Reduce costs and increase sales with modularization

Modularization of products

Levers for increasing efficiency in Machinery and Plant Engineering

Increasingly, machine series and systems are being designed as configurable functions in combination with options. This is usually done on the basis of a modular system or a platform strategy using factory standards. Modular products reduce product and processing complexity. As a result, modularization projects also significantly reduce manufacturing costs. In addition, the preparation of quotations and subsequent project processing can be simplified considerably on the basis of series and product kits. Benefit from our know-how and combine cost reduction and increased sales by modularizing your products!

Functional orientation as the basis for modularization

Example of the process industry

In most cases, machines and systems are a combination of standards, customized configurations and solutions developed individually for the customer. These systems can be divided into functions and linked via clear, standardized interfaces in the sense of horizontal integration.

The main advantages of function orientation are

  • the ability to implement customized solutions based on standards or mechatronic function modules
  • the continuous quality improvement of solutions through repeatability
  • the simplified explanation and saleability of solutions based on functions
  • the efficient processing with minimal overheads (possibly using sales configurators)
  • the ability to reduce vertical integration by outsourcing pre-assembly.

Benefit from the know-how of UNITY consultants and realize the following added value for your company:

  • Increase the variability of products / improve the possibilities for individualizing machines and systems according to the customer's needs through configuration 
  • Increase the multiple use of parts and assemblies (also known as the common parts strategy) to activate economies of scale in procurement and production# 
  • Create a basis for easier continued development and maintenance of control technology 
  • Shift the customer decoupling point / increase the proportion of scopes that can be produced anonymously for the customer 
  • Shorten delivery times from the customer's perspective and thus improve the level of service 
  • Create a basis for largely digitizable project and order processing (process follows product) 
  • Create the prerequisite for designing more profitable production processes and workflows in factories (production process follows product) 
  • Create products that are easier to explain and maintain and order processing (process follows product) 
  • Create the basis for designing more profitable production processes and workflows in factories (production process follows product) 
  • Create products that are easier to explain, so that less know-how is required by the customer and the risk of misunderstandings is reduced Encapsulate functions to make mechatronic functions easier to control 
  • Reduce the engineer-to-order (EtO) share to reduce the risk of time delays and additional costs in delivery projects Standardize work sequences for e.g. delivery releases and commissioning 
  • Standardize work sequences for delivery releases and commissioning to increase efficiency


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