The right solution for products that offer a fixed set of options
The nature of some manufacturing businesses has them take a base product type and then add additional features and options that were chosen by the customer to “configure” the product to their exact specification. We refer to this as Configure-to-Order manufacturing and ERP123 supports it with it’s list-based Product Configurator module. The ERP123 Product Configurator is the most efficient way to create orders for custom products.
In ERP123 the Product Configurator is a sales tool that takes the end user through a logical series of questions. The user must provide answers to these quesetions. As they do ERP123 uses the product configuration data to do the following:
- Dynamically create the bill of material and the work order for the item
- Calculate the price
- Creates a “smart part number” based on nomenclature for the chosen options
How Does it Work?
Product Configurators add an addition level of detail to the system product structure files. The basic concept of the configurator involves taking adding a bill of material for the “base model” and then altering it based on the options selected. This means that are are also bills of material for the manufactured options.
The product configuration data layer begins with questions. Each question can have a series of answers. And each answer can tell the system to take one or more actions. The actions tell the system how to alter the base Bill of Material and Routing for the product. As each option is chosen the system makes the necessary alterations. The end result is a custom bill of material and routing for the finished goods item that will be used to generate a work order to make it.