CEMS Design Expert System

JM-Stanley's CEMS Design Expert System (patent pending) seamlessly integrates inquiry-to-order (ITO) and order-to-remittance (OTR) procedures. Our system has obvious advantages over those of other competitors because
  • our proposals are uniquely defined with specific part numbers.
  • we know exactly what parts to use for a project as soon as an order is received.
  • our design drawings always use the best of our knowledge automatically.
  • mistakes caused by internal and external mis-communications are minimized.
  • wastes caused by reworks in design and production are significantly reduced.
  • and we can deliver the high-quality products quicker and cheaper than other vendors.
Diagram 1: JM-Stanley CEMS Design Expert System

How JM-Stanley Operates

Our streamlined Procedures

Our CEMS online quoting tool (patent pending) receives inputs directly from customers. In the backgroud, our system translates customers' inputs into selections of proper CEMS components interactively. After a customer finalizes his/her inputs, a CEMS quote will be generated automatically. Thanks to the CEMS online quoting tool, customers can get customized quotes of CEMS products in 20 minutes.

After receiving a signed contract, our CEMS Design Expert System will be used to generate design drawings for the project. Since all the design details in our expert system have been carefully optimized, there will be very few if any mistakes in our design drawings. Our system ensures a smooth implementation of CEMS products to meet our customers' requirements.

Diagram 2: Streamlined ITO & OTR Procedures

How Traditional CEMS Vendors Operate

CEMS industry has been relying heavily on engineering experiences. A typical CEMS project is composed of hundreds of components provided by different vendors. Each component must be selected carefully by experienced engineers to meet required specifications.

Traditional ITO Procedure

To understand a customer's requirements clearly, a CEMS vendor has to go through rounds of communication cycles with the customer. The customer may have to wait for weeks before he/she can receive a quote from the vendor. In the vendor's proposal, the customer may not be noted that major components can have different options. It is highly possible that the customer can be oversold by the vendor.

Diagram 3: Traditional ITO Procedure

Traditional OTR Procedure

When a signed contract is granted to a CEMS vendor, it typically takes more than 20 weeks for the vendor to deliver the final product.

First of all, an experienced CEMS engineer has to spend several weeks in understanding project scope defined in project turnover package prepared by ITO team. After reading through the turnover package, which is composed of different documents that can be hundreds of pages, the engineer can then start preparing design drawings for the project.

In the design drawings, the engineer has to deal with

  • dozens of wiring and plumbing connections and
  • hundreds of electrical & mechanical parts.

Since the design phase is both time-consuming and tedious, it is very common for the engineer to re-use "proven design drawings" that were used for previous projects. It typically takes an experienced engineer 2~3 weeks to put together a decent design drawing package.

After putting together the whole design drawing package, the engineer has to deal with different mistakes in the design drawings when it comes to production, even though the design drawings may have been reviewed by colleague for several times.

It is near-impossible for traditional CEMS vendors to eliminate rework in design and production because

  • CEMS designs are pretty complex.
  • design requirements are defined in descriptive words without specifying exactly what parts to use.
  • different engineers have different ways to interpret the design requirements.
  • there are a lot minor differences in each projects.
  • a proven design can become obsolete as time passes by.
  • some design details are unique for each project.

Due to the "trial-and-error" nature of CEMS designs, traditional CEMS vendors have trouble delivering tested CEMS products in less than 20 weeks although most parts can be procured in 8 weeks.

For traditional CEMS vendors, a huge amount of time and money are wasted on design revisions and hardware reworks. To cover their incapabilities to make their designs right the first time, the vendors put a lot of extra charges in their quotes.  Unfortunately, customers have to pay for the those extra charges unwittingly.

Diagram 4: Traditional OTR Procedure