Lean design programs cut waste that is hard to see.
Lean lessons at work
B/E Aerospace previously spent up to two days a week turning concept designs into engineering designs. The often-imperfect translations resulted in misinterpretations and lost design intent.
After adopting engineering software with features for both functions, the company eliminated data translations. Better yet, it let conceptual designs and engineering proceed concurrently. The effort paid off when Japan Airlines gave the company an order for lie-flat, first-class seats. The project's challenge was to pack several components, such as electronics, motors, and mechanisms into a small space. This required close collaboration between industrial designers and engineers. An award-winning design came out of the collaboration effort.
Denso, a manufacturer of auto electronic components, develops systems that meet the needs of multiple customers. The company makes sure its parts are interchangeable and can be used on a wide range of car platforms, thereby freeing resources for other tasks and minimizing defects.
GE Aircraft Engines once struggled with design problems because components were designed in isolation without knowing how they impacted other parts in the system. Today, using comprehensive engineering software, they gained the benefit of twice the previous number of design iterations including validation analysis in 25% of the time.