Managing Highly Engineered Products

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Dec

12

Managing Highly Engineered Products

Speaker: Conrad Leiva

Products like aircrafts and satellites or laser surgery or diagnostic machines require a longer cycle time to build. They are very complex products that require a lot of engineering. Therefore, from the moment production begins to the moment it ends, there are many engineering changes that must be cut into the process. These products may start at revision (rev) level A, but finish at rev level C or D. 

These products do not have simply one level of billable materials. They could have 10, 15 or 20 levels of billable material and are very complex structures to manage. Engineering changes are complex, so it follows that managing those changes is complex. Today, a lot of companies have a manual system of checks and verifications that includes many reconciliation steps that slow the process along the way.

To solve the challenges, it is important not to rely on manual processes with people carrying it, expediting it and informing other people. Instead, put a system in place that guides the process, enforcing the workflow processes and helping change information flow downstream automatically. A system enforces all these actions online, and they are automatically tracked in a way that prevents making something to a previous revision level. When something on a screen is clicked, the system brings up the latest, correct, appropriate documentation. It also audits automatically. Instead of using a lot of manual verifications on reconciliation, the system checks proactively to prevent mistakes. 

At the end of the day, in order to compete in today’s digital manufacturing revolution, companies must find a solution to integrate all interfaces into one digital thread. Download our eBook to learn how Solumina can make this a reality.

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