Monday 2 November 2009


The Productivity Check
EPLAN Introduce EPF

EPLAN Software & Service has created the Engineering Performance Factor (EPF) which determines potential ways to reduce costs. An individual check determines the savings potential in an integrated process - companies receive positive tips of how to proceed - all in a cost-free first step.

Using a questionnaire, all phases in the engineering process such as electrical design, enclosure construction, mechanical design, production integration and data management, to name a few, are examined. Each of the 12 questions has four possible answers that represent a specific development level in each discipline. Based on the overall score, the deviation from the optimal process can be determined.
The user can determine the weighting himself. For example, if enclosure construction is of little or no interest to the company, then this question will be given a lower evaluation factor. The result or the overall score is also tailored to the company's individual requirements.

This engineering check determines the strengths/weaknesses in the integrated process and shows the status of product development with respect to state-of-the-art technology. Users receive an individual evaluation including a short analysis and tips for a positive course of action.

If the engineering check indicates that there are weaknesses in the process, then EPLAN Software & Service offers corresponding check-up days – tailored to the EPF concept. Special packages are bundled with appropriate services. For example, the design check-up. An on-site EPLAN consultant meticulously takes stock of the design process, analyzes weaknesses, outlines process objectives and puts together a catalogue of measures. This analysis contains an accurate cost/benefit estimate for efficient processes - including an ROI calculation.

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