A catalog typically contains predefined or in-stock products with a set part or SKU#.
You are filtering a database of parts based on attributes or inputs to find the specific part you are looking for that meets your needs. Examples attributes are material, size, voltage, etc.
Solidify’s catalog software takes it a step further by using a recursive-filtering technique that keeps users updated on products within the product family that remain available as users filter to find what they need. As the parametric search progresses, matching products are updated and displayed in real time, completely eliminating the possibility of returning a ‘No Match’ results, which would frustrate the user. See more on catalog benefits here.
A configurator is for more complicated, build-to-order parts or assemblies. A rules-based product configurator can help a user configure a complex part that potentially has never been configured before but can be based on predefined rules. This can also include dynamic pricing built real-time as the product is being configured.
What makes Solidify’s product configurator a superior solution is that it was built for the complex workflows of a B2B manufacturer. Solidify’s configurator architecture works with interdependencies written into our code per a manufacturer’s unique engineering rules. Meaning intelligence is built into every step of the selection process.
Solidify’s configurator can be implemented in a number of ways based on the way a manufacturer’s product or assembly is put together. During our initial project phases we work with our client to understand how their customers go about configuring their product. We take that knowledge and apply it to the product configurator layout and flow to optimize the user experience.
Learn more about Solidify’s product catalogs
and product configurators