Siemens AG
Project: 3D-Schaltschrank-Konfigurator

At one glance

Customer Siemens AG
Industry Industrie, Energie Management, Health Care
Project 3D control cabinet configurator
Solutions configuration / 3D solutions
Technologies CadClick, easyKAT®, React.js

Brief summary of the results

  • Visual (3D) components significantly reduce the error rate in the configuration of switch cabinets
  • Relief of the sales department by "outsourcing" the configuration to the customer
  • Significant reduction of processing times thanks to an integrated process chain

The customer

Siemens, headquartered in Berlin and Munich, is a globally active company with a focus on electrification, automation and digitization. With over 379,000 employees in 190 countries (118,000 in Germany alone) and annual sales of 83 billion euros (FY 2017/2018), the listed company is one of the largest in the world.

The challenge

The product portfolio of configurable control cabinets at Siemens is extremely complex and varied. More than 90 enclosures and 2,000 accessories present a challenge for every configuration. In the search for experts for 3D solutions and configurators, Siemens turned to Plan Software, an N4 company. Not only Siemens sales staff, but also the customers themselves should be able to configure complete control cabinets. But the more complex the task, the more error-prone the entire process, which is why visual feedback is almost essential for this task. Normal configurators (without a 3D component) lack this comprehensive control instance. If the process chain is not continuous and data has to be entered again and again, the susceptibility to errors increases once again. But that's not all: if a customer wanted, to have cutouts in the side walls for example, he had to send a paper sketch to the factory "in the same way", which also meant more work for all involved.

The solution

To implement the project, Plan Software worked closely with the "Siemens Competence Center for Configuration" and the "Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector - Low and Medium Voltage Division - Low Voltage & Products Group" as the responsible service provider. Together with our technology partner KiM and other Siemens departments, six locations were the peak of an agile project. The 3D switch cabinet configurator, which was seamlessly integrated into the existing system infrastructure, simplifies the configuration for both sales staff and customers. The final product is realistically visualized, can be viewed from all sides, and can be adapted to suit the customer's wishes, including color design and special requests such as cutouts. The control cabinet configurator was presented at the SPS IPC Drives in November 2018 in Nuremberg. It is scheduled to be officially launched at the Hanover Fair in April 2019.
we solved it.

"With the 8MF switch cabinet configurator, we wanted to achieve a sustainable improvement in the ordering process for customers, sales and production. We have succeeded in doing this very well. The interactive configuration in 3D motivates customers to put together their own product. At the same time, the seamless flow of all order-relevant data through the Siemens Mall and the sales SAP systems to the ERP in the factory ensures fast and error-free processing."
Andreas Berschneider
Head of Online Marketing, Siemens AG, Energy Management Division - Low Voltage & Products