developed a standardised process to help implement PlusParts
as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible in your
company. We can also fully implement the application
for you if you want. However, it is also possible for
you to carry out individual steps yourself or have another
company do it for you.
It is our aim that PlusParts provides you with a tool
that will fully meet the requirements of your company
and your customers. This is why a detailed concept is
developed at the start of every PlusParts project. There
will be two half-day workshops with representatives
of your company during which time we will work together
to determine your exact requirements for an online spare
parts application. It would be useful to also invite
any service agents to these meetings, who will later
actually be using the application.
PlusParts can be designed according to your individual
tastes and requirements. After we have determined the
actual navigational structure and the elements to be
integrated into your online spare parts application,
the templates (sample pages) will have to be adapted
to the design samples (CD). If you have no specific
design requirements, you can choose from one of our
sample templates and customise these by adding your
Whilst we are developing the look and feel of your spare
parts application, we will at the same time, adapt the
application back office to your special needs and requirments.
You can use the PlusParts back office to maintain and
update all data yourself.
Data in and output is carried out via web pages. In
order to make your work with the back office easier,
the application structure will have to be designed at
this point in the proceedings.
Spare parts data, such as prices, part designations
and article numbers will be copied from the ERP system.
Thanks to PlusParts' open database structure, it is
irrelevant which system is used, since you can easily
import any data with it. Should you require a live link
to the ERP system with data update, then an appropriate
interface will have to be developed. The same is true
for customer data.
Depending on the form of your exploded-view diagrams,
they will have to be prepared in such a way that the
application can display them. Exploded-view diagrams
which already exist in digital form, will have to be
cleansed (remove logos and any unneeded graphics). Any
diagrams that are not yet in digital form will first
have to be scanned in. The data size of the drawing
will then have to be optimised so that it appears on
the user's PC without delay.
A special OCR software or SVG parsing module then imports
the optimised drawings and extracts all spare part
does most of all of this automatically. However,
it is usually necessary to make careful manual corrections
afterwards.The SVG parsing
module can be used for the vector-based drawings, which
will greatly reduce the amount of time needed for adjustments
Finally, any functions that are additional to the PlusParts
standard package and which are included in the overall
concept have to be programmed in.
If you want to use PlusParts on a worldwide scale, all
system texts will have to be translated into the appropriate
languages. We can provide you with sample translations
in German, English, French, Italian and Spanish for
the most important functions. However, these will always
have to be individually adapted and edited for each
project. The PlusParts back office allows translators
to use any web browser to translate, change or create
texts in other languages.
If you want to distribute PlusParts
on CD Rom in addition to having it online, you will
need to create a glass master to make the CD and to
print templates for the accompanying booklet. We can,
of course, take care of the entire CD production for
you. The same is true for printed
catalogues and microfiche. In order to do this, the
films for the printer's are generated straight from
You can input new drawings at any time using the PlusParts
back office. This means that,in future, you yourself
can carry out regular updates for your company.
Ongoing price and customer
data updates are also done in the back office.
This ensures that your company's on-line spare parts
system is always up to date.
It is our aim to get you to
update your spare parts application on your own. This
is why we will provide your staff with training so that
they are able to use the back office and accompanying
software. The course will only take a day and can be
conducted either at your company or at our office. The
right time to conduct the training course depends on
the project in question and this can be arranged in
accordance with your time schedule.