Modularisation and configuration of variants
The variant configurator alone does not solve any problems. Before such a tool can be used, much preliminary work must be done and stored in a data management system. The following image shows how such a data management system is set up as a knowledge base and which areas of the company are data suppliers for the knowledge base.
Tools in the development process
To keep the knowledge base up-to-date and provide optimum support for the development process, a wide variety of tools is used in the various phases of product development. Of interest here is the use of the configurator, which extends over nearly the entire product life cycle.