I work for an Aerospace interior company and we are trying to figure out if Product configurator would work for us. We are somewhat new to Epicor and still trying to learn everything it has to offer and what would work for our company. Can someone give me some good places to look to see if this is something that would work? We have many changes as the design is being built as well as many customer specific options to each item we build at this time. Is this even looking into? Engineering at this time do not use Epicor at all.
I would start with the Product Configurator Technical Reference Guide. You can get it on EpicWeb here:
There are also a few videos on YouTube if you search for “Epicor Configurator” that were uploaded by consulting agencies (Tomlin, EpiCenter, Crawford, etc.) that will help you get a feel for what the Configurator can do on a high level. We found that the best resource by far though was just talking to other users that have implemented it and discussing how they handled specific use cases. This is where going to things like Insights and EUG meetings really pay off.
We built our first Configurator about a year ago now and find ourselves heading in that direction more frequently as we’ve become more comfortable with the processes. The learning curve can feel a bit steep at first, but you get the hang of it eventually. Basically, if you can outline what you want the end result to look like and think of an algorithm to get there from a template part using a set of inputs, then the Configurator will work for what you want to do.
It can be a bit tricky to get your head around at first, i found the youtube videos and “configurator in action” section of the in-built help gave me the best overview.
It can be pretty versatile, we make extensive use of lookup tables so that we can easily make changes to configurations without having to modify the configurator itself.
Just depends how much time and money you are willing to spend setting it up right. If you have someone in your organisation that writes C# that will help a lot
This times 1000 - especially on the design. You don’t have to be an absolute genius with it, but a passing familiarity will make your life so much easier. And if you’re planning on publishing the configurator externally through ECC then the design look/feel/behavior becomes a real factor.