The turbines are extremely complex pieces of equipment. Each sits within a wider power plant solution which is tailored to each customer’s unique specifications and site conditions. The air intake assembly alone, for example, has 120 variants. Factor in all the configurations and combinations that come along with that; and things get complicated very quickly.
This complexity posed a challenge for Siemens. Because the turbines are highly customized – and the combination of variables almost endless – producing customer quotes was a lengthy and complicated process.
A full customer proposal was often 500 pages long, took eight weeks to produce, and required specialist engineering help on almost every sales case.
The answer came in the form of configuration software from Tacton. Tacton’s technology redefines how products are configured – making it radically easier to design, configure and sell complex products.
With the Tacton CPQ, Siemens quickly saw that they could streamline by creating pre-made assemblies, including standardizing much of the core turbine engine. Simplifying the product architecture in this way has reduced demands on engineering.
In 1847, inventor Werner von Siemens developed the pointer telegraph and followed up in 1866 with a prototype for the dynamo. Today, the company he founded is a household name and Europe’s largest electronics and engineering company. Siemens is also the world’s leading supplier of energy technology