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Epicor Product Configurator
Epicor Product Configurator is designed to facilitate the efficient quoting, ordering and manufacture of highly customizable products with complex requirements and a myriad of options. It provides companies that build highly customizable and dimensional Make-to-Order (MTO) products with the ability to create accurate Methods of Manufacture (manufacturing routings and material content).
In addition to routings and bills of material, the configurator can calculate complex pricing from various data sources. It also can format and control most data elements throughout the quote to job process, such as line comments and operation comments.
Actual on-the-fly product configuration takes place using an interactive input session when you elect to configure a base universal part entered in:
You can configure products through a straightforward question and answer evaluation, or by entry of Smart Strings (intelligent part numbers) used to identify a particular configuration of an item. This configuration process is also Web-enabled, available to remotely connected users through the use of mobile functionality in their Epicor ERP solution. You can use the Configurator to automate sales force efforts, facilitate closer supplier-customer partnerships, lower the workload of the Engineering department, or to generate standardized parts and components.
A major benefit of developing configurators is that a configurator takes all the product and process “know how” from all experts in the business and creates a common tool that can be used by anyone in the organization to create valid products. Customer service staff can then focus on customer relations instead of having to be sales engineers.
A study conducted by AMR Research, Of Configurators and Configuration: Lessons from Leaders, noted “leading companies are able to shift gears to drive more power and flexibility in their configuration processes. This means the ability to translate an opportunity into a profitable lifecycle where products and services can be sensed, fulfilled, monitored, and extended. Companies are continually building out more complex solutions to add value and prevent commoditization. As they do this, they must integrate processes and align teams to pull together the needs of sales, engineering, manufacturing, and services into a total solution.”
Techniks Industries is the parent company of several prominent brands in the industry — NAP Gladu, Riverside Tool, RKO Saw, Intooligence, Techniks and Parlec. Intooligence is a robust, yet easy to use, software suite that helps both tool service providers and end-users track and manage tooling; it’s about lifecycle tool cost management for its customers. With Intooligence, service providers can significantly streamline order processing and provide customers with cost estimates and acknowledgements of tools being serviced. Using the consulting and programming services from Quartz Group, Techniks implemented the Product Configurator module, and using Web Services, connected Intooligence with Epicor ERP. Gene Horlander, Chief Information Officer at Techniks Industries, says, “We are very happy with the Epicor Product Configurator module, which replaced our legacy, highly-customized solution. We could not have been as successful without the support of the Don Luoto and the Quartz team.”