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Tacton Design Automation Batch

Tacton Design Automation Batch is a Windows application that can generate SOLIDWORKS documents for many design variants in batch mode.

The user can specify the required range of variation. Tacton Batch will then generate all valid combinations within that range, and generate the specified SOLIDWORKS documents for each configuration.

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Tacton Design Automation Engineer

Tacton Design Automation Engineer allows users to customize documents in SOLIDWORKS according to previously defined rules in Tacton Design Automation Studio.

Tacton Engineer runs the Tacton Configurator engine inside the SOLIDWORKS user interface. This enables high interactivity and makes it simple for the user to define customer requirements and create optimal customization of product designs. The output is automatically turned into complete 2D drawings and 3D models inside SOLIDWORKS.

Tacton Engineer makes the design automation process much faster and easier for the user.

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Tacton Design Automation Studio

The design rules for the products and their components are defined in Tacton Design Automation Studio.

These rules are then used by other Tacton Design Automation products for product customization. Tacton Design Automation Studio has a simple, graphical point-and-click environment, running as an add-in within the CAD software.

Best of all, the creation of design rules requires no programming skills.

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Meyn

Meyn Food processing

The Challenge

Meyn provides everything from standalone machines to wall-to-wall factory solutions which can include up to 80 different pieces of equipment. As Meyn grew, the number of contracts it was bidding for increased, the company was preparing 2,000 quotes per year. To produce these quotes, Meyn relied on a product configurator that had originally been developed to support manufacturing requirements.

This meant the sales team often had to turn to product specialists, who in turn needed to contact the customer. This process took a lot of time and effort. A typical quotation took two days – sometimes up to a week. With a hit rate of roughly 30%, the company was spending a lot of time and money producing quotations that didn’t amount to anything.

The Solution

Meyn realized that they needed a Configure, Price, Quote (CPQ) tool that would allow the sales team to quote quickly at the initial stage of the sales cycle. They also wanted the tool to be able to generate detail for those cases that were further along. And they wanted the solution to be available online.

By simplifying the quotation process, the company reasoned that they could save time and money and focus efforts on the sales cases that were further along in the process. Meyn has managed to reduce the number of questions required to produce a quote by 85%. A quotation for a single machine can now be produced in less than 15 minutes, while a budget quote for a complete line takes just 3-4 hours. This previously took between two days and a week.

About Meyn

“We have a great cooperation with Tacton, we’ve found them to be very flexible and responsive. It feels more like a partnership rather than a customer, supplier relationship and they are really helping us to succeed.”

Sicco Saft, Meyn

Meyn is the industry leader in the manufacturing of poultry processing equipment. Meyn’s technology and services provide local answers, globally.

The Results

  • Reduced quoting time by 60%
  • Meyn has managed to reduce the number of questions required to produce a quote by 85%
  • Full integrations with Meyn’s CRM
  • Zero incorrect configurations

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Siemens

The Challenge

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 Solution

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.

About Siemens

“The beauty of Tacton Configurator is that it will guide the sales rep through the sale and get the configuration of the product and the quotation correct each time. Any potential conflicts and errors are resolved automatically by the configurator.”

Jan Nilsson, Siemens

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

The Results

  • Reduced quote time from 8 weeks to minutes
  • Sales can now focus on deals, instead of admin tasks
  • Takes 5 minutes to generate a complete budget offering
  • Better understanding of Maintenace contracts

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Hilge GmbH & Co.KG

The Challenge

Hilge’s products have many variants and every quotation must be precisely specified. Their customers expect drawings and 3D models. To ensure that the engineering knowledge will be kept in the company, Hilge used to use a special 3D model during the sales process, which required one to three days of design work for each quotation. Hilge felt this was too long and needed a way to complete the quotations and get them to the customers quicker.

The Solution

Hilge chose Tacton Design Automation as the system that best met their requirements. Hilge gave real CAD models to Tacton, who prepared them for the configuration pilot project.

After a few days of training, Hilge implemented the quotation design for the new generation of rotary lobe pumps in Tacton Design Automation in just a few months. The implementation was so favorable that designers from other product groups daily ask when their products will be converted. Grundfos is also taking a great interest in the new design automation solution their German subsidiary brought about.

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“The 3D-models and drawings required in customer quotations are now produced in 10-15 minutes instead of several days. As a result, sales can be much more responsive, while the design department is freed up to focus on product development instead of supporting sales.”

Hilge GmbH & Co. KG, a German manufacturer of centrifugal and rotary lobe pumps, is a subsidiary of the Danish conglomerate, Grundfos. Hilge serves the areas of food technology, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology, as well as industrial applications around the world.

The Results

  • Tasks that took up to three days are now completed in just 10 to 15 minutes.
  • 80% of all Hilge’s tasks can now be performed using Tacton Design Automation
  • Reduced workload in the design department
  • Quotes now meet the customers’ expectations

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ClearStream Environmental

The Challenge

While water treatment systems are made up of fairly standard elements, each unit is custom-designed and fabricated to each individual customer’s needs.

Changing the diameter of a sedimentation tank by half a foot, for example, has a knock-on effect on many other components – and their interdependencies.

Keeping on top of this complexity was a challenge. And quoting for, designing and engineering the systems was tedious, time-consuming and error-prone. Producing a design specification for a sedimentation unit, for example, would involve 100 plus drawings, and typically take four to six weeks.

Today, ClearStream can complete the same process in as little as two days. In an industry where margins are extremely small, these efficiencies make a big difference to the bottom line.

The Solution

One area where ClearStream has seen great benefits is in the bidding process. Previously, designers would work from an existing proposal, changing the details for the new specification. To give even a crude approximation of what the customer wanted would take up to two days.

With Tacton Design Automation, ClearStream is now producing accurate, high-quality quotes with detailed drawings in a fraction of the time it takes the competition. And the company’s hit rate has gone up dramatically.

About ClearStream Environmental

“This type of automation has been a key factor in our business growth.”

Brian Bartholomew, Senior Project Engineer ClearStream Environmental

ClearStream Environmental was incorporated in 2002 to provide superior process equipment to the water and wastewater treatment industries.  ClearStream has experienced tremendous success over the past few years, and has grown by approximately 100% per year for the past seven years.

The Results

  • Reduced design time for six weeks to minutes
  • Created detailed quotes in a fraction of the time
  • Created time saving for engineers
  • Eliminated back charges due to design errors

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