Integrated Product Quality in Manufacturing
In today’s quickly changing world, companies are developing and launching more new products than ever before. But also on the rise – especially when innovative technology and fast time-to-market are involved – are product reliability and manufacturing yield problems. Pinpointing their exact cause can also be extremely difficult. When that is the case, our Integrated Product Development and Quality in Manufacturing team can help your own people dig deep to discover root causes and implementable solutions in just one-weeks’ time.
Your benefit from Integrated Product Quality in Manufacturing
Any company faced with product development and quality in manufacturing issues will automatically begin looking internally to try and answer questions such as:
- Why does my yield keep unpredictably fluctuating from week to week?
- How can one product function properly while another from the same line is faulty?
- Does the problem maybe go beyond our materials and manufacturing methods – do we need to revisit design, or look into staffing or quality control?
Such in-house evaluations often lead to changes. But if they still do not deliver the desired quality in manufacturing improvement, you may need a fresh approach that investigates the problem from a wider, integrated product-manufacturing viewpoint.
This approach merges silos within your company, and unites them in practical, fast-learning-cycle workshop sessions. Our cross-functional team of industry consultants and technical manufacturing experts acts as facilitator, moderator and sparring partner in linking up the information and insights necessary to identify the crux of the issue, and pinpoint steps to resolve it.
Looking at product development and quality in manufacturing issues in this integrated way generally delivers an implementation-ready solution to yield, reliability and other problems in just one week. Equally important, it also helps to establish better-aligned internal processes that prevent such issues from arising in the future.
Key area of expertise:
Manufacturing Systems & Industry 4.0
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We deliver Integrated Product Quality in Manufacturing
Integrated, cross-functional expertise
Our team is a fully integrated one, made up of consultancy, R&D and manufacturing experts. They bring to the table broad theoretical knowledge of how projects should go and wide practical insight into what can go wrong. This is the ideal combination – working in close interaction with own R&D and manufacturing teams – to discover exactly what is disrupting your product development and quality in manufacturing.
Business excellence know-how
Throughout the workshop, we systematically explore and evaluate all relative production areas, from design intention and transfer, to quality control, and manufacturing maturity. We do so making use of leading Business excellence methods such as V-Model, risk assessment and Lean C. This ensures clear-cut, best-practice ways of working that deliver quick and reliable results.
Our integrated product development and quality in manufacturing workshop is carefully structured to create an ideal framework for dynamic, effective collaboration. Over the course of the week, we focus with your teams in a methodological, step-by-step way on:
- Defining the nature of the main concerns
- Identifying their cause (or – usually – the organizational ‘gaps’ that cause them)
- Developing counter measures to correct them
Managing the product creation process
In the course of this, we look at all aspects of the product creation process and how it is managed – from system design engineering, to transfer function & knowledge management, and manufacturing and validation. This rigorous approach leaves no stone unturned in acquiring all the information and insights needed for a successful result.
Clearly defined solutions and planning
The workshop outcome is put into internationally established best-practice recommendations within a framework that is clear, concrete and easy to implement. It includes both a time plan and the resources needed to resolve your product development and quality in manufacturing issues in the best and fastest way.
Practical implementation support
Our manufacturing specialists are familiar with all the latest and most advanced production techniques. If desired, they can also provide assistance beyond the workshop period in implementing and optimizing the recommendations it delivered. They are also available to provide support you in increasing the reliability and predictability of your manufacturing processes and results in general.
Our approach to Integrated Product Quality in Manufacturing
The way we address quality in manufacturing problems prevents the sensitive situations that can often arise when trying to solve stubborn internal production problems across different departments. Our industry consultants keep everyone focused on the holistic overview, and the technical manufacturing experts create a team effort mentality that unites everyone in a proactive and positive effort to find a solution. And since this is almost always found in the links between product development and manufacturing, it stimulates a more integrated way of working between your own people in the transfer of design for new projects.
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