Concurrent Engineering

The purpose of this course is to practice the techniques of concurrent engineering, and to improve and promote a unique type of communication between departments during the initial and all succeeding stages of a product introduction. This course will demonstrate how functional departments can reduce time and money spent in scrap and rework by uncovering and resolving potential product problems before they occur.

Class Details

Class Name:
Concurrent Engineering
This course is designed for team attendance including design engineering, sales, marketing, manufacturing engineering, quality, production scheduling, and operations. Functional areas that will benefit include; senior project engineer, director of engineering, manufacturing engineering manager, mechanical engineers quality engineer, process engineer, production engineer, purchasing, scheduling sales and marketing. Participants should have a clear understanding of company operations.
2 Day Course

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the common objectives of concurrent engineering
  • Develop a CE system utilizing guidelines provided
  • Determine how to make breakthroughs in time and cost
  • Understand the strategic value of concurrent engineering
  • Evaluate the potential challenges of reengineering the product design system
  • Create a road map to CE success

Outline At-a-Glance

What Is Concurrent Engineering?

  • Definition of concurrent engineering
  • Exercise: Defining expectations of concurrent engineering
  • Customer involvement in CE
  • Sequential vs. simultaneous
  • Why concurrent engineering?

Developing The Need For Change

  • Understanding cycle time
  • Exercise: Determining effectiveness of CE
  • Concurrent engineering strategy
  • Concurrent engineering changes

Implementation Steps

  • Early customer involvement
  • Front-loaded product development
  • Contribution of responsible participants
  • Supplier involvement
  • Concept design
  • Production layout
  • Robust design
  • Concurrent engineering team concept
  • Exercise: Develop concurrent engineering implementation steps
  • Process management for concurrent engineering

Quality Function Deployment

  • Purpose
  • Steps of QFD
  • Form usage
  • Customer involvement

Employee Engagement

  • Activities
  • Functional departments
  • Result and outcome

Design For Manufacturing

  • Part fabrication concerns
  • Unit fabrication concerns
  • Build in quality

Design For Assembly

  • Sub-assembly concerns
  • Final assembly concerns
  • Build in quality

Concurrent Engineering Metrics

  • Time
  • Quality
  • Cost

Concurrent Engineering Tasks

  • Request for proposal
  • Assigning team members
  • Kickoff meeting
  • Defining concept
  • Review concept
  • Make or buy decisions
  • Supplier involvement
  • Data management
  • Layout
  • Design review
  • Detailing
  • Issue release
  • Sign-off
  • Critical design review
  • Prototype
  • Roadblocks to avoid

Job Roles