IT Map for Manufacturing Companies

We often get asked about the IT structure and systems needed to make product configuration and process automation happen. How are different parts connected to each other? Which departments in the company uses which systems? And how do they relate to the flow of products from purchase to delivery? Have a look at this IT map for manufacturing companies.

In this map we have laid out the flow from order to manufactured product, as well as what’s usually needed to take the customer’s data and manufacture their product.

IT map for manufacturing companies.
  • It all starts with the customer and the external customer facing systems that let the customer configure a product and request a quotation for it.
  • The data flows from the customer facing channels into the internal systems, but also back to the customer in the form of a quotation and later, an order confirmation.
  • In order to produce what the customer has ordered, many internal systems are involved. We have listed the relevant ones and where in the chain of events that they are used.
  • At last the manufactured product comes out and gets delivered to the customer.

Use the map as a tool to analyze your IT structure and see where different solutions should fit. Do you have any questions or do you want to know more about how visualization and configuration work with other systems? Contact us!

A parametric sofa for the summer

Summer is closing in here in the north and what could be better than to plan for stimulating woodworking projects?

Of course, you first need an online tool to interact and explore the parametric possibilities and auto-generate all the material lists and drawings. Just hammering away won’t do it anymore.

A quick glance at a recent open project on the DynaMaker platform shows how you with a few properties and parametric patterns can generate furniture from a standard profile. From chair to sofa, to a flat surface with just a few parameters.

This is a good example of how to get started with building an interactive online customization tool, and how it can be made easy with the help of standardized tools. The time-consuming part is usually integrating a tool like this into the quotation/order process of a company. Luckily we are working on standardizing that as well, but for the happy enthusiast, it’s just to hammer away! Let us know if you want to explore this particular open project and perhaps use it for your own project.

Have a nice summer!