Thursday, 23 January 2014

How Streamlined Work Flow helps Manage Automobile Design and Development Process?

Automobile Design and Development is an intricate process that demands in-depth knowledge of various technology specifications and excellent understanding of industry expertise and business needs.
Whether it is about designing and developing commercial vehicles, passenger cars, rolling stock, two/three wheelers, farming and industrial automotive vehicles, or recreational vehicles, it is important to develop a streamlined work flow.

Typically, automobile design and development work flow encompasses the following stages:

  • Process Performance Modeling and Analysis
    • Analyzing Safety and Control
    • Analyzing Economic Performance
  • Developing Basic Design Package
    • Model Key Equipment
    • Analyze Detailed Costs
  • Develop Detailed Plant Design
  • Reuse Process Models for Operations Decisions
  • Reuse Process Models for Planning Decisions
  • Analyze Revamp Costs

From a broader perspective, all these are stages of conceptual design and R&D, basic engineering, detailed engineering, and operation/maintenance.

The key benefits of developing a streamlined work flow for design and development process are:
  • Develop a comprehensive, reliable, and accurate design
  • Check whether all the stages of development and implementation conforms to the design
  • Easily identify loopholes or weaknesses in the design phase and fix the issues
  • Eliminates costly reworks and modifications
  • The process models can be used for operations and planning decisions
  • It also helps in analyzing different types of costs
  • Ensuring that the project is completed within the budget and timeline provided
A well-structured work flow is integral for any automobile design process, since it aids in monitoring and reviewing performance across each stage and whether it conforms to client specifications.