Finding efficiencies at every stage.
Meeting the customer's very aggressive cost target meant finding every opportunity to remove cost from the product. As part of our design for excellence process, we were able to use design for fabrication to pinpoint the biggest cost drivers and engineer solutions that would reduce cost in those specific areas.
The highly compressed timeline for evaluation and qualification builds required rapid sourcing of components and high-level, integrated program management. Our program managers and supply chain experts worked to intelligently source lower-cost components and identify parts that we could order immediately to compress the timeline. The team analyzed all needs upfront to identify any time or cost risks on the supplier side, then located alternate suppliers if necessary. Supply chain worked to minimize any reliance on single sources and bring together multiple suppliers for the greatest efficiency.
Rapid prototyping also played a major role in both speeding up the process and cutting costs. Our team was able to quickly procure parts and assemble the product for evaluation. Then we could find any concerns, communicate them directly with the Honeywell team and resolve them immediately.
Throughout the process, constant communication with the Honeywell team was key to keeping all of these moving parts on track. We listened carefully to the customer's needs at every stage with regular face-to-face meetings. Our teams held on-site kaizen meetings to ensure continuous improvement, while integrated product development team meetings happened at least weekly. And consistent problem-solving sessions helped us identify any risks to project milestones, discuss them with the Honeywell team and find solutions long before issues could arise.