With classmate PLAN, you are already in control of cost calculation during the design stage.
Within seconds, the software detects work processes, calculates production costs, and reveals cost drivers early on.
Transparent and easy.
Work schedules included.
See how it works in our product video:
You already know the production costs during the design stage
Make make-or-buy decisions fast and well-informed
Routing is generated automatically
Base data is accurate and up-to-date
Facilitates process engineering significantly
Material selection is simplified
Cost drivers are identified
classmate PLAN is a tool for companies, which
want to be fully in control of cost calculation during the design stage and before process planning and
aim to achieve considerable savings in process planning.
In case of any questions, we are happy to advise you.
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Pre-calculation during the design process
classmate PLAN generates the pre-calculation of a part on the basis of the 3D CAD model and the available production technologies. classmate PLAN can even create a cost calculation for a complex unit on short notice. The calculation can be carried out on the basis of different premises, whether it is cost comparisons between the prototype and serial production or production alternatives at various production sites.
Automated process planning
The result of the analysis can be used for automated process planning. classmate PLAN detects – based on the analyzed geometry of a part – which work steps are necessary in which order, and generates work schedules for process planning in a matter of seconds. This accelerates the process immensely. The level of detail for work scheduling can be predetermined and various output formats are available. A direct interface to SAP® is provided.
Flexible basis of calculation
General calculation parameters of production technologies are already recorded in a technology database, e.g. cutting paramters for turning and milling processing. Individual parameters, e.g. machine hour rates, can be configured individually and easily adjusted to customer-specific demands. Therefore, the work going into the maintenance of the basis of calculation basics is kept to a minimum.
Currentness and minor error rate
Raw material prices and other relevant purchasing factors can be retrieved directly from the master data system and instantly used for calculation. This approach ensures accurate and up-to-date data and guarantees the best calculation results.
Calculation of times and their costs
When determining times for the purpose of cost calculation, classmate PLAN uses REFA specifications. In addition to the production cost calculation, a full costing can also be produced, e.g. for comparison of offers from external suppliers.
In order to display the cost structure of a part clearly for designers at a glance, the model can be colored in accordance with ‘traffic light colors’ in classmate FINDER or easyFINDER. ‘Expensive‘ production surfaces are colored red, while ‘cheaper‘ production surfaces are colored yellow or green. Details on production processes and costs for this surface are displayed by selecting a surface. When changing the CAD model and a new calculation, changes in the price of the part including the individual production surface can be indicated by different change statuses in table format.