Our software addresses the following problem areas faced by the Manufacturers, Designers, Engineers, Specifiers, and Installers.
Inaccurate Specification and User Training
Product Rules; you have them, and they are probably housed in either an elaborate document or a group of designers and engineers’ brains at your company. This means, at best, users must read this manual and get training to know how to accurately specify your products, or, at worst, all layouts must be fed through a bottleneck of in-house knowledge.
Our process for building a CET extension involves working closely with you to extract this knowledge and incorporate the rules and logic for your products into the software. When this is done properly, external untrained designers or engineers can play with your products and discover your rules through automation, messages, and visual feedback. This creates a playful and fun experience, freeing the creativity of the designers and letting you get back to what you do best, manufacturing excellent products.
What does your product require in addition to its core components? Supports, brackets, jumpers, wiring harnesses?
What rules do these extra components have? Number of receptacles on a given circuit, spacing of supports, maximums, minimums?
These are often problems that get missed by even the most detailed of specifiers.
We love these complex problems! We automate anything from simple ganging bracket generation all the way through to complex electrical routing and automatic support generation algorithms. Complex connection systems? We include placement selection options to reduce frustration. Resizing anything should be as simple as a click and a drag to a new size! One object placed in the drawing may result in zero, one, or many parts.
Our Project Management process ensures these requirements are uncovered, our developers get them programmed, and our QA team ensures every box is checked. We want to surprise you with how simple your most complicated products can be!
How do you receive orders for your products? Fax, Emails? Are these orders formatted consistently? Do you have to manually key them in? Each time a human is involved in receiving and entering an order introduces opportunities for errors.
We have developers that specialize in automatic transference of information out of CET and into your systems. These are custom programmed to match your backend. Need it to link up with your webservice backend? We can do that. Need a customized format? We can do that.
The biggest manufacturers typically have a model for every product variation. But do you? Is there a model for every subtype, leg and bracket in every drawing produced? What impact does it have that you cannot accurately visualize your most unique products? Or, if you do have the models how much extra time does it take to draw these?
Our extensions leverage the models you have while also using parametric algorithms to accurately visualize extrusions, surfaces, and shapes without the need for you to create models. This not only reduces your upfront requirements to get the extension running, but it also reduces your long term overhead of maintaining these models.
We leverage CET’s ability to translate between real-time mode and rendering mode to give you a fast and responsive application while you work with the drawing and swap the model into a high accurate and visually pleasing model during renderings for photos or videos.
Every extra component required is automatically generated and drawn showing a complete product in both plan view and 3d every step of the way.
Maintenance and Performance
Do you already have an extension? How does it perform? How much do you spend on maintaining it? Do you feel frustrated by regressions or unresponsive support? Does your team step back, look at the bigger picture and regularly try to solve fundamental issues rather than the reported symptoms?
We are going to be honest; we don’t like to spend our time maintaining software! We would rather be writing new products, new innovations, and new features for you than being dragged back into code that should have been working already!
Why is this a good thing? We want your software to work! That is the point of computers, do the work for you. So, it should be right. Our team wants to write your software excellent the first time, we have established standards for how to solve problems consistently. We despise band-aid solutions and will regularly propose larger initiatives to recurring problems. This means that our extensions freshly written have low maintenance requirements, and extensions we take over will have larger up front rewrite requirements, but in the long term considerably lower overhead.
All code we write, or touch must meet our stringent code standards. This is enforced with every line of code being peer-reviewed. All changes are tested against requirements and for regressions by quality assurance. We want your end users to be excited to install an update to the software rather than putting it off for fear it will break or corrupt what was already working.
Creating and maintaining data is a requirement today. Adding a new software to your portfolio should not dramatically increase your work to maintain this data. However, many companies have to do this to get a CET extension off the ground. This results in a need to add or reallocate team members to this new need. Overtime this dramatically increases your costs internally or externally.
At PlatinumEdge we work directly with each of our manufacturers to ensure that the data we receive is pure and consistent across all available software. We also do our best to minimize any redundancy adding CET capabilities will bring to a manufacturer’s existing data maintenance routine. This process ensures they do not need to staff up to maintain CET’s data needs.
What We Do
At PlatinumEdge we love to solve complexity. We automate everything we can, we write down our processes, and we debate best practices to make sure we are doing the absolute best by our clients and users. This passion transfers to our software solutions. We want the best for you as quickly and cost effectively as possible without any sacrifice to performance, standards, or user experience.
A fully automated PGC extension is the best long-term value for any manufacturer with complex products.
If you are not already talking to us, reach out and learn more! Info@platinumedgesolutions.com