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Engineering bottleneck solved

 

Engineering bottleneck can occur for many reasons. An Engineering bottleneck is more likely to be frequent if Engineering is required to provide reactive solutions for all customers enquiries, orders and production demands. Engineering workload for a reactive business is volatile as work fluctuates. Sales support work is usually urgently required which interrupts other scheduled work. Correcting errors also requires a high degree of urgency. Engineering management needs sophisticated planning systems to schedule this ever-changing workload. By working differently, engineering bottleneck can be resolved.

 

Problems:

Reactive engineering is difficult to manage. It is challenging to balance scheduled work that is driven by different deadlines while providing support for urgent work from sales or remedial work.

Without strong standard products, much engineering work is repetitive. Engineers are employed to make incremental changes to product designs without carrying out work that requires genuine problem-solving. This work is costly and is relentless.

Engineering delays production until it has completed detailed specifications, contributing to extended delivery times. Each process and transfer of information adds to the risk of errors occurring. Checking the information received, processed and delivered adds further delays and cost.

 

Solution:

Engineering should create a product standard reference library. Ensuring that the standards are complete, accurate and contain all the data required by stakeholders. Depending upon product complexity, it is very likely that the product should be created using the standardisation principles. No further engineering is required,  eliminating cost, delays and risks.

 

Advantages from different perspectives

  • Shorter delivery times and remove engineering and checking delays
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Better more reliable information
  • Eliminate engineering cost
  • Shorter delivery times and remove engineering and checking delays
  • Less risk, fewer processes and transfers of information
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Improved productivity as more work is possible
  • Increased profitability with the reduction of cost and risk, while improving  productivity
  • More reliable cost information
  • Eliminate engineering cost
  • Better cash-flow as delivery times shorter
  • Less risk, fewer processes and transfers of information
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Improved productivity as more work is possible
  • Increased profitability with the reduction of cost and risk while improving  productivity
  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Shorter delivery times and remove engineering and checking delays
  • Eliminate engineering cost
  • More opportunities to be more competitive with lower costs
  • Increased profitability with the reduction of cost and risk, while improving  productivity
  • Less risk, fewer processes and transfers of information
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention
  • Increased customer satisfaction as customers receives products faster with fewer errors.
  • Product design can be planned and managed without being driven by production deadlines
  • Shorter delivery times and remove engineering and checking delays
  • Increased productivity as more work is possible
  • Less risk, fewer processes and transfers of information
  • Fewer bottlenecks requiring management attention

 

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 reduce engineering bottleneck 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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