated and connected:
    • in particular, the graphical product configurator integrates bi-directionally with an ERP software
    • as a result, database maintenance is optimal both for construction rules as for machine connection: by working synchronously with the ERP, it is possible to import existing tables, rules and object dependencies
  • You simplify the configuration and design of customized orders for the users. Based on the tools for master data maintenance, modular and complex structure of products can be handled like standard modules
  • You free the engineering department from the sales support activities: also less qualified users groups can use graphical product configuration to prepare offers. So you are able to probably reduce CAD licenses.
  • You have flexible and scalable interfaces, which enable the integration with different systems, also CAD software.

Graphical product configurator or CAD?

So, if you want to configure a variant product is it always better to use a graphical product configurator?

Yes in 80% of the cases, because it is possible to set up and display the standard variants. In the remaining 20% of processes, special construction processes, it makes sense to use other tools, such as CAD systems.

Best configuration solution: integration of graphical product configuration or CAD

The real question is not choosing between a graphical product configurator or a CAD software.

The real question is how to create a common model that integrates both of the systems. With the CAD software used for product development and special projects while the graphical product configurator is used for sales and order services.

Do you need more information about the advantages of a graphical product configurator for your company? Contact us.

Download the complete infographic with differences and advantages between graphical product configuration and CAD systems!

Smart Variant Con 2017

DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON 2017

Smart Variant CON 2017
19/20.06.2017
Titanic Chaussee / Berlin

On Monday, 19th June 2017 Smart Variant CON 2017 begins: it is the biggest platform for variant and complexity management in the German speaking area.

For the third time, DERWID is partner of Smart Variant CON this year.

During the two-day congress many successful projects about variance management and solutions for an efficient configuration will be presented, while practical methods for the calculation and reduction of complexity will be discussed.

On the evening of 18th June DERWID moderates an icebreaker session about “Der Vorteil des Visuellen – Variantenkonfiguration und Saleskonzepte mit moderner 3D Visualisierung” ‒ The advantages of visual – Variant configuration and sales approaches with modern 3D visualization.

More information about Smart Variant CON 2017 and the complete agenda here: http://smart-variant.de/de/.