Authentise has released RFQ Responder to help contract manufacturers respond to Requests For Quotes (RFQ) quickly and efficiently.
The provider of data-driven engineering and manufacturing workflow tools said that thanks to RFQ Responder, teams can now quickly gather full requirements through configurable interfaces for both customers and staff.
The tool should provide key design data and prices automatically as a baseline, which can then be adjusted based on templatised workflows and Authentise’s guideline recommendation engine.
Authentise said RFQ Responder is the only tool in the additive industry capable of doing so for assemblies.
Teams of users can edit collaboratively the baseline to identify the right technology and production process, communicating through chat and tracking tasks in the pre-production workflow manager feature.
In doing so, they can build on historical experience both through the build and model libraries, which means the resulting quotes are easily configurable to allow work items to be hidden, discounted, or excluded.
Authentise said RFQ Responder was developed on to the experience and technology stack used for Authentise’s flagship workflow management tool, Flows and, as such, it provides the same integrations into ERP and PLM systems, and high-security environment, including on-premise deployment and ITAR hosting options.
It should also allow for deeper analytics thanks to no-code integrations with Microsoft Power Automate. Connecting RFQ Responder to Flows should also allow for deep machine learning by comparing estimates against actuals over time and using the insights to improve the predicted production time and errors for future production runs.
“Responding to RFPs for complex parts requires collaboration between many stakeholders, especially if they’re moving towards production rate. They’re not quoted in instant online portals,” said Authentise CEO Andre Wegner.
“Experts consider a range of factors, not least the standards required in production. This can take weeks. With our recent release of Guidelines and the collaboration and quoting tools previously only available through Flows, we’re in the prime position to help make companies more reactive to incoming inquiries. We’re delighted to bring this third spin-off product from Flows to market, next to Materials Management and the Digital Design Warehouse.”