Vetus develops ‘windows configurator’
SCHIEDAM ~ As part of an ICT project involving some 20 yacht builders and related sectors in the Netherlands, Vetus has developed an online “configurator” enabling the Dutch leisure marine giant to produce windows faster and more efficiently. Vetus speaks of a tool to meet growing demand for customization. And not just in boat windows.
“This development reduces our dependence on the specific expertise of a limited number of people,” says Arthur Roeling, head of Vetus Research and Development. He says the online configurator gives clients a direct role in customizing Vetus windows and his company more market access.
“And why stop at custom windows? This is also useful in crank shaft systems, water tanks etc.,’ says Roeling. The configurator greatly simplifies matters. Orders for windows _ Vetus makes them in myriad of versions _ are now largely processed manually, using bulky Excel files and Word templates. They require sales staff to ensure product requests are technically feasible. Final orders must be translated into English and manually entered into Microsoft Dynamics NAV, a resource planning software and sent to India where the windows are made.
The configurator fills orders in an online Q-and-A format. Jan van Dijk, Vetus Product Design Manager: “It says immediately if an order is technically feasible. If not, it proposes alternatives, lists costs and any extra charges. Clients are billed in their language. Their final order is automatically generated in English and shipped to the manufacturing plant. The configurator also lets clients see what product versions _ double glazing, for instance _ are technically possible.”
Vetus has subsidiaries in Britain, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Russia, the U.S., China, India, Denmark, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It supplies customers from 3 distribution centers in the Netherlands, the U.S. and Australia.
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