Intelligent Navigation Gets Products to Market Quickly
Here’s the problem. A product engineer can’t even begin to build a new product – or optimize an existing one, for that matter – without first tracking down a ton of information that’s scattered through a multitude of disparate systems. What kind of LED would work here? Do we already have one? What products is it in? Is it any good? Maybe Paul knows. And even after spending hours – or longer – there’s no guarantee of getting the right information.
Delivering critical information to product decision-makers…fast
With Encompass Product Navigation, all an engineer has to do is enter a search term or click a catalog item. The intelligent search-based application responds by instantly compiling BOM and other relevant data from ERP, PLM, CAD and other internal and external systems to which the company is connected. It aggregates, discovers and delivers comprehensive information for the engineer – everything from a list of parts that match the search term, to where they’ve been used, to suppliers and much more. So the engineer gets the right information at the right time to make smarter product decisions.
Speeding time to market for products
The faster an engineer can get the component information needed for a product, the faster it can get into production and out the door. If that sounds awfully simple, it is. The hard part is finding a way to reduce product cycle times. And that’s where Encompass Product Navigation comes in. By cutting the time engineers need to engineer a product, it cuts the time a company needs to get the product to market.
Bringing quality up – and risk and costs down
When engineers reuse proven components that have already performed well in other products, they help to ensure that the product they’re working on will perform well, too. With BOM data and other information collected by Encompass Product Navigation, they can learn where components are already being used, how long they’ve been in place (or how quickly they’ve been abandoned), and other information that will shed light on the quality of a component they’re considering. They can also determine whether there’s more than one supplier, to reduce the risk of relying on a single source for a critical component. Reuse reduces costs, too, by eliminating the redundancy and waste that result from building components that already exist.
Integrating easily into existing technology environments
IT will be happy to know that Encompass Product Navigation is delivered as an appliance, so it requires no special reengineering or reconfiguration of the processes and systems associated with product engineering. It also connects securely and seamlessly with existing data sources to collect, aggregate and deliver data to engineers without disrupting data flows or creating business risk.
Connecting search users to the outside world
Can’t find the part you are looking for? Don’t let the stress of meeting all the requirements and work involved get to you. With Perception’s New Part Request Module, leverage the intelligent information you’ve already captured in your search queries to streamline the NPR process to automate the information required by Oracle Agile PLM. Now, engineering can rapidly request a part and supply chain can be assured that compliance to the policy will be enforced with the NPR module.
Data connectors allow the Encompass platform to seamlessly attach to multiple data sources. For example, Agile PLM, IHS CAPS Universe or Salesforce.com are some of the connector options. The connectors are non-disruptive, which means you connect to the data source without disturbing the workflow. They are highly configurable, which allows fine-tuning for each specific data source.