In a recent article, we looked at the top reasons companies choose Engineering Base. One of those reasons was tool consolidation and simplification.
It’s common across industries for each engineering department to have their own unique tools. While this may work for intradepartmental processes, it can make interdepartmental communication and knowledge exchange a challenge.
Tool consolidation and simplification is a fine goal in itself. It reduces complexity and costs. But replacing two or five or ten different engineering platforms with just one has many other advantages. In fact, consolidating engineering tools gives rise to all of the other benefits of Engineering Base that our customers describe.
Better data quality
The quality of engineering data is closely tied to its consistency. Not only does data need to be accurate, but it needs to be accurate everywhere, at all times.
The more tools you have, the less likely it is that your data will be consistent across all of them. Someone will forget to update a database, someone will make a data entry mistake, or someone who just got back from sick leave will start working on the wrong version of a project.
With a single tool that automatically updates documentation across an entire project, none of these situations will come to pass. The data — and all of the diagrams and reports generated using those data — will always be consistent.
Even engineers are human and make mistakes. But mistakes due to inconsistent data and documentation are 100% preventable — by using a single tool rather than several.
Support over the life of a project
A project doesn’t end when the final design pdfs are delivered. Depending on the project, there’s still commissioning, installation, manufacturing, and/or maintenance. A single tool supports and provides insight throughout all of these steps.
Faster work, lower costs
A single tool not only allows simultaneous editing, but also prevents rework due to versioning mistakes and data quality problems. This cuts engineering time, reducing costs and getting deliverables to your customers faster.
When all project teams work within the same platform, it’s easier for them to collaborate. This prevents miscommunication and facilitates better teamwork.
One of the best ways to reduce project lead time, cut costs, and minimize errors is through standardization. With a single tool like Engineering Base, you can design standard modules and then reuse them for different projects. One customer has been able to standardize their process to the point that they need to individually edit only 20% of their diagrams.
Efficiency and optimization
With multiple tools, your engineers have to export data out of one system and import it into another. That’s not time well spent. With a single tool, you have all of your data in one place, greatly enhancing the efficiency of your processes.
Easy to learn, easy to use
Finally, having a single tool reduces training time because engineers have to learn only one platform that they will use throughout an entire project.
As you can see, consolidating your engineering software helps you tackle many of the biggest problems facing engineering organizations today. In doing so, the software becomes much more than a tool. It becomes a solution.