QAD Configurator: The Solution to Customized Products

Posted on: November 16, 2018 | By: William Scheetz | QAD Business Process, QAD Manufacturing

In today’s markets, pressure is constantly being placed on manufacturers to provide their customers with increasingly complex products.  Many customers are demanding detailed, customized products and sometimes this demand can be difficult to fulfill, especially in a timely manner.  Additionally, in some instances a disconnect can occur between the product idea sold by the salesperson and the actual manufacturing feasibility of the product, creating costly issues.  For manufacturers experiencing this scenario, QAD Configurator can potentially be the solution.

QAD Configurator is an add-on to QAD which provides rules-based product configuration.  It supports product configuration from the quoting process all the way through to shop floor manufacturing.

The main way QAD Configurator provides value is through simplifying otherwise complicated product options, streamlining order processing, handling the associated complex pricing and costing, all while simultaneously reducing order entry errors.  During the initial setup of the configurator, rules and dependencies are defined which serve as the foundation for all product configurations.  These rules are what control product dependencies and valid product combinations.  Additionally, these rules are used when calculating product price and cost. 

While entering orders for a complex product, the salesperson or customer service personnel is prompted with components ensuring that the end configuration is both correct and valid.  The configurator also maintains all previous product configurations, making it easy to enter additional orders for a configured product or even allowing the user to use a previous configuration as a starting point for building a new configured product.  Additionally, QAD Configurator can give product suggestions and recommendations depending on what components are selected. 

The QAD Configurator is an excellent tool for manufactures dealing with complex, customized products as it enhances the quoting and order processing of these products.  If you think QAD Configurator is something that could help your business, please do not hesitate to contact Logan Consulting for further information!

 

Logan Consulting is a professional services firm committed to helping businesses improve business processes to get the most from their ERP investments.

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