The first live meeting for the Carolina Chapter of the CWG was a big success. Fourteen people representing six companies gathered at Baldor Electric’s Greenville SC office for lunch and a chance to exchange ideas and questions.
Chuck Howard gave us some insight into Albany International’s robust use of VC to support their business of selling complex products to the paper industry. Chuck’s presentation generated a lot of discussion around complex BOM/Routing logic and designing models to support engineering.
Kendal Samuel presented Hubbell Lighting’s use of Variant tables and the considerable improvements CU60E provided to Hubble. Kendal’s presentation sparked a lot of discussion around the use and maintenance of variant tables. Hubble does a nice job of leveraging a single Variant table to assist in Super BOM material selection across multiple KMATS.
Bill Hooper from Itelligence Group presented an interesting find in SPRO Configuration to lock a configured order from being changed. This technique would be particularly useful to keep customers, or sales people, from changing a configuration during production or once the configured order has shipped.
Scott Perdue updated everyone on the recent agreement between ASUG and CWG, as well as, the recent improvement initiative SAP launched for the PMEVC. We reviewed the results of the voting on which changes customers would most like to see made to PMEVC, and toured the PMEVC some to give those who are not familiar a change to see its potential.
I believe some good connections were made between the companies represented and the desire to strengthen those connections with additional meetings and individual follow-ups was expressed.