11th VDMA Conference Variant Management

Making variant diversity manageable through connected IT systems

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When variant management is mentioned, the first thing that often comes to mind is the customer, customer requirements and variant diversity. This is accompanied by complex internal processes and organizational structures that raise overall costs and time. This is especially noticeable in production. In order to be able to ensure the efficiency and quality of the machines and systems produced, it is necessary have a look at the inside of the company or organization. The key to success lies in improving the management of IT interfaces and in the continuous maintenance of the material master with the help of IT-supported tools.

Many companies in the mechanical engineering sector still have a long way to go before they reach this point: This is demonstrated by responses to corresponding surveys, which were processed by around 70 participants during the 10th VDMA Variant Management Conference in September 2021. The survey shows that machine manufacturers are still facing major challenges. There are still many unanswered questions at companies. In the field of tension among quality, costs and product variants, IT tools can support the processes. In this context, variant management acts as a bridge between production and the customer.

The link to register for the event as well as the agenda of the event can be accessed here.