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Tacton Design Automation provides constraint-based and parametric engineer-to-order automation inside SolidWorks, PTC CREO and Autodesk Inventor. With needs-driven design, CAD engineers can configure designs of complex products – including feedback on incompatible choices - and automatically generate complete 2D drawings,...
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Tacton Design Automation provides constraint-based and parametric engineer-to-order automation inside SolidWorks, PTC CREO and Autodesk Inventor. With needs-driven design, CAD engineers can configure designs of complex products – including feedback on incompatible choices - and automatically generate complete 2D drawings, 3D models and quote documents. The configurator-powered Tacton Design Automation is designed to propose a solution that's not just buildable, but optimal for the customer’s unique requirements.
Users can manage design variations through Tacton Design Automation for SolidWorks, PTC CREO and Autodesk Inventor, to increase sales efficiency, decrease cost of sales and design errors, increase number of quotes and won deals. Tacton Design Automation handles repetitive and routine sales engineering tasks, and aims to let product experts focus on product innovation and revenue growth.
The vendor's value proposition for Tacton Design Automation:
- Increased efficiency and sales velocity – when CAD design is automated, both sales and manufacturing documentation can be produced much faster and sometimes completely automatically
- Increased revenue – faster design means more quotes and thereby more won deals
- Improved quality – with constraint-based product validation and conflict resolution, Tacton configurator always generates 100% error-free solutions, thereby eliminating costly design errors
- Increased win-rate – since Tacton can translate customer needs into a technical solution, your designs will resonate better with customers’ business needs, increasing product fit and thereby number of won deals.
- Decreased sales costs – by automating repetitive sales engineering tasks, the number of people involved in sales and design process is dramatically decreased
- Increase innovation - By automating routine CAD tasks and repetitive work on custom solutions, Tacton Design Automation radically reduces the time from design to fulfilment, freeing up engineering resources to help innovating new products and driving revenue growth.
We have dramatically reduced our design time. Time to produce submittals went from 1-2 weeks down to a couple of days. Then, once approved, normally to produce the fabrication drawings (70+ unique parts) it would take from 4-6 weeks. We can get it down to as little as a few days.
We have gotten to a point where our main constraint is how quickly we can extract the information from the customer specification and put it into the configurator. The modeling end is so fast; it is no longer a factor.
I also feel that it normalizes the training between different skilled individuals. With the design intent captured within Tacton Design Automation, the user is then held within those parameters letting Tacton Design Automation do most of the legwork. The user can then focus on doing custom work.
- The interface for programming and running Tacton Design Automation is directly integrated into SOLIDWORKS. Residing in SOLIDWORKS it makes it very quick and simple to program and test your configurator models.
- Creating the end GUI is streamlined. No time is wasted creating, sizing, aligning fields and other data entry interfaces. Tacton Design Automation compiles all types of fields into a uniform interface for the end user.
- Another great advantage Tacton Design Automation has is its error handling/trapping capabilities. Because Tacton’s solver is a true configurator, constraints set forth in the program will be automatically checked against other constraints and ranges to ensure all choices set by the user are within parameters. If the user chooses something outside the parameter, Tacton Design Automation will automatically present options to change other previously set choices to resolve those conflicts.
- Layout mode within Tacton Design Automation allows you to assemble many Tacton ready parts together within SOLIDWORKS and from there they will share common data between each other. This provides a way to be modular. To create and use models right away and add to as more models become available. You can pick the low hanging fruit first and go from there, not necessarily needing to encompass all parts at once.
- Layout mode is probably the most lacking aspect of the software (within Tacon Design Automation Engineer). Something so powerful as having modular parts should be more heavily supported. Although, I've heard Tacton is focusing on updating this with better functionality.
- The constraint editor does not display complex/lengthy constraints very well. I end up using Excel to visually break out in cells the different aspects of the constraint.
- Time to produce submittals went from 1-2 weeks down to a couple of days. Then, once approved, normally to produce the fabrication drawings (70+ unique parts) it would take from 4-6 weeks. We can get it down to as little as a few days.
- Tacton has a non-linear solver, meaning it can solve lots of equations without them being is a particular order. This enables the software to be incredibly flexible.
- Tacton has a great interface to set up configurators for people to use. No knowledge of programming languages is required. The configurator uses equations similar to Excel equations to control what the users options are.
- Tacton has the ability to easily add lists of data like product lists, beam or pipe sizes that because available for user selections or for calculations.
- The Tacton configurator also automatically builds the user interface as you set up user inputs making it much easier to set up then competitor software.
- Setting up a Tacton configuration can get very complicated, I usually end up with several pages in a binder or notebook of notes to track how a particular product was set up.
- The fact that I need to reference several pages of notes to keep track of what I am doing or especially to tell what I did several weeks later, makes me think that maybe Tacton could come up with a way to better organize things or show the user an overview of what they are building so they don't get lost in it.
- The payback period is fast on the software investment but is slower to cover the investment in labor to set up product configurations. Depending on how complicated your products are
- We look at payback period of our products and including learning the system and everything over the first year we average a .8 year payback on software and labor combined. Although some were much better around .3 years while some parts that were more complicated and done first with a steep learning curve were as much as a 4 year payback.
- One of the down sides of automating your business like this is that the software can only help you save time and money if you sell the products that have been configured in the system, so if you sell less of the products you set up than planned it can be a big waste.