EPOCH Configuration Management Benefits

EPOCH CM quickly delivers configuration management benefits to its users by providing a standards-based commercial-off-the-shelf CM solution that is rapidly deployable, instantly usable, easily tailorable, and readily affordable. These benefits are delivered to a variety of roles across the organization and its supply chain.

For the Organization as a whole, EPOCH Configuration Management manages the flow of configuration data and history of deployed assets and mission-critical equipment over the entire lifecycle of use. This starts with initial contract requirements, then into development and test, all the way through installation, maintenance, repair, refurbishment, and even retirement. EPOCH CM helps to simplify, standardize, automate, track, and report on the many detail-oriented tasks and site-specific requirements of performing configuration management and change control over this entire lifecycle.  Time spent checking configuration status or recreating change history is significantly reduced because managers throughout the organization can view the data on-line in a collaborative process with their colleagues or contract suppliers. Costly errors and reworks are minimized due to users outside of engineering and across the organization having a more reliable and usable access to the live configuration data of as-deployed products or assets.

For CM users in a Product Engineering role, EPOCH CM provides the ability to identify, relate, and track the components of products, complete systems, and associated documentation through all phases of the lifecycle without regard to the original CAD, PDM, or PLM software.  Engineers can query vaulted drawings and part structures created from multiple CAD or PDM systems to perform where-used queries and what-if assessments of proposed configuration changes. Common design engineering elements can be tracked across product family variant configurations to facilitate comprehensive change impact assessments.

For CM Specialists, the EPOCH CM data model retains historical records of the relationships between all related product configuration objects along with their hierarchies, dependencies, effectivities, and supersessions.  With its built-in CM rules base and pre-programmed data relationships, EPOCH CM provides total control of the “one-to-many, many-to-one and many-to-many” data object relationships which are so unwieldy to manage otherwise. Changes can then be analyzed and implemented with all of the relevant history logged via a paperless change review and document revision-roll process. Records and reports can be easily produced for verification audits and compliance verification.

Users of configuration data in functions such as Engineering Services, Quality Assurance, Data Management, and Document Control have a CM tool with EPOCH that is easily mastered for even the occasional usage. The time-consuming work of creating, tracking, and updating configuration-related data, spreadsheets and reports from disparate manual systems is dramatically reduced.  Data is entered one time and then reused wherever necessary for greater efficiencies with a reduction in errors, omissions, and obsolescences.

Manufacturing Engineers, Logistics Planners, Procurement Buyers, and Suppliers have instant access to what is often missing in their ERP, SCM, or ILS systems or that which is beyond their restricted access to engineering-controlled PDM vaults. This includes not only part information, but also alternate and substitute parts, serial and date effectivities, current and historical BOM information, authorized suppliers, and cross-referenced documentation such as manuals, procedures, drawings, etc. all which are easily retrievable for live collaborative decision making.

Personnel in the important downstream functions of Customer Support, Field Service, Tech Pubs, Repair, and MRO can themselves locate As-Planned, As-Built, As-Shipped, and As-Maintained configuration baselines, review pending changes, and view all product-related drawings, documents and change orders all in one source. They can track rebuild orders, repair instructions, and replacement swap-outs of fielded products at the level of component parts, BOMs, software versions, sub-assemblies, assemblies, complete systems, and field sites.  Proposed modifications to product structures by serial or lot number can be held as work-in-progress views without needlessly populating or polluting all the product history of all the deployed assets.

Project Leads and Program Managers are able to track the status of their projects, create and distribute version-controlled technical data packages, satisfy contractual requirements that specify configuration management controls, and assign work by projects that can be monitored with automatic metrics reporting. EPOCH CM can be quickly deployed to support new contracts which require a nimble low-overhead CM solution that avoids the time and cost of implementing over-weight PLM and PDM software.

Finally, IT professionals responsible for software deployment, maintenance, security, and upgrades will appreciate a solution and its provider that are right-sized, responsive, and easy to work with.  EPOCH’s architecture permits nimble integration with existing systems and migration of legacy data without having to invest in a much larger enterprise data architecture just to support a new contract or supply/service chain requirement.

Read more about the EPOCH CM functions which enable these benefits HERE. To learn more about specific customer use cases of EPOCH CM and the value users have received from its numerous configuration management benefits, contact CMstat by e-mail at information@CMstat.com or call (+001) 877-537-1959.

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