CPC has developed and successfully applied IT tools for supporting analysis and development activities in more than 200 projects. This list is a condensed summary of the IT tools developed by CPC.

  • Interface diagram tool

    The Interface Diagram tool is a dedicated architecture modelling tool used for supporting decomposition and characterization of multiple co-existing structures of a product family, i.e.: Systems structure - focusing on design of functionality and performance, Module structure - focusing on the best physical arrangement of components and the variety of modules in a product family, and Interface structure - focusing on the relations between modules and components. The Interface diagram formalism is moreover used as input for several other CPC tools.

  • Interface Diagram Filter tool

    The Interface Diagram Filter tool enables advanced filter options when working with the Interface diagram. The tool is used for filtering information of interest in an Interface diagram, e.g. functional systems, modules, components, interfaces etc. It is possible to use multiple criteria when filtering information in an Interface diagram. Applying the tool enhances the speed of reading the Interface diagram, as only areas of interest are displayed for the user.

  • Interface Diagram Export tool

    The Interface Diagram Export tool provides functionalities for exporting product structures defined in the Interface diagram to different data formats. Examples include Microsoft Excel® format for working with product structures in tables and integrating data from e.g. BOM (Bill of Material) lists, cost data, volume data etc., and XML-format used for PDM/PLM import.

  • Interface Overview tool

    The Interface Overview tool provides a gross list of all interfaces in a product system and is used for monitoring interfaces during or after product development activities. The list is based on defined interfaces from the Interface diagram. In addition to providing overview of all defined interfaces, the tool gives information of design responsibility and master/slave relations for all interfaces.

  • Interface Diagram Compare and Consolidate tool

    The Interface Diagram Compare and Consolidate tool is used for analyzing commonality and variety over a range of products. The tool enables automated comparison of product structures as interfaces, systems, modules, and components. Comparison can be made on all modelled structures and attributes defined in an Interface diagram. By making it possible to compare product structures the consolidate part of the tool helps to ensure consistency of naming and the level of detail in a range of products.

  • Sharing Matrix™ tool

    The Sharing Matrix visualizes how modules and components are shared across a product range to form various product variants. The purpose of using the tool is to provide overview of commonality and variety of modules and components within a product family. The Sharing Matrix can be extended with information concerning each module (e.g. cost, volume, part number) customized for a specific purpose.

  • Component Bank™ tool

    The Component Bank visualizes the total number of modules and components across a product range and provides information concerning each module (e.g. cost, volume and part number) as desired.

  • Market Release Plan tool

    The Market Release Plan tool is a strategy tool used for product range planning in relation to future product variants based on an architecture. The tool visualizes the total number of modules needed across a product range and provides information concerning the variety of modules composing existing and future products. The purpose of using the tool is to provide overview of when modules are going to be deployed in a product range.

  • DSM – Design Sequence tool

    The DSM – Design Sequence tool combines the development and definition of product structures with DSM methodology, enabling prioritization and grouping of design activities based on component dependencies.

  • DSM – Interface Encapsulation tool

    The DSM – Interface Encapsulation tool makes the Design Structure Matrix methodology operational. The tool is used for decomposing a product system into components and for identifying relations and interfaces among these. Components are mapped against each other for correlation purposes in order to cluster components that are closely interrelated and separate those that are not. By the use of algorithms it is possible to encapsulate components into modules that are closely related to each other from an interaction point of view.

  • PFMP – Customer view tool

    The PFMP – Customer view tool provides automated functionalities needed to work efficiently with the Product Family Master Plan™ methodology. One of the essential elements in the PFMP modelling tool is the Customer view, which describes a product family as seen from the customer’s perspective. The Customer View provides visual overview of customer related requirements and how they affect a product family. Application of the tool helps to provide an overview of the key customer parameters that differentiates products on the market.

  • BOM Compare tool

    The BOM Compare tool is used for comparing multiple BOM (Bill of Material) lists to identify unique variants or inconsistency in naming and BOM structures. Virtually any number of BOM lists can be combined and the tool automatically includes headlines existing in BOM lists, e.g. part name, part number, drawing number, CAD name, CAD number, revision number, etc.

  • Cost Structure tool

    The Cost Structure tool enables the user to allocate cost reports to the product structures defined in the Interface diagram. Cost is allocated to the building blocks (key components) of the Interface diagram, and is automatically summed to all structures where the key component exists. This enables monitoring of cost on several levels, e.g. system, module, components, departments, etc. The tool can automatically create visual charts for showing development in cost over a specified period of time.

  • RDS Coding tool

    The RDS Coding tool supports tagging and coding of industrial systems, installations, and equipment for referencing in documentation and IT systems. The RDS tool contains everything needed to establish a Reference Designation System based on ISO/IEC 81346, including the ability to structure systems based on different aspects and enriching BOM (Bill of Material) structures with RDS reference codes. The tool can function as a stand-alone solution or as an addition to existing solutions such as PDM and SAP systems.

  • Production Flow tool

    The Production Flow tool provides a visual representation of a product family’s realization in the production system. The representation creates an overview of the following aspects: Production equipment - equipment variety overview, level of automation, capacity etc., Production setup - intermittent or continues process, Production process - the sequence and timing of the manufacturing processes, Decoupling points - the points in time in the manufacturing sequence when product variety is created. The tool can be used to identify inconsistencies in the production system, e.g. inflexibility towards product variety and volume scaling, early decoupling points, bottleneck limitations of performance or capacity of the entire production system and more.

  • Profitability Evaluation tool

    The Profitability Evaluation tool provides product managers with a clear visual overview of the profitability of future product ranges based on projected complexity cost data. Product managers can create scenarios with multiple products across multiple markets and evaluate which mix yields the most profit. Additionally, the product manager may set a performance target and the tool then provides break-even calculations that show how much inferior products need to improve performance (cost reduction, price or volume increase) and how much performance superior products can lose before crossing the performance target threshold.