IFS partners with Configure One for advanced configurator needs

The days when most manufacturers can get by offering only standard products in standard configurations are gone. Today, in order to remain competitive, many companies must design and build products that are highly customized and configured to order. To meet this growing need, enterprise software vendors, including IFS, have long offered product configurators as part of the core application suite. These configurators have traditionally been back-office focused, helping to create a unique manufacturing bill of material and routing for most configured products. But what about companies that go beyond configure-to-order (CTO) and operate in a grey area between CTO, assemble-to-order (ATO), make-to-order (MTO) and engineer-to-order (ETO) of highly engineered, complex products and systems. Some companies run a combination of these modes, oftentimes on the same product line. How do these companies integrate their estimating and quoting processes with engineering and manufacturing processes to handle this diverse combination of modes?

This is often beyond the capabilities of standard product configurators. Meeting the challenge of highly configured products requires specialized tools and services. This is why IFS has partnered with Configure One to deliver high-end, engineering-driven configuration capabilities to our customers who require it. This arrangement delivers benefits to IFS customers not available to companies running other ERP-based configuration tools including: web-based architecture flexible enough to support both internal and external users, unparalleled ease of use, rules engine robust enough to capture complex combinations of ATO, CTO, ETO, and automatic generation of 2-D and 3-D sales and production drawings.

For more information, view our Executive Summary on IFS Partnering with Configure One for Advanced Configure Options.

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