Twelve steps to successful Concurrent Engineering


Twelve steps to successful Concurrent Engineering

The competition of today’s market place there has created an intense demand on a company’s management team engineers and project managers to deliver flawless, cheaper and faster products and in timely manners.

A designer’s primary objective is to design a functioning product within the given economic and schedule restraints. But even as technology increases and time to market decreases, economic pressures require that more and more staff cuts. So that what we have is a perfect storm of having to do more and more with less and less. By utilizing concurrent engineering processes that allow early consideration of design and manufacturing aspects, designers are able to optimize product manufacturability, quality, serviceability, cost flexibility, market acceptance and on-time-delivery.

Concurrent Engineering is to create an environment where cross-functional team work together to optimize the product design and manufacturing process. The team requires at early stage, active participation from manufacturing, marketing, finance, design engineers, purchasing, and technicians in a cooperative effort. The team works together to produce a product functionally sound and optimized to reduce the over all development and manufacturing costs, shorten delivery time, simplify assembly process, enhance the product, and increase the overall development and reliability, thus providing a strong, economical and efficient solution for today’s challenges.

Here are Shax Engineering’s twelve basic principles of concurrent engineering

1. Understand product requirement.

2. Establish clear project goals and a clear business mission.

3. Create product development detail plan.

4. Develop integrate development process.

5. Establish parts and suppliers at early stage of the project.

6. Establish and cultivate cross-functional integration and collaboration.

7. Use software tools and integrate CAE, CAD and CAM.

8. Build functional building blocks representing development sections.

9. Simulate product performance and manufacturing processes electronically.

10. Set milestones and create an efficient development process.

11. Use Quality Engineering and Reliability techniques.

12. Continually review the progress and revise your plan

Done right these twelve steps can help any forward thinking company meet the intense market challenges that today’s economic pressures bring.

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