On Friday, January 20th, I had the pleasure of partnering with Autodesk Inventor Product Manager, Sanjay Ramaswamy, to put on an iLogic Design Automation webcast. Those who attended learned how iLogic can be used to accelerate time to market, decrease wasted resources, and automate processes to build better products.
Sanjay and I highlighted some key benefits and shared case studies of customers using iLogic. Sanjay also spent time discussing what the future of iLogic looks like and hinted towards upcoming capabilities. Take a look at what was discussed and download resources and a case study to witness the power in iLogic.
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Changes in Demand
Customer demands are changing. Latest trends show that customers demand products that can be customized to fit their needs. Whether it’s a window pane that needs to fit the right dimensions, a home stove vent, a large crusher or a conveyor, customers demand products that fit specific needs.
I can remember the fun (yes, it was fun!) days when I would draw on a drafting table. Little fact about me - I found my passion for engineering when I took a drafting class in high school. It was perfect for me because I loved to draw, but I wasn't very good unless I could use a ruler and draw straight lines. The next semester, I was introduced to AutoCAD 10. WOW! That was an amazing discovery. I remember thinking it was going to make things faster and more fun. I soon discovered digitizers, and then found out about Lisp routines and real 3D.
The point to that story is we're always looking for faster ways to keep up with work demand. With Inventor, we are able to design faster and with more detail, but how can we automate this process?
Many customers find themselves in two different scenarios when trying to win bids:
- Low Accuracy, High Precision: When we can respond to many bids, but do so inaccurately, we are unable to properly meet customer requirements. This inability to meet requirements leads to lower profit margins.
- High Accuracy, Low Precision: When we're somewhat accurate, but unable to react to many bids, we're unable to get the right pricing and miss valuable opportunities. This leads to a long queue of customer requests as well.
Automation allows you to be precise AND accurate, which can ultimately lead to a doubling in growth. And you can probably imagine why. Think of the accuracy and precision you could achieve if a task that took 4 hours to complete now takes 1 hour. That's where iLogic comes in.
Customer Story - JWC Environmental
The proof is in the pudding right? That phrase might be silly, but it's entirely true. We spent a few months discussing the impact of iLogic with one of our customers - JWC Environmental. The company creates the world's most dependable waste shredders and screening systems. Not only am I excited because they are a customer of ours, but they've even been on Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs!
JWC Environmental used KETIV as an extension of their team to turn engineering time for projects from 40 hours down to 4 hours. This now leaves more time for R&D to be more innovative, thus working towards new designs and allowing more time to focus on higher-value projects.
Is iLogic For Me?
You may ask yourself, "Is iLogic for me?" To help you determine the answer to this, here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Are you spending a lot of time on repetitive tasks, perhaps constraining the same thing over and over again?
- Are you having trouble keeping up with bids and requests for quotes.
- Do you find yourself in a situation where every user is designing unique products and products are not being built as efficiently as possible?
- Do you already have a guide such as an Excel spreadsheet to tell somebody how to build the product, but wish there was an easier way?
- Are you having trouble keeping VBA macros up-to-date?
If your answer to any of these is "yes," you can take advantage of iLogic. The best part? This feature already comes with Inventor. So if you've purchased Product Design Suite, Product Design Collection, or Inventor on its own, you already own it.
In a perfect world, a customer could visit your website, configure a model suited to their needs, receive follow up from a sales rep who automatically received a quote, and engineering can begin manufacturing upon customer approval.
Free Resources & Case Study
Now that you've seen what iLogic has done for other people, find out how it can work for you. Enter your email below to receive resources on how you can get started and a case study from Vent-a-Hood on how they use iLogic and Configurator 360 to automate their sales process.