Cover a large number of variants by combining as few components as possible in a modular system – this reduces the complexity and costs of the product. At the same time, the development time is shortened by parallelizing the activities. The flexibility to adapt the products to individual customer needs increases. This is why modularization has these goals:
- Enable product configuration.
- Develop modules that fit the processes of all areas.
- Configure from Engineer-to-Order (ETO) to Configure-to-Order (CTO) across the entire value chain.
- Manage fewer scopes in purchasing, logistics, production and spare parts management.
Potential of modularization in the value chain
A modular structure is only successful if all stakeholders of the value chain can realize their advantages. In development, you can parallelize processes or reduce the effort for custom design. In purchasing, you can use economies of scale and have to manage fewer suppliers by increasing the standard share in your product. Pre-assembly and separate testing of modules can significantly reduce lead times. In sales, a wide variety can be offered at low cost and after-sales can offer a more efficient service. This is why our holistic approach integrates all stakeholders of the value chain into the definition of the module structure.
Modularization especially for small quantities
The realisation of modular structures in product families with small quantities, such as in plant and special machine construction, is fully in line with the trend. The only difference to large series: other mechanisms of modularity are used. For companies in this sector, a modular system can be used, for example, to change from engineer-to-order (ETO) to configure-to-order (CTO). The result: customer orders can be served more quickly and the costs for customer-specific adaptations can be made transparent and reduced.
The steps are fully supported by our software to efficiently plan and analyze your modular product system.