The inefficiencies are significant. In most manufacturing operations, there is duplication of effort, including redrawing or reworking information that is already available, just not easy to find. We make that information instantly available.
Brookline, MA (PRWEB) November 10, 2010
Inforbix, http://www.inforbix.com, has announced its product data application for engineering and manufacturing. The system provides a set of applications that makes available information from automated design systems, product suppliers, e-mail, and enterprise systems such as purchasing and inventory control.
According to CEO and co-founder, Oleg Shilovitsky, “Inforbix can combine many different pieces of information coming from multiple places and sources. A user—whether a design engineer or a product developer—can search across, browse, slice and dice the many different data sources containing information about a part, component, or assembly.”
Traditional search and content processing systems do not index the information required to design, manufacture, and interchange components. Shilovitsky said, “The inefficiencies are significant. In most manufacturing operations, there is duplication of effort, including redrawing or reworking information that is already available, just not easy to find. We make that information instantly available.”
In the Inforbix solution, the user can navigate between connected pieces of data. The system indexes and makes available data from CAD Systems (i.e. SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Inventor, SolidEdge etc.) and 2D drawing objects. In addition, the system automatically locates and links to product and engineering information in Excel tables, engineering databases, PDM, PLM, CRM, ERP, systems, e-mails and other data sources.
Shilovitsky noted, “The cost savings are important, but the big payoff our customers tell us is the elimination of duplicate effort and reduction of the time for the engineering design process itself.”
The firm’s customers include a number of specialty manufacturers who participated in alpha tests and pre-launch deployment of the ground breaking system. Stephen E Arnold, strategic information consultant and publisher of the Beyond Search blog, http://www.arnoldit.com/wordpress, said: “Mainstream search systems are blind to the types of data held within specialized manufacturing, engineering design, and other specialized applications. Inforbix is one of the first companies to tackle this type of information problem. The financial benefits of this type of system are significant. Firms duplicate designs, lose track of suppliers of components, and force engineers to do research by chasing down disparate data and then manually assembling the data. Inforbix makes this synthesis a matter of a second or two. Inforbix has moved beyond search in an important way.”
“These customers,” added Shilovitsky, “are using the system at the start of new projects. The system is now used for product reviews to identify efficiencies in the design, engineering, and supply chain. One of our customers has applied the system to real time updates about the status of design updates. Like general search, our customers are delighted with the ability to slice and dice information into different forms such as a table for a Word document or produce a mashup or dashboard view of the needed information.”
For more information about the Inforbix content processing system for product data applications, navigate to http://www.inforbix.com. An interview with Shilovitsky is available at http://www.arnoldit.com/search-wizards-speak/inforbix.html.
Inforbix is a privately held company located in Brookline, MA. The firm was founded in 2010. For more information, contact Oleg Shilovitsky at +1 617 299 0292 or oleg [at] inforbix [dot] com.