Original Date: 10/04/1993
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Concurrent Engineering
Concurrent engineering at Hamilton Standard Electronic Manufacturing Center (HSEMC) is applied through an integrated product development (IPD) process to connect initial product concept, design, and related processes to manufacturing and support. IPD represents a teaming arrangement that includes team members from all disciplines participating in influencing products throughout the development cycle to production and support. It is implemented through detailed procedures and guidelines that provide a structured methodology for the formation, function, and operation of the process as a whole as well as for each IPD team.
IPD objectives include achieving customer satisfaction and improved product quality and yield; minimizing total cycle time, cost of design, development and manufacture, and total cost of ownership; and improving transition from engineering to manufacture. These objectives are achieved through four phases of IPD including:
Phase 1 (pre-proposal phase) in which an analysis of customer requirements versus HSEMC capability is performed and during which identified deficiencies are corrected.
Phase 2 (proposal preparation phase) in which a design concept is finalized and the program plan is prepared for the conduct of the design, development, manufacturing, and support of the product and processes. Phase 3 (product/process design and development phase) in which program implementation begins and efforts initiated to ensure the design, processes, and documentation are completed to the customer's satisfaction.
Phase 4 (product manufacture and deployment) which centers on full scale manufacture, producibility, and yield.
Teaming is a vital element in the IPD methodology at Hamilton Standard. Team organization consists of a Program System Integration Team of manager-level personnel whose key responsibilities are interfacing with the customer, communicating with upper management, chartering and disbanding IPD teams, specifying team leaders, providing IPD team direction, establishing goals, monitoring performance, and providing resources. Under the Program System Integration Team, an IPD Team is responsible for communication and planning, customer interface, detail design and development, manufacturing definition, design to cost (DTC), program asset management, procurement strategy, and the charter and dissolution of project teams. Project teams are multi-disciplined teams who are responsible to the IPD Team; are designed to address a specific issue, task, or project phase; define the required resources; and define the task schedule and milestones.
The institution of IPD at HSEMC is providing a concurrent engineering methodology for improving the quality of engineering, transition to production, and manufacturing processes. The Total Quality Management philosophy is evident as the teams interact throughout all phases of the product's life cycle.
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