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Flexible and Fully-Connected Solutions for Your Enterprise

Razorleaf’s smart, connected solutions bring the full menu of capabilities to the table, allowing design, engineering,
prototyping, simulation, and manufacturing, to automate workflows and improve processes across the enterprise.

BOM Issues

A bill of materials (BOM) is crucial for ensuring a complete and accurate view of product parts and for protecting and analyzing the use of resources throughout the life cycle of a product. Any revision to a product’s design must be updated in the BOM, accurately identifying and listing what is required to produce the product.

Errors can lead to incorrect inventory and long lead times on parts, inaccurate costing which impacts ROI, and out-of-spec products that lead to costly customer returns. Even with the best of intentions, the BOM process can become disconnected and hinder information sharing across the team.

When this happens, updates often never get incorporated and errors quickly multiply. What is needed is a flexible and distributed system that provides a single model of the data that can be integrated both up and downstream. Different people in different functions in the company can access views of the data they need as product development progresses from CAD to BOM to ERP. Let Razorleaf help you keep track accurately as your BOM follows a product from conception to production.

CAD Data Management

A bill of materials (BOM) is crucial for ensuring a complete and accurate view of product parts and for protecting and analyzing the use of resources throughout the life cycle of a product. Any revision to a product’s design must be updated in the BOM, accurately identifying and listing what is required to produce the product.

Errors can lead to incorrect inventory and long lead times on parts, inaccurate costing which impacts ROI, and out-of-spec products that lead to costly customer returns. Even with the best of intentions, the BOM process can become disconnected and hinder information sharing across the team.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) has solidified itself as a tool at the cornerstone of almost all design data produced for manufacturing across all types of industries. Keeping track of the mountains of data produced by design teams and a CAD system can become overwhelming.

It’s easy to lose faith in the integrity of data and how it’s being managed or, more likely, not managed. Questions keep cropping up:

  • Have we lost or overwritten our CAD data?
  • Do we have all the right versions of the assembly?
  • Did someone switch something and now we’re modifying the wrong version of the CAD model?
  • Do we keep redesigning the same part multiple times?

In today’s highly competitive environment, it’s critical to make better use of available data. This leads to smarter and faster decisions that shorten the time to market and boost performance.

Razorleaf helps you make this happen by providing you with best practices and software tools for managing your data and automating processes.

Change Management

Change management is a critical part of the design and manufacturing process, and many organizations are still using legacy product data management systems to handle the engineering. However, even with PDM systems, people do not always have the information they need when they need it.

Dealing with issues like out-of-date CAD drawings increases costs and slows time to market. A disjointed change management process makes it too easy to lose precious data along the way. It also reduces your ability to get good metrics for process improvement.

What is needed is a change process that connects all artifacts and closes the loop so that the change management process is well-documented with accurate information in a format that everyone can use.

As product designs mature and customer demands shift with new requirements, organizations need an efficient change process to ensure that the right information gets back to the design engineers and downstream to production to ensure the right part is made.

With Razorleaf, you can ensure both innovation and change are a healthy and important part of your organization.

Configuration Management

Configuration Management (CM) establishes consistency of information across the product life cycle and in manufacturing execution that supports the digital thread. It provides visibility into document management, revisions, and the change management process.

This process adds a new level of traceability to the status of a product and its stages including as designed, as built, and more. It delivers a common baseline of what is being designed, approved, ordered, built, sold, and serviced.

Configuration Management is especially helpful in situations where:

  • Multiple Bills of Material (BOMs) are being created within the organization.
  • There is constant product evolution.
  • There are many product variations based on a core product
  • When spreadsheets are still being used to create BOMs.
  • Product complexity is high.
  • Regulatory oversight is high.
  • There are higher consequences from product failure.

When optimized, CM manages the functional relations between parts, subsystems & systems, and the control system. When system changes are proposed, evaluated, or implemented, the CM tool ensures consistency and adherence to standards.

Razorleaf can help you get your CM processes in order by leveraging better data management tools and aligning your business processes for increased efficiency in your product development process. Robust Configuration Management is especially important with increased product complexity, high regulatory oversight, or higher consequences from product failure.

Data Migration from Older Systems

Migrating large amounts of data from older systems to integrated, cost-effective platforms can be a stressful process. Questions abound:

  • Will I lose data?
  • Will the data be corrupted and I won’t realize it?
  • What will it cost?
  • Was it moved correctly?
  • Can data that was created years ago using outdated applications even be moved?

What your data migration process needs is a team with a deep understanding of both the old and the new platforms who can help you map out the right path forward to preserve your data.

At Razorleaf, we have managed many migrations, both large and small. We are experts in connecting products and processes in the digital enterprise. After the data is migrated, we don’t assume it was done right. We verify with a full audit that documents everything and provides a clear path forward for the future.

Digital Thread

As many organizations digitalize their engineering and product development processes, the need for a traceable, reliable digital thread becomes a critical element in turning a corner in digital transformation. Knowing how, when, and why product decisions were made can become a very important factor when innovating on existing designs. It becomes even more critical when you are pulling up older product designs from previous years.

  • Why did this drawing change?
  • When did this design change occur?
  • Why was this material changed?
  • What was wrong with the previous material?

A comprehensive digital thread enables an engineering team to fully record and trace the product development process from start to finish. It provides a mechanism to collect all relevant documents, files, and contextual information that go into how products move from one stage of the process to the next. This data is typically stored in a PLM system, which is designed to manage and support engineering design processes.

Let the experts at Razorleaf assist you on your journey. We can help you identify what data, files, and contextual information are needed to support your engineering processes. We will help identify all integration points needed for success and bring all the moving parts together to achieve a thread that represents the development of products or processes in your organization.

Digital Twin

Digital twins, or digital representations of a physical object in context with real-time data updates, can provide tremendous value to organizations that are prepared to utilize them fully. Simulations, rapid iterations, and design optimizations can all be performed on a digital twin in a fraction of the time of a physical prototype—which means faster development time, but also big improvements in product quality, whether in design, manufacturing or even in service.

In addition to better ROI, increased customer satisfaction, and greater impact in the market, digital twins can also be valuable for their more intangible benefits. A product twin, used in the development process, can improve sustainability by either reducing the material used in a design or reducing quality issues, which can ultimately reduce environmental waste. Product twins are the most common, but production plan twins, procurement and supply chain twins, infrastructure twins, and even customer twins can also be valuable, depending on your business needs.

The potential benefits are compelling, but like any aspect of digital transformation, creating true digital twins isn’t an easy process. Razorleaf can help you ensure you have the skills, resources, and multiple high-quality data sources you need to deliver results.

Model-Based Enterprise

Becoming a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) means reaching the pinnacle of the digital transformation process. It means full digitalization: centering your product information around a 3D model (e.g., model-based definition) and connecting all other product and manufacturing information to that model. It means doing away with paper entirely and passing design and information digitally within your company, as well as to suppliers and vendors. For some organizations, this might be a short journey. Others may have a lot of institutional changes to make.

But the benefits of MBE are proving to be significant. Manufacturers can expect streamlined development processes, faster collaboration and communication throughout the product life cycle, less rework, fewer overall assembly hours, and a reduced time to market—all of which typically yield positive revenue growth, higher profit margins, and product cost savings.

It can take effort and time to unlock the value of engineering models to create greater efficiency, reduce costs, and improve quality throughout the product life cycle, but the results indicate it will be worth it. Razorleaf can be your experienced partner as you identify and navigate the steps required for your digital transformation.

New Product Introductions

The ability to bring new, innovative products to market fast is key. Being late to market can sabotage success, no matter how good the product is. A lack of standard processes to manage collaboration can make it difficult to integrate others into the new product introduction process, including suppliers and partners.

An inability to capture metrics like cycle time can lead to a lack of uniformity and increased costs. Silos can make it difficult to capture and share what you have learned; if you have to keep relearning, you cannot take advantage of the increased efficiency and reduced costs of the experience curve.

What’s needed is a defined framework and structure that encompasses the more complex product introduction process. Individuals from across departments must be able to capture and share information, including the fuzzier side of the process, such as decisions made in meetings.

Razorleaf can help you capture value from both sides of the value proposition – reducing costs by increasing the efficiency of new product introduction processes and increasing revenue by making the innovation process more transparent.

Process Problems

Product development process problems stem from a lack of documented processes along with good automation. A poorly defined product development process makes it difficult to see what’s happening. Without a map of the process, people are too close to individual problems. They lack the visibility needed to resolve them.

What is needed is a new workflow intentionally designed to reflect how products get developed and approved based on your organization.

Clearly defined process-based deliverables support better decisions by the organization. Connected and aligned processes produce efficient and effective product launches that deliver a more sustainable competitive advantage.

Razorleaf’s extensive experience, cross-pollinated from across a variety of industries, will help reestablish a new model for your product development processes based on best practices.

Product Costing

Rapid changes impacting manufacturing makes it more important than ever to drive accurate information into every aspect of design, engineering, and production. However, most organizations lack a good framework for estimating costs.

There are seemingly unlimited options in materials, processes, suppliers, and delivery. The speed, volume, and diversity in today’s design and procurement processes can be unmanageable without standardized processes for checking and documenting supply and manufacturing costs with high confidence.

What is needed is a way to keep tight control of product costs during design and manufacturing to improve procurement and achieve higher profits.

Razorleaf has helped hundreds of manufacturers improve their design-for-cost practices. We base our work on best practices that make product costing part of the design optimization process.

Project and Process Management

Effective project management helps companies monitor performance, schedule resources, and guide communications to assure project requirements and deadlines are both met.

Embracing project management methods brings a standardized, efficient process in-house. Key features include the following:

  • Project templates based on PMI (Project Management Institute) principles
  • Stage-Gate processes
  • Gantt charts
  • Collaboration within a variety of workspaces
  • Flexible scheduling and adjustable milestones
  • Dashboard insights to monitor a wide range of projects
  • Scorecards, KPI metrics, and reports
  • Assign tasks manually or automatically

Razorleaf understands the dynamic nature of modern manufacturing processes and how project goals and requirements can evolve over time. We have years of experience in guiding clients through our robust, disciplined, implementation processes to help keep projects flexible yet focused. Your needs are unique and the solution we implement together will match your specific environment.

Requirements Planning

Requirements planning helps minimize inventory levels and associated carrying costs, track material requirements, determine economical lot sizes, and allocate production time among various products. However, without a defined methodology, it is difficult to optimize such processes. You can end up with a large proportion of expensive, expedited shipments or on-time but incomplete orders.

It is equally difficult to connect to the design function during change processes. This can produce conflicting requirements and costly struggles with change control. You need to be able to anticipate market demands and balance this with reasonable inventory levels.

An effective demand planning system is needed so you can deliver exceptional customer service and improved profits.

Razorleaf provides you with a system that delivers granular insight into requirements, improving your ability to accurately forecast and react to market demand.

Scheduling Optimization

All companies are under pressure to innovate. But do you know if your next product development project will finish on time? Many companies report that innovation projects finish late and rarely deliver the sales promised.

This is because no one’s entirely sure who’s doing what. With multiple projects running in parallel, resources are spread thin. Precious time can be wasted updating statuses on time-sensitive projects.

What is needed is a plan of action and the ability to involve cross-functional team members to identify product development and launch tasks and keep the plan up-to-date. A distributed system can connect schedules and tie together the status of deliverables.

Razorleaf brings its knowledge of best practices across industries to the table and provides you with a realistic picture from the people who know how to optimize processes.

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