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In Thursday's Detroit Free Press there is a review of the new Chevy Equinox SUV: read review here.  “Chevrolet has been performing magic lately, making hundreds of pounds of vehicles’ weight disappear without reducing their comfort or features. The ★★★★ 2018 Equinox compact SUV may be its best trick yet. The new Equinox shed 400 pounds and 4.7 inches versus its predecessor, but it remains one of the most accommodating and best-equipped vehicles in the red-hot compact SUV class.” This story is being repeated over and over: The Cadillac ATS, already a couple of years old, is hundreds of pounds lighter than its BMW 3-series competitors. In the early 2000s, a small group of talented CAE structural engineers in GM became frustrated that their design recommendations were not being adopted. They were always “too late to change that.” So, they went in search of where the design decisions were actually being made. That search
Published in Simulation/CAE
Many different industries rely on configure-to-order (CTO) or engineer-to-order (ETO) strategies to profitably deliver products to their customers. Product companies want to mass customize their way to markets of one. Product configurators have long addressed this problem, some technical and some targeted toward business users. Both configuration skills and costing accuracy are essential to make it work. But, as in other disciplines, many of these solutions are designed for experts. Configure-Price-Quote (CPQ) solutions take this one step further, using engineering and enterprise data to quickly develop profitable bids and solutions to customers’ problems. As part of our research on this topic, CIMdata identified over 70 firms with CPQ offerings that are “getting to CPQ” from different directions. The figure below illustrates the types of firms offering CPQ solutions. Types of firms offering CPQ solutions (Courtesy of CIMdata) Configuration management (CM) specialists like Tacton and Configit have offerings in this space. Many are
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