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SP
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Simplifying Design & Supply Risks
SP   12/7/2012 8:11:28 PM
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Risk analysis and risk mitigation are the key elements in any project management. And for any product to manfucture in time, meet the quality standards and be in the budget constraints, its very important that supply chain management risks are well taken care of. After all if you dont get components in time you cant anything with your good deign.

Douglas Alexander
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Re: Agreed! But...
Douglas Alexander   12/6/2012 5:53:40 PM
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@Roberto...As I am sure you already know, the best time for a CE to get involved at the design stage is in the first product definition stage where the Product Requirement Document is defined. I was part of one company that insisted that the DEs use as many parts from the PPL as possible. If they were going to use a non PPL part, we asked for plenty of notice to determine the viability of the part selection in terms of availability and cost. I mentioned Marketing because one of the designs used an adaptive equalizer for long cable lengths and when we could not get the part, Marketing waived the requirement for the customer because they were using a very short cable run. In the subsequent spin, we made the AE a stuffing option and selected two different packages with a dual footprint on the PCB.

Roberto Varela V
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Re: Agreed! But...
Roberto Varela V   12/6/2012 4:31:24 PM
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Douglas:

 

Generally we will ask up to question #3, the interaction we have with Design engineering is good and one of our on-going goals is to influtiate design with our strategic AVL, however this is not always possible.

Getting a deep view into marketing is not something we could have easily and I do not believe we need to go there, sometimes we just need to have a clear understanding of the technology we need and the inherent risk. 

Something that is clear is that if we got involve in early phases of design we could bend things our way easily so that is something I could recommend to any component engineer or AVL team.

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hash.era   12/6/2012 7:28:05 AM
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Simplifying the design will definitely improve effectiveness of user inputs and definitely there will be less errors so automatically risks get reduced

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Agreed! But...
prabhakar_deosthali   12/6/2012 12:31:34 AM
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Douglas,

One of the biggest hurdles in the steps to simplify Design and Supply risks is the partitioning of various departments and the support to this compartmentalization by the top management.

As my experience goes, the management wants to keep control of everything and in that process it many times encourages rivalry ( not the healthy competition ) between various departments.  Add the personal egos of the design engineer ( who sometimes even refuses to listen to his boss), the sales engineer ( who will emphatically say that without a certain feature that he wants in the product, the product will not sell) , the costing engineer  and all those involved and you have a perfect show which will rival even the political debates .

Many times it is also that using a unique part in your design makes it harder for the competition to decode your design and copy your features in their design - So is the belief of those egoist design engineers

To overcome all these hurdles and to arrive at a simplified design is a herculean task.



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