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Design Methodology:

What are the reasons for using Lateral Thinking Methodology (Lateral Bench Marking)?

In 1967 Edward de Bono introduced a term that revolutionize the concept of lateral bench marking. It is our strong conviction that traditional engineering product designing is not a fruitful endeavor any more.  Rather, it can be a culprit of expensive engineering product design mistake; at times, even fatal one. Lateral Thinking encourages creativity and restructuring thinking process for a product design. 

There are four reasons to use Lateral Thinking:

  1. Idea-A tangible concept which separates new product design from current established perception of design ideas
  2. Focus: Once a paradigm shift is made from established idea, now it is time to focus and search for information that  can produce more grounded, practical and cost effective product.
  3. Harvest: After receiving the useful data it is time to harvest the valuation of the product
  4. Treatment: Finally the product designer is faced with a daunting task of looking into resources available, ironing out design challenges, and building support teams around, " what-if-something-goes-wrong" scenario.

Therefore, SalimTech applies lateral thinking mindset when it comes to automation and metal fabrication and product designing. Having said this though, Lateral Thinking is not always feasible. At times, however, an idea be just left alone in its prime glory-without alteration; for beauty always commands its highest position in the eyes of its beholder! 

RUMBA Methodology:

  • Reasonable: Is the product design assessment realistic to customer's actual need?
  • Understandable: Is the product design clearly stated with detailed application, detailed technical specification, and detailed CAD drawing?
  • Measurable: Is the product design performance and applications measurable to customer's technical specifications?
  • Believable: Is the technical specification even designable?
  • Attainable: Is the set of specification benchmark attainable? 

Pugh Matrix Mehodology:

Stuart Pugh, created the framework for a structured and methodical design process.

  1. Identify the criteria or requirements.
  2. Identify the various design alternatives.
  3. Rate each concept against each criteria as better than, worse than, or the same as the baseline.
  4. Select the optimum design alternative (more +'s).

Sigma Score (Z-value) Methodology: 

At SalimTech, our target is to reduce defect factor during metal fabrication on Standard Deviation graph (from Mean Value up to Specification Limit (SL).  Thus reducing Mean value to Deviation value ratio to minimum (where as minimum Deviation value being the denominator factor). A minimum metal fabrication deviation value will produce wholesome metal fabrication Capability index to satisfy customer technical specification needs.  Thus, aggregating "Z" values for average true "Z" values translates into minimum defect in metal fabrication and throughout metal welding. This is extremely important in our metal fabrication design methodology.

Product Design Functional Chart Analysis (Morphological Analysis-MA):  

Morphology was developed by Fritz Zwicky, the Bulgarian-born, Swiss-national at the CAL Tech.    At SalimTech, we use systematic Morphological Analysis to analyze a group of product design scenarios against various product functionality, and product attributes versus various product design methodology. This presents a paradigm shift from orthodox design work and offers several possibilities of new design work never perceived before.  An excellent way to gauge competition design works and to point out key product design gaps. 

Yield Metrics:

For small or large production order we calculate two type of yields:

  • First time yield result parameters determination
  • Rolled throughput yield parameters determination

Project Management Tool:

We use project management tool to calculate work load distribution, workload timeline,  project timeline efficiency, project budgets, multi-project portfolio management, project financial analysis etc

Reporting Tools:

We generate project table metrics, chart and graph of project analytical performance. Finally, internal Balanced Scorecard is generated to present project cycle time, defect analysis, deliverable timelines, machine and equipment utilized, project skill utilized, RMA status if any, customer complaints %, Customer project retention %, project current status %, project cost break even analysis, project optimized Income Statement, project optimized performance of Balance Sheet, project ROI,  etc. 

Project Management:

We provide project management and services for all of our engineering projects. Work breakdown structural chart, Project Executive Summary, project cost projection, and payment term  are all sign off  before the work on the project is commenced. If customer desires we can also offer extra services on preparing following documents:

  • Overall project accountability
  • Cost estimates
  • Man-hour/Man-load chart
  • Cost trending and forecasting
  • Progress reports
  • Project impact on your bottom line Net Profit optimization
  • Project equipment asset optimization for Balance Sheet
  • Project Break even Analysis and optimization
  • Labor force reduction due to automation and productivity optimization analysis
  • Automation Mean Deviation analysis to reflect true Net Profit optimization 
  • Automation optimized timeline production analysis