AUGSBURG, Germany, Dec 2, 2016 – The French company LUCAS opted for the product configurator from CADENAS to automate their quote generation. The manufacturer of linear axes for robotics has reduced the time needed to generate quotes from 2 days down to 5 minutes.
LUCAS offers with its linear axes for robot technology to offer comprehensive toolbox for integrators of robotics: Ratio axes, linear modules with two, three and four axes as well as swings. LUCAS robots are used in many areas, e.g.: surface treatment, welding, packaging and commissioning, loading and unloading of machines as well as in the area of the aviation and automobile industry.
The assemblies of LUCAS are strongly modular and built with numerous variable properties. The primary goal therefore was to automate the preparation of offers. The preparing of an offer for a track is not easy. The axis can be linear or rotating and can be equipped either with one or two slides on which one or more robots are placed.
LUCAS was looking for a solution how to integrate its data into a product configurator. Furthermore, customers and prospectives should be offered the possibility to configure the track for themselves and determine the price for the configured component. Before the product configurator was introduced, offers had to be prepared manually after an engineer examined the inquiries. This process took an average of two days.
Product configurator with a suitable interface
CADENAS‘ product configurator is easy to use and yet has all the technical resources in the background. CADENAS meets exactly all the requirements of the manufacturer LUCAS: A user-friendly software solution to configure the floor track on the internet, prepare offers and provide the matching 3D CAD models, without the processor being dependent on information from the ERP system for each modification. “Even though the product configurator from CADENAS is set up in the background in a complex manner, using it is extremely easy for our customers and our sales staff. Less than one working day is needed to train our employees,” says Stéphane Lucas, project engineer – LUCAS FRANCE.
A configurator for highest demands
The product configurator developed by CADENAS combines various components, the final result of which is made up of the entire floor track and robot. There are more than 22,000 different combinations possible. The entire unit is thus configured very quickly. The price per meter and per slide can be calculated very quickly, thanks to the interface to the LUCAS ERP system, and so the offer is available almost instantaneously.t.
As soon as the configuration is completed, the integrators can download the 3D CAD models of the assemblies and integrate them into their design. Moreover, technical documents and assembly instructions are available for download. The product configurator is thus an indispensable tool to implement designs.
The greatest advantage of our product configurator lies in the preparation of offers: What previously took us two days to complete can be done now in a matter of minutes”, says Stéphane Lucas, project engineer – LUCAS FRANCE.
More information about the case study of LUCAS FRANCE and CADENAS at LUCAS FRANCE Success Story.
About CADENAS GmbH
CADENAS is a leading software manufacturer in the areas strategic parts management and parts reduction (PARTsolutions) as well as electronic product catalogs (eCATALOGsolutions). With its customized software solutions, the company acts as a link between the component manufacturers and their products and the purchasers.
With its 300 employees in 17 locations worldwide, the name CADENAS (Spanish for “process chains”) has stood for success, creativity, support, and process optimization since 1992.
In the role of initiator and mastermind, CADENAS has already established many innovations and trends.
- Topology search for CAD components
- Geometric similarity search of CAD components runs automatically in the background
- Search for CAD parts by sketching
- Search of 3D CAD parts on Smartphones
- Use of 3D glasses to present CAD models
- Control of 3D CAD parts with the help of Wii remote control
- Support of Augmented Reality Technology
- ePRODUCTplacement – make the right part available to the right person at the right time
More information about the newest innovations as well as the company in general can be found on their homepage at www.cadenas.de/en.