Sales Configuration Tool Speeds Generation of Custom Designs and
Accurate Price Quotes
SAN RAFAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 15, 2012--
Inc. (NASDAQ: ADSK) introduced a new release of Autodesk Inventor
Engineer-to-Order software that can be deployed over the web,
providing access to real-time, 3D visualization and pricing information
for customized product configurations. Manufacturers can more accurately
predict the actual cost of a completed design, generate more precise
proposals and reduce overall lead time for product delivery.
Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order automates the order and bid process
right at the point of sale by providing easy-to-use tools for capturing
business and engineering rules. The new browser-based access is powered
by Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order Server, as well as new templates
and modules that can significantly reduce the time it takes to develop
and maintain Engineer-to-Order applications. This new capability makes
it easier for sales teams to do on-the-fly analysis of one-off custom
designs from virtually any location, without having the software locally
Swedish press manufacturer, AP&T, develops and sells hydraulic presses
and complete production lines for the manufacturing industry. Using a
modular-based system, AP&T can help provide automotive, indoor climate
and domestic appliances customers with simple updates for existing
equipment or complete customized production solutions. "We see enormous
opportunities with Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order as it’s helped us
speed up product development and reduce time required for routine design
and engineering tasks. The cost estimate errors in predicting key
components decreased from 10% to just 1%," says Mikael Karlsson, project
manager, AP&T “Being able to develop five times faster doesn’t seem
impossible when we are meeting our targets.”
Unlike many other configuration tools, Autodesk Inventor
Engineer-to-Order integrates with Autodesk Inventor
software and AutoCAD
software — providing a straightforward path to creating and
maintaining a single digital model in a multidisciplinary engineering
Streamlining Product Configuration, Optimizing Resources
Using the application, sales teams can help set customer expectations,
capture crucial requirements and accurately predict margins — all before
a proposal is submitted. When the time comes to submit a complete
proposal, it can be automatically generated, complete with customer
requirements, price quotations and drawings.
“The underlying challenges faced by manufacturers of configurable
products are very similar across industries,” said Robert
“Buzz” Kross, senior vice president, Design Lifecycle and Simulation
Product Group at Autodesk. “Whether they’re making conveyor belts, water
boilers or cabinets and furniture, manufacturers can produce custom
designs in less time — and with better results — by using Autodesk
To learn more about how Autodesk Inventor Engineer-to-Order can simplify
product configuration and quote generation, view the online, interactive
samples at http://etosamples.autodesk.com/.
AP&T designs, manufactures and markets automation, presses, tools and
complete production lines for the sheet metal and tube forming industry.
For additional information about AP&T, visit: www.aptgroup.com.
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