CERTUSOFT CLOUD CPQ

Platform for extreme customization, visualization, and optimization

CPQ, or Configure-Price-Quote, systems help automate the customization and quote process of a variety of manufacturing products, from relatively simple ones, such as desktop computers, to very complex ones, such as firetrucks.

Sales is not about the letter Q, but getting to O, Order. Certusoft understands that automation should not stop at Quote. If it takes sales 10 minutes to configure and price a product, but one week for engineering to approve its design and generate an order, it creates bottlenecks, costly reworks, slow deliveries, and missed sales.

Certusoft CPQ goes beyond Quote by drastically reducing manual intervention by engineering. With Certusoft CPQ,  a manufacturing product is ready to be ordered and built. Our most comprehensive solution, Cloud CPQ seamlessly integrates CLIK Solvers, CLIK 3D Renderers, a Parametric Configurator, a Order Management system, and BOM generation. The entire quote-to-build can be processed under a  single platform.

Certusoft Configurators

Automation of customization processes borrows heavily from Artificial Intelligence techniques. These guide consumers during the customization process and relieve engineering from repetitive manual tasks.

Certusoft was the first to develop and deliver a rule-based web-based Configurator for commercial vehicle manufacturers. It was also the first commercial system where a single configurator and rule set generated both the customer proposals/quotes at the front-end and processed the orders for the manufacturing at the back-end. Certusoft rule-based configurator finds applications when the number of options is discrete, such as the number of available engine horsepowers for each transmission.

Certusoft recent Configurator, CLIK Parametric Configurator, of CLIK pCF replaces fixed rule sets with constraints expressed in the CLIK language. It is best utilized when the number of possible configurations and assemblies is not discrete, but continuous. This is the case when trying to find the best location of a fuel tank on a rail, or avoid collisions with other components, such a steps and battery boxes. It would be unfeasible to enumerate all possible combinations and locations. Expressing the “design intent” of the engineer in terms of constraints instead of rules greatly simplifies the problem and empowers design experimentation.

Benefits

Built on CLIK Technologies®

Immediate 3D visualization of configured product

Immediate feedback on the compatibility of the configured solution

Dynamic optimization of critical engineering factors

Capabilities

2D and 3D configuration

Body-layout

Chassis-body assembly

Seating arrangements

Electrical panels and wiring

QUOTE AND ORDER MANAGER (CLIK-OM)

CLIK-Order Manager (CLIK-OM) is a collaborative platform for sales, OEMs, and suppliers. Quotes and orders are visible to all involved parties at each stage of the quote-to-order process with 24/7 Internet connectivity.
Based on CLIK Technology®, CLIK-OM is capable of supporting multi-party transactions in a number of different ways. Each OEM participating in a sale bid has a number of capabilities:

  • Independently configure their customized components
  • Manage their change orders
  • Communicate their changes to CLIK-OM for compatibility checks with components from the other vendors
  • Monitor how changes made to one component affect the overall bid
  • Assess performance and pricing of the final product
  • Generate custom PDF proposals

Suppliers have direct access to the Bill of Materials for effective management of their manufacturing and delivery schedules.

CLIK-OM AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES
The emergency vehicle industry is a prime showcase of the power of CLIK-OM. Fire trucks are typically engineered by procuring the major components from different vendors. Items such as the chassis, body, water pump, and aerial are themselves configurable with numerous available options. CLIK-CF allows each vendor to configure their components independently and transmit the information to the other vendors with CLIK-OM.

DYNAMIC BILL OF MATERIAL GENERATION (CLIK-BOM)

Our Bill of Material Generator (CLIK-BOM) is capable of generating a BOM dynamically even when a part is not engineered prior to sales. As the inventor of “just-in-time engineering”, CLIK-BOM creates a BOM dynamically after the product is optimized for performance and quality.
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