We believe that the ultimate goal for any organization is sharing and re-using knowledge. This enables organizations to learn and constantly improve. In turn, such a strategy means the organization is empowered to deliver better products and services at lower costs and higher profit margins.

Customers from a variety of sectors and industries have asked Knowledge Concepts to create customized knowledge disclosure solutions. Using a combination of technologies, every solution we realize offers easy and secure access to knowledge that is scattered throughout the organization. As the need for knowledge sharing is universal, our customers range from high-tech engineering companies to local and central government and financial institutions.

Text search

"Have we ever done research on a given topic in the past and show me all relevant documents and people involved. Please also provide me with the phone numbers of those involved who are still with the company?"
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Audio/Video search

"Show me all recordings over a given period in which the term fraud is used and show me all names of people and organizations mentioned within 15 seconds of the search term. I would also like to see in a graph whether a specific term or entity is used more or less frequently over a given period in these results"
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Shape search

"Have we ever designed or built something similar to this shape? If so can I re-use it? What was its cost and did we manufacture it ourselves or did we purchase it? If so, where and at what cost?"
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Engineering and Manufacturing

A Typical Situation

We don’t reap the benefits of our costly engineering infrastructure

Considering the rapid growth of both amount and value captured in 3D CAD data, most manufacturers feel the need to improve the re-use of their data and preserve corporate knowledge. A more efficient product development process is a tempting goal as such, but the holy grail would be if this re-use could act as a catalyst to further optimize the entire business process. From design via purchasing and manufacturing up to warehouse management. How could we optimize our entire process whilst minimizing cost and risk?

The Solution

After realizing that organizations are spending considerable time and effort on repetitive and often even identical design tasks Knowledge Concepts developed an application to dramatically save engineering hours. By offering easy access to all parts and assemblies ever made it now is simple for engineers to re-use existing work. Users can now by taking the easiest way seriously reduce cost and time in the engineerings fase plus in the process clean up existing data and processes. This re-use and clean-up of engineering data can be used as a catalyst to further optimize procurement and warehouse management.

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The Result

  • reduction of engineering cost
  • less duplicate parts
  • more purchasing power
  • lower IT spending
  • reduced risks in proposal fase

Customers using this approach have reported significantly a sizable decrease in engineering costs and man-hours whilst at the same time reducing time to market. Additional effects realized are more efficient procurement processes, lower warehouse costs due to the reduction in spare parts and a higher conversion rate for offers at a lower risk.

Banking, Finance and Government

A Typical Situation

We want to do more in less time using the existing staff without having to replace existing applications or investing in expensive conversion programs

The rapid growth of available data creates numerous challenges for many organizations. Analytical power has become expensive and more and more labor intensive. So far, many large scale data-management implementations have failed to deliver the much needed results. Now, how can we resolve this issue quickly at minimal cost and with low impact on the existing infrastructure?

The Solution

Employees generally spend far too much time and effort on locating and analyzing relevant data. To tackle this Knowledge Concepts has developed an application offering intelligent access to a large number of data storage systems in one go. It can also provide analytical indepth insight into and over all these data sources. Now users can creatively mix and match the content in most leading Filesystems, DMS, CMS, PDM, PLM and database systems, without disrupting or requiring changes to these systems.

The Result

  • reduction of man-hours invested in locating relevant information
  • less duplicate work
  • leverage analytical value from existing data
  • lower service cost
  • cross-linking data without expensive conversion programs

Customers can now achieve more in less time against lower operational costs. While realizing this short term cost reduction the organization is at the same time preparing for an uncertain future. With flexible intelligent access to their data any new upcoming situation can be quickly analyzed, handled and mastered without requiring expensive redesigns and conversions.

Text search

"Have we ever done research on a given topic in the past and show me all relevant documents and people involved. Please also provide me with the phone numbers of those involved who are still with the company?"

Usually, answering such a question would take hours, if not days. A properly designed text search application, however, will return these results within just a few seconds. Text search applications are focused on disclosing textual information that is stored in a variety of systems, i.e.: file servers, document management systems, PDM systems, databases, etc. If necessary, these applications can be further enhanced using linguistic technologies like: entity extraction, part-of-speech tagging and taxonomies.

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Audio/Video search

"Show me all recordings over a given period in which the term fraud is used and show me all names of people and organizations mentioned within 15 seconds of the search term. I would also like to see in a graph whether a specific term or entity is used more or less frequently over a given period in these results"

Using state-of-the-art voice recognition software combined with text search allows users to locate relevant information in thousands of hours of recordings in seconds and analyse the results. Our Audio/Video search applications are focused on disclosing any combination television, internet or meeting recordings.

Having located the relevant information a user can choose to either play the relevant part of the recording, use the text of the recording in a wordprocessor or do a further analysis on the content of the search result.

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Shape search

"Have we ever designed or built something similar to this shape? If so can I re-use it? What was its cost and did we manufacture it ourselves or did we purchase it? If so, where and at what cost?"

In most organizations it is almost impossible to get answers to such a question. Organizations with multiple departments or sites, or that have dealt with mergers, will find it all the more complex to resolve these kinds of questions.

Shape search is focused on disclosing 3D CAD information based on the shape of a specific part or assembly. The application is able to locate similar parts and assemblies independent of textual information or metadata from the CAD or PDM-system. Shape search is often used to clean up an organization's CAD files prior to a legacy data migration or PDM implementation. The cost savings concerning the implementation of the PDM alone will easily justify the investment in Shape Search.

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Shape search: supported systems

for 3D CAD design

  • Creo / Pro/Engineer by PTC
  • NX by Siemens
  • Inventor 3D by Autodesk
  • Solidworks by Dassault Systèmes
  • Catia by Dassault Systèmes

for PDM systems

  • Windchill by PTC
  • Teamcenter by Siemens
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