The SeedTactic: Planning tool takes advantage of cloud computing to help design new systems and improve existing systems.
- Compare the trade-off between capital, labor, automation, and robotics to decide on a manufacturing strategy.
- Forecast the amount of capital and labor that is required for a flexibile manufacturing system.
- Try a variety of flexibility plans to quickly iterate potential system designs.
- Predict and compare total costs and cost/piece.
- Search out bottlenecks and predict the impact of potential changes on throughput and cost/piece.
All computation happens in the cloud. This page contains a detailed reference of all the features and data in the SeedTactic: Planning tool. For an introduction and overview, check out one of the following whitepapers or how-tows.
- Concepts: Throughput and cost of a new flexible manufacturing system
- Concepts: Iterative improvement of an existing flexible manufacturing system
- How To Design a New System.
Free Trial and Pricing
We offer a free trial project. This trial project is limited to two parts and three workcenters, but otherwise has all features unlocked. In addition, we periodically clean out old trial projects if they have been unused for more than 1 month. At any time, you can upgrade from the trial project by creating a new project and checking the box "Copy data from your trial project to the new project". See the pricing page for details on pricing and plans.
Security and Privacy
We take security and your privacy seriously. All project data is stored in the cloud, but we have designed the software from the ground up with security in mind, using security best-practices and not taking any shortcuts on security. In addition, we know your data is personal to your business, so we don't share your project data with anyone; in fact, only a few of our employees even have access to project data. You can learn more on our security and privacy pages.
The central unit of SeedTactic: Planning is a project. A project targets a cohesive system to manufacture parts that is managed as a single unit. This could be a single machining cell managed by a shift manager, a section of a factory dedicated to manufacturing the components of a single product, or an entire factory managed as a whole. The broader the scope the larger the task, so we suggest you start with a project focused on a single machining cell or small part of the factory.
To create and access your projects, go to your account. Projects can be shared among multiple team members, allowing more than one person to view and edit the project. Once open, the project maintains a connection to the cloud so all changes you make are immediately saved.
Our method of designing and improving a manufacturing system works through a series of stages. At each stage, we collect some data, make some guesses, and use modeling and simulation to show predictions on how the system will operate. We can then iterate our guesses until we see good predictions before moving on to the next stage.
- Stage 1: Project Goals
- Stage 2: Capital vs Labor
- Stage 3: Flexibility Plan
- Stage 4: Part Cost/Piece
- Sensitivity Analysis
Once the design is (reasonably) finalized, the next step is to develop the tactics for operations. We have two specialized tools to assist with operations: