Sourcing and Supply Chain Solution

The Opportunity

Global sourcing and supply chain professionals can produce enormous savings for large manufactures through aggregation.  Aggregation of parts leads to reductions in suppliers, reduced cost through consolidation, simplification, and improved productivity.

However, in most large companies today, the engineering product data is hidden. Non-standardized or complex and hard to maintain file naming rules, language differences, and CAD/PLM system differences make finding product data very difficult across locations.  In addition, finding data pertaining to a part, on a part name or part number basis, does not give you the needed insight to compare that part to duplicate or similar parts located elsewhere.

In order to achieve the benefits of aggregation across an ever growing global organization, with poorly structured data, a new approach is necessary.

Similar Parts – Different Names

Required Capabilities

To achieve the key objectives of cost savings through reducing and aggregating purchased parts, global sourcing and supply chain departments need improved visibility into product data.  But simply gaining access to individual product information will not enlighten the searcher regarding duplicate and similar parts.

An approach must be found to quickly and easily organize the product data in a way that exposes the duplication and similarities across all data sources.  In addition, attribute data must be captured that allows further differentiation of similar parts by data such as material, supplier location, cost etc.

Finally, searching product data must be simple, intuitive and accurate.  Asking the sourcing department to utilize existing CAD or PLM systems to search, locate and analyze product data is not productive.

The Solution

Bingo! is a Shape-Based search technology which provides a unique and highly productive solution to the part and vendor proliferation problems found among major manufacturers’ today.

Using our powerful shape similarity algorithm, Bingo! enables manufacturers to locate, organize and analyze duplicate and similar designs and parts, thereby, effectively providing visibility and decision support information for aggregations initiatives.

Shape-based search is nameless.  Spelling, language, and file naming rules are not required.  The shape search technology of Bingo! is simply the most ubiquitous, accurate, and intuitive search key for product data.  Bingo! will enhance your strategic sourcing initiative by enabling shape-based part and product similarity analysis and linking geometric data with attribute data from non-CAD systems to provide a central repository for similarity based decisions.

Bingo! capabilities include:

  • Identifying duplicate and similar parts.
  • Organizing and classifying part data into useful catalogs.
  • Providing powerful and intuitive shape search capabilities.
  • Analyzing and reporting on the data to enable effective decision making.
  • Integration to external attribute based systems for additional filtering and consolidation of data in a single, similarity based system.