Product rule solution
Product rule solution
A product rule may be used to govern how a product is used or integrate with other products. Moreover, a product rule can be used to size components or adjust the features offered. Product rules ensure that a product performs safely under specific conditions. They govern limits of use.
Engineering specifies product rules during product development. It is essential product rules are both available and effectively communicated to anyone referencing the product.
In some companies, product rules may not be easy to locate. Occasionally the need or availability of a rule may not be readily visible. Without the use of the product rule, major errors are likely to occur. On occasions, product specialists carefully guard knowledge wrongly perceiving the knowledge increases their value with the organisation. Hoarding knowledge is bad for the company. Knowledge needs to be readily available to everyone authorised to access it.
Ignoring or forgetting product rules can result in serious errors that erode customer confidence, are costly and occasionally result in breaches of safety. Failing to apply product rules can result in significant rework.
The use of a standard product ensures that rules can be easily accessed. Product standardisation techniques provide an effective means to attach product rule to reusable product components. Product rules are updated whenever there is a product change. Product configurators ensure the correct application of product rules. The product configurator will implement all applicable product rules during a new selection. This may result in the resizing of components, or further selection of other components or features.
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Further help and assistance
Gatehouse Design are specialists in product standardisation, product configuration and design automation. We can help companies develop highly effective product strategies, maximising profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction. We can help you establish and implement product rule and improve the efficiency of your business. Please contact us to discuss any product design related issues that you may have.
There is an offer a free product audit to help identify opportunities for product standardisation, product configuration and design automation. Additionally, Gatehouse Design has published many helpful white papers and articles which are available on this website.
Written by Peter Slee-Smith 14/05/2018.
Peter Slee-Smith founded Gatehouse Design in 2012, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years experience in industrial design. Peter qualified with a Masters Degree and has held senior positions in many leading engineering and product manufacturing companies. He is passionate about product design efficiency and has written many articles on the subject. Based in Littleport just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire, Gatehouse Design specialises in product standardisation, configuration and design automation.