OFML – Efficient Planning Leaves Room for Details

Emotional selling starts with planning. For those who are looking to win people over with a planning solution, functionality and design are equally important. Here the trick usually lies in the details, as these can more often than not be the difference between a buy or don’t buy decision. Of course, details take time – so it helps when the basics can be planned quickly.

OFML – Standard with great potential. When we talk about the processing of product data in planning and configuration systems, OFML is the standard. Especially when products are “contiguously” planned, OFML offers several advantages that can make the path to a holistic solution much more efficient: we’re talking about meta-operations.

In modern, open-plan offices, furniture and upholstered furniture systems that come in various configurations, heights and materials are in high demand. That includes products that come as basic modular elements or parts of a flexible, integrated solution. Needs-based products, if you will. For the end user, it appears that they are free to plan and combine products without thinking twice. In reality, such solutions are based on a great deal of fundamental product knowledge: which elements can connect to one another, should this be considered when I do that, etc.

For the planning of such products, meta-operations like metaplanning are offered. Knowing which module can follow another is all hidden in the data. When the planner selects an output element, pCon.planner then shows all of the possible combinations that are available. Verified with rules and on demand – you can plan “one after the other”, so to speak, saving a great deal of time.

OFML – Efficient Planning Leaves Room for Details pCon.planner OFML
The drawing of this sofa landscape took just a few minutes. Since a complete set of rules is behind the drawing, the question of whether or not the design can actually be implemented doesn’t exist — assured process planning thanks to OFML. Shown here: metaplanning with Orangebox.

Is this new? No. This technology has been around for several years and is actively used by a number of manufacturers. So why are we writing about it now? Well, for one, we like that everything is possible with OFML ;) And two, because professional and quick planning is a present day theme, one in which work environments quickly change and the places where work takes place all have their own individual needs. Keywords: open office, single-user workstation, team meeting etc. The possibilities for visualizing products are endless – now you just have to think of them!

Find out more about the opportunities to make your product planning process more efficient. We’re here to help!

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