APplus Machinery and plant engineering
APplus is a comprehensive industry solution precisely tailored to the complex requirements in mechanical and plant engineering. APplus enables you to integrate and control all of your company processes, thereby enabling you to expand your competitive advantages and significantly reduce costs. APplus is based on the experiences we have gained in our many years of collaborating with over 1,400 customers.
- PLM/CAD integration
- Make-to-order production
- Product configuration / assemble-to-order production
- Expanding BOMs
- Project planning
- Project and product costing
From manufacturing to management, from product sales to service, all components of our industry solution work together seamlessly. They support production models for make-to-order, make-to-stock and project-related production and service while promoting the vertical integration of the production area with the rest of the production environment.
APplus lets can tighten up processes in expanded companies, accelerate product innovations and shorten production lead times. Moreover, the solution contributes to the optimization of the customer service. Thanks to the comprehensive support, you can be confident that you are developing and marketing the right products at the right price.
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PLM integration enables homogeneous access to development and production data. After being released, BOMs created in the CAD system are immediately available in production. The cross-department process is ensured.
The Web service architecture of APplus pays off particularly in these areas. APplus gives design engineers and production scheduling employees access to information that is up-to-date and consistent for everyone involved—even though each department operates solely with its own legacy system: Design engineers use CAD and the integrated EDM/PDM system, and the employees in scheduling or procurement use the PPC module from APplus.
For make-to-order production, a product is manufactured only if expressly desired by a customer. APplus provides you with ideal support here in the planning and utilization of operating materials and personnel resources.
Assemble-to-order companies value the performance capability of the product configurator from APplus: Alternative items in BOMs or work plans, simple formulas for variations in quantity or size are already covered by the base system. Beyond this, complex product logic for the sales and production area can be mapped consistently. New technologies such as XML and C# let you reach previously unknown levels of flexibility and productivity in designing product-descriptive logic.
Users oriented more towards traditional applications can also rely on the tried-and-true tool of decision tables. The characteristics table (according to DIN 4000) from APplus is also frequently an important streamlining tool for assemble-to-order companies. It enables appropriate parts to be located quickly during development, thereby reducing the diversity of parts.
Often when an order is submitted or accepted, the particulars of how the production article in question is built still have not been specified. However, production has to begin even before all product data is at hand and the BOMs have been resolved down to the lowest level. APplus enables you to establish an expanding BOM that you can successively expand by adding all customer data in order to design the article.
As part of project planning, APplus supports all planning work processes ranging from the quotation phase to the complete commissioning of the control system or machine.
The extensive costing functions provided by APplus are of great importance for optimizing the production process and for business success. Detailed, production-oriented preliminary costing, concurrent costing and final costing, including detailed variance analyses, meet all requirements.
Contract manufacturers in particular value the options for assigning all costs directly to the pegged order: Stock material, in-house production, external production and even all order-related procurement transactions including all additional costs to be charged. Repetitive manufacturers are usually more likely to use standard cost accounting, which APplus offers as an alternative.