In the traditional sequential design flow, or “Waterfall Model” tasks wil be processed in a linear fashion. Starting with requirements and sequentially moving forward to design and implementation, until there is a finished product. In this design system, a design team would not quickly look backward or forward to anticipate on problems. In the case that something does go wrong, the design usually must be scrapped or heavily altered. This will take time, cost and frustration. With the introduction of modern media and the use of a virtual model, it is possible to work simultaneously on the same source data. All disciplines involved in the design process share the same basic information. With the help of the virtual model of the future product, it is already possible to identify problems and errors early in the design process. Using the virtual model, it is also possible to perform production simulations. This way manufacturing problems can be prevented. Because all stakeholders are involved in the design, the available knowledge and skills are utilized optimally. Benefits
- the design process is faster by preventing mistakes and miscommunication
- multidisciplinary collaboration ensures all knowledge is used
- costs will be decreased
- quality will be increased
- is supporting the entire project life cycle
- give a competitive advantage
Single source of truth
The prerequisite for enabling concurrent engineering is that there is trust between all team participants and that there is a clear source of truth. This source is usually the virtual model en common shared project documents. The validity and consistency of product information is extremely important.
Motivated team members
Due to the collaborative nature of concurrent engineering, the members of the design team are given more ownership for the design. This will improve the productivity of the employee and the quality of the product. When people get a sense of satisfaction and ownership about their work, they tend to work harder and design a more robust product.