LEAN Product Development And Six Sigma
The concept of LEAN is not new. In it's basic
form, it is described as a mixture of practice principles, culture and attitude
that eliminates waste and improves process.
Lean Product development philosophies don't
have anything to do with engineering tools.In a LEAN environment a tool is
regarded as just, a tool. Lets say a CAD engineer finds a £35k tool that will
improve productivity by 5x and pay for itself in 6 months, even if that tool
comes from a vendor that has no current reputation with the company.In an
non-LEAN environment, that employee would be chastised for stepping above the
parapet and challenging the norm as 'not the way we do things'
LEAN practitioner professionals and
operatives would run for cover if any software vendor tried to label their
software LEAN. That’s understandable because LEAN is a style of product
development process that uses real process governance at it's core. Now of
course, software plays a part and our solutions are all about removing waste in
whatever form makes sense today to your organisation. It can even mean
different things from project to project, so it’s an agile concept. LEAN
practices are dynamic until the point that they become core to the company
ethos, then becoming a standard set of processes.
So, if you are truly keen to embrace LEAN
practices, you will be ready to destroy the familiar phase gate GANTT chart. In
its place you will be open to explore a Set
Based Concurrent product Development Methodology. Let us know if we can help you
with your transition, whether it is driven by departmental requirement or from
a broader company perspective.
Six Sigma principles are also very relevant
to the manufacturing design process. The principles seek to improve the quality
of various process outputs by identifying and removing errors and minimising
variability in the manufacturing and business process. Using a set of quality
management and statistical methods helps to create a special infrastructure and
project management champions. Identifying quantifiable financial targets, cost
reduction and/or profit increases is at the core of any initiative.
So, how does the Xisis
portfolio of products help with these special business initiatives?
When only CAD users work in 3D, every demand
on that team creates a wasteful interaction. SpaceClaim lets you use 3D to
remove waste associated with day-to-day demands placed on the CAD team.
3D CAD data is vital to engineering and
manufacturing organisations. CAD systems are excellent at capturing knowledge
in 3D and archiving it from production through the end of its lifecycle. While
most CAD teams excel at creating CAD designs for production, many key
stakeholders along the design-through-production value stream remain unable to
access and reuse that knowledge captured in CAD. Simultaneously, the
constraint-based architecture of CAD prevents it from being an effective tool
for set-based design methodology and responding to the voice of the customer.
SpaceClaim is a precise 3D solid modeler designed to help sales engineers,
concept modelers, and simulations users maximize their options early in the
design cycle and build confidence in concepts before committing to detailed
design in CAD at the last responsible moment.
Companies with LEAN product development
initiatives adopt SpaceClaim to improve processes surrounding their core CAD
workflows. Value stream maps of several key processes involving CAD tend to
reveal dramatic opportunities to eliminate waste and streamline collaboration
and productivity throughout product development. In particular, when all 3D in
the enterprise is restricted to monolithic CAD systems, many processes lend
themselves well to SpaceClaim's flexible 3D Direct Modeling environment, as
Understanding Customer Requirements
When conceptualising new ideas with
customers, traditional CAD tends to get in the way. The problem is the
traditional CAD architecture. Detailed designs are engineered to constrain
parts so they can't be changed in any way other than how they were originally
designed. SpaceClaim breaks that tradition by creating an environment where
customer-facing engineers can make whatever edits a customer suggests without
being forced to live with previous design decisions that don't add value for
the customer. SpaceClaim lets companies listen to the voice of the customer in
"My clients' jaws drop when
I make edits in real time - online or in person."
When modeling a new concept, engineers are
able to wait until the last responsible moment to make design decisions. Unlike
traditional CAD systems, where designers must know what the requirements and
materials are before beginning to design, SpaceClaim makes it easy to ideate as
many design ideas as potentially viable. Switch a concept between different
manufacturing processes and figure out what version fits best. Develop deep
understanding of the problem before sending the concept to the CAD team to finalize.
Don't let CAD systems force decisions before the last responsible moment.
"Going to CAD too early
costs us dearly. With SpaceClaim, I can evaluate 3-4 times more concepts in the
Senior Design Manager
Fortune 100 Aerospace Company
CAE and Simulation
CAE analysts all too often rely on CAD
designers for geometry. Typically, analysts must request each change when
making design studies. There are two problems with this approach: CAD users are
distracted from their core competency, detailed design, and simulation users
must wait days or weeks for seemingly simple changes that they should be able
to perform themselves in minutes. SpaceClaim turns week-long iteration loops
into hours by giving CAE users control of geometry, allowing CAE and CAD to occur
simultaneously and even letting simulation play a guiding role throughout
"I've gained back at least
50% of my time with SpaceClaim...I can now run twice as many simulations at the
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Production Equipment Manufacturer
The Interoperability Challenge Met
In the past, interoperability problems
inherent to traditional CAD systems forced organisations to deploy a single CAD
system across the company. Sometimes OEM's even limited their choice of
supplier to only those that could supply data in the original CAD system's
format, turning down potentially more competitive offers. SpaceClaim's 3D
direct modeling technology overcomes these traditional interoperability
problems, providing a way to deploy the right 3D tool to any engineer and
maximise their nimbleness. SpaceClaim lets all engineers work in 3D, increasing
their value to the organisation.
"The argument for streamlining by
enforcing a single CAD platform is a thing of the past. The goal is to
streamline the workflow while introducing the best tools for every job.
Although a mix of tools comes at higher support costs, reducing wasted time in
engineering and getting products to market faster is what gives us our
competitive advantage. We have achieved this goal by empowering our engineers
HIOKI E.E. Corp.
is the ideal 3D tool for set-based concurrent design because it maximises
ideation and allows
engineers to quickly converge on the most fit models.