Product planning plan

Product planning solved

Product planning is difficult when the majority of work is reactive to customer requirement. Customer priorities generally take precedence over any strategic work planned. By working differently, product design can be planned without product deadlines.

 

Problems:

Engineering management spends considerable time managing projects and engineering resources to complete those projects on time. Errors and changes disrupt programmes as these activities require immediate attention. Sales support activities also require urgent attention.

Scheduling product development and product improvements are difficult to manage when there are so many customer-driven projects to complete. Any spare capacity is often taken up by new work.

 

Solution:

Product standardisation removes much of the inefficient reactive workload and gives engineers the opportunity to product planning work to achieve the best results. The investment in up-front engineering is repaid many times during the product life. Product planning needs to take place without the pressures of production deadlines.

 

Advantages from different perspectives

  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Product development planned and monitored
  • Marketing activity can coordinate with planned releases of product improvements
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Increased profitability with the reduction of cost and risk, while improving  productivity
  • Product development planned and monitored
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Increased profitability with the reduction of cost and risk, while improving  productivity
  • Marketing activity can coordinate with planned releases of product improvements
  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Product design can be planned and managed without being driven by production deadlines
  • Increased engineering support for manufacturing optimisation

 

Further help and assistance

Gatehouse Design are specialists in product standardisation, product configuration and design automation. We can help companies develop highly effective product strategies, maximising profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction. We can help you improve planning and improve the efficiency of your business. Please contact us to discuss any product design related issues that you may have.

There is an offer a free product audit to help identify opportunities for product standardisation, product configuration and design automation. Additionally, Gatehouse Design has published many helpful white papers and articles which are available on this website.

 

The author

Written by Peter Slee-Smith 14/05/2018.

Peter Slee-Smith founded Gatehouse Design in 2012, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with more than 30 years experience in industrial design. Peter qualified with a Masters Degree and has held senior positions in many leading engineering and product manufacturing companies. He is passionate about product design efficiency and has written many articles on the subject. Based in Littleport just outside Ely in Cambridgeshire, Gatehouse Design specialises in product standardisation, configuration and design automation.

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