VULCAN - Variant management

VULCAN Variant Management

With sustainable variant management, you master and shape the diversity of your service spectrum far beyond pure product configuration.

Sustainable variant management provides the topics

  1. Detection
  2. Planning and
  3. Use

of variants into the foreground, following exactly this order.

VULCAN provides you with all the tools you need for sustainable variant management. VULCAN contains a part variance analyser for the detection of variants , a series of apps for part specification for the design and management of the variance and a product configurator for the subsequent use of this variance in VULCAN.

Parts variance analyser

App to find "similar" parts in the part master, i.e. to find and structure groups of parts in such a way that the individual members of a group can only be uniquely described by different characteristics of one and the same feature bar. The attribute scale itself is determined by the group and is therefore valid for all members (parts) of the group.

Parts Specifier Apps

Variance parts

The number of parts in the part master is considerably reduced by defining variant parts with attribute lists. A variant part is clearly defined in its use by the characteristics of its attributes. Distinct variant parts are always grouped together in the system in all processing stages if their characteristics are the same in each case.

Sales sets

Defining sales articles and sales sets as roles for variant parts simplifies and structures product definition and configuration in sales(product configurator). The number of variants decreases internally, although the number of variants is obviously maintained externally for the customer.

Material characteristics

By using calculating formula attributes or conditional attributes with rules, technical data can be determined automatically from sales performance characteristics. The risk of errors is considerably reduced.

(Variant) specification

Characteristics of a variant part can be provided with a number. This facilitates the handling of variant parts, among other things, by allowing the virtual parts to be named.

Variant parts lists

By defining variant parts lists, with additional variant parts as items, the design effort is considerably reduced.


By combining equal parts from different orders at different production stages, the respective batch size is increased.

Demand requirements

By combining variant parts of different orders but with the same characteristics, the effort in purchasing is reduced.

Variant work plans

By defining variant work plans, the effort required to create production orders in work preparation is considerably reduced.

Text articles

For "exotic" parts, which are completely out of the normal range of parts, articles can be processed in the system in the form of a pure word processing system throughout all business processes. From an organisational point of view, the use of such text articles should be limited to rare extreme cases.

Product configurator

The aim of a product configuration is to create a sales bill of materials consisting of assembly sets, sales sets or loose sales items.

The advantages of VULCAN lie in the conditional positions of the assemblies and sales sets, which are automatically pronounced after the query of material characteristics. The sales parts list of a product configuration can also be freely composed from individual components of the article master.

Through a connection to AutoCAD, a product configuration can also be created by importing a CAD drawing.

An import from an MS Excel file is also possible.


Operational business