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SEER-MFG for Manufacturing


Plan, Manage, and Control Manufacturing Projects and Processes 


The best design in the world is destined to fail if it can’t be efficiently and reliably manufactured. Where SEER for Hardware evaluates and analyses product options, SEER for Manufacturing (SEER MFG) focuses on manufacturing project and process options, and can be used to model virtually any manufacturing operation.


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Project Estimation Software - A key component of a complete Design for Manufacturability. Enables organizations to optimise both functional design and costs for production, providing a realistic and manageable view of production costs, labour, materials, tooling, set-up and rework.  


Cost Management Software - A key component of a Design to Cost solution, SEER MFG is widely used by manufacturing outsourcers to develop “should-cost” guidelines, and by manufacturing subcontractors who need to reduce bid preparation time and error rates, and to quickly determine when not bidding at all is the best option.  


A broad set of manufacturing processes is supported, including company-defined processes:



All SEER project management software solutions are built on the same design principles, incorporating the following application elements:



An intuitive interface for defining and describing projects. Users can generate a new project from an existing project “template” or by adding and defining individual work elements. A series of pop-up windows and annotations guide users through the process of defining project scope, complexity, and technologies.


Simulation/Modeling Engine:

Sophisticated sector-specific mathematical models derived from extensive project histories, behavioural models, and metrics.


Knowledge Bases:

SEER Knowledge Bases serve as a virtual “in-house expert,” providing default project definitions, values, ranges, and calibrations based on time and motion studies. Enables users to develop first-look estimates when very little information is known, and to refine those estimates as details become available.



A variety of charts, graphs, and reports for quickly summarizing and presenting project outcomes and alternatives as well as work-in-progress.


Open architecture and APIs ensure that SEER applications can be easily integrated with departmental productivity solutions and enterprise applications.







SEER MFG (formerly SEER-DFM) was designed to enable both intermittent and advanced users in management, finance, engineering, industrial design, and manufacturing to evaluate process options and tradeoffs impacting such factors as ease of fabrication and assembly, number and availability of parts, materials selection, and failure and repair rates. As with all SEER project estimating software solutions users can optimise their process strategy by performing extensive trade-off analyses – varying assumptions and options to determine what manufacturing strategy is likely to produce the best outcome. The results of these analyses can be documented and shared using SEER’s rich reporting capabilities, as well as exported to numerous 3rd-party applications.


Enabling organizations to model a broad range of manufacturing processes, SEER for Manufacturing provides a strong adjunct to traditional project estimating software, cost estimating software, and workflow software solutions.


Extended Capabilities


The SEER for Manufacturing (SEER MFG) product line consists of the SEER Core and extended capabilities which can be licensed individually or bundled within a choice of delivery editions.





The SEER MFG (formerly SEER-DFM) product line consists of the specialized SEER Core and extended capabilities which can be licensed as product options. 


Labour and Facilities Calculator is designed to quickly and accurately generate labour and machine cost rates for use in the estimating process and in determining facilities costs on a global basis. It contains a regularly updated, comprehensive database which includes worldwide labour cost data, default technology costs, costs for many regions (including low-cost centres), default year and labour costs, and regional currencies.


Aerostructures Pro provides additional trade and design analysis options involving all types of composites: part shape; build-ups and cores; materials and resins; material cutting and bagging processes; consumable materials; hot-ply forming, curing, and trimming; and other aerostructure-specific fabrication and assembly processes. Aerostructures Pro was developed in conjunction with the U.S. aerospace industry's leading companies, with sponsorship and participation of the U.S. Air Force and Navy. At the CAI Final Technical Review, held in April 2006, Aerostructures Pro was recognized as one of the three most significant technology transitions since the inception of the program in 1996.