The METUS software is the control center for product decisions

Creating, optimizing and collaborating on the DNA of the product

The METUS software is the control center for product decisions

Creating, optimizing and collaborating on the DNA of the product

What is METUS in 90 seconds

The METUS software is the control center
for all product decisions

Requirements, function structure, variance, costs, product structure, function carriers - products today are highly complex with their numerous dependencies. Only those who can visualize the product with all its dependencies can recognize cost drivers, evaluate variance and make optimal product and portfolio decisions.

The METUS software is a unique system used to create, design and optimize product architectures. The software visualizes all dependencies, plays through optimization scenarios and modularization strategies and thus enables safe, clear and early product and portfolio decisions.

Extensions and
Integrations

Formulas and apps

Users can extend the functionality of METUS via the integrated formula language and via apps.

For many modeling tasks, free apps are available for METUS users, which can be downloaded here:

METUS App Store

Formulas are written in METUS in the widely used Javascript language.

Communication with PLM and ERP systems

A new interface technology based on XPLM solutions is available for integration into ERP and PLM systems such as SAP and Siemens TeamCenter. This allows data from METUS to be transferred to almost all common systems.

The METUS Enterprise Graph Server also offers an API interface based on GraphQL. This allows data from a METUS model to be accessed via URL. JSON is used for the output format. This is a simple, common and very powerful interface technology for individual customizations.

METUS Enterprise
Graph Server

The METUS Enterprise Graph Server is a new technology designed for maximum scalability, which we have built on the basis of Neo4j database technology.

The new technology virtually eliminates model size limitations. Together with the METUS Online Web Client, this results in a high-performance solution for the processing and distributed visualization of very large product models.

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FAQs about the METUS software

Is there a demo version of METUS?

METUS Method and METUS Software belong together. Participants of our METUS Method trainings receive a free 30-day license of the software from us as part of the training.

Is the METUS software web-enabled?

Yes, we offer both a Windows and a web-based version of the software. Currently, both versions still differ in their functionality in some details. In the future, the web-based version of METUS will become the core product.

How can METUS be integrated into existing systems and processes?

Product structures built with METUS are usually the input for PLM systems and configurators. Input for METUS models also often comes from external applications - from Excel worksheets to SAP parts lists. Consequently, there are integration options ranging from simple Excel import to individual interfaces to PLM systems such as Siemens TeamCenter, an interface technology from XPLM, and direct integration using the GraphQL API.

What license models are offered?

The METUS software is offered as a rental license (term-based license). The license model reflects the runtime, the number of concurrent users and the servers.

How can the software be adapted to individual needs?

The architecture of the METUS software is open and extensible.

Extensions are made through scripts and apps that run within the METUS software. Scripts and apps are written in JavaScript.

Developers and integrators can access the METUS server and the product model data via GraphQL. Data is output by METUS in JSON.

In which languages is the software available?

The software is available in English.

Are the connections between the individual elements directed?

From version METUS 21 it is possible to give direction to connections between elements.

Does everyone who wants to view a METUS model need a license?

No, this is not required. There is a METUS Viewer that can display METUS models, for example. In many cases, however, the browser is simply used: METUS models can simply be "pushed" via URL to an addressee for display.

How much does a METUS license cost?

The license fees depend on the number of users and the duration. For more information, please contact our sales department:

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Is METUS also available in a student version?

Yes, we have cooperations with several universities. As part of this cooperation, students there receive METUS licenses for study purposes free of charge. You can get more information about our university program via email (marketing@id-consult.com).

What technologies is the METUS software based on?

The latest generation of METUS software is based on a highly scalable Neo4j database, which can also be used to map extremely extensive product architectures with good performance.

Which METUS apps are available? Where can I find them?

There are numerous apps for the METUS software that run within the METUS software and extend the range of functions of the METUS software, such as an app for calculating product variants (Variants Management App), or for calculating the variant frame and outputting it to a configurator (Config App). These apps are available for METUS clients to download free of charge.

What is the difference between METUS and a PLM system?

PLM systems are applications in which work is carried out within predefined workflows in a version- and change-proof manner. The METUS software, on the other hand, is more comparable to a sandbox in which product optimizations and corresponding scenarios can be run through with a high degree of freedom in order to define an optimal product.

What is the difference between METUS and a product configurator?

The METUS software makes it possible to determine the optimal variance and the optimal variant space, to run through different modularization strategies and to work out the best one in each case. This optimized variant framework is the input variable for product configurators, within which products are configured in the previously defined and optimized framework.

Does the METUS software only handle visualizations or does it also support me in optimization?

First of all, the complete visualization of a product structure with its attributes (e.g. costs or sales figures) and its dependencies (e.g. "which component pays how much for which function") is already an element of optimization, because this creates a high level of transparency for product decisions.

For very complex issues, the METUS apps provide support. One example is the DSM app, which supports the determination of an optimal module structure.

Is METUS a systems engineering software?

There are indeed similarities between systems engineering and METUS: both are methods for describing complex mechatronic systems; both use the paradigm of the model instead of the bill of materials for visualizing complex relationships.

However, there are also some important differences:

  • Systems Engineering and SysML as a modeling language are suitable for coordination in engineering, but not for coordination with stakeholders from the value chain - product management, purchasing, manufacturing.
  • In contrast to Systems Engineering, METUS models products that can also have (as yet unknown) customer-specific scopes ("design for the unknown") and is therefore well suited for fast order processes in mechanical engineering.