White Paper: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Orchestrating Automotive Product Development and Operations


Technological progress is accompanied by change. Organizations must adapt both product development and operational workflows. Having process models, at the level of detail to allow improvement through continuous learning, is paramount. Process models help reveal workflows across teams, people, platforms, and programs.

Product complexity will continue to increase. Digitalization will grow to augment product development and service. Engineers will continue to work in distributed teams, sometimes away from the office. Industry standards will get more attention to reduce risks, protecting customers. All these aspects need to be covered and reflected in the workflow used to develop products.

This paper describes how to overcome highly complex engineering practices and methods by transforming to an agile, flexible, and model-based Product Development Process (PDP). A PDP-model helps explain the dependences of all systems and people within the enterprise. It serves as a base to start modeling a department’s work (their silo) in detail, and to engage department members in process improvements. As benefits become obvious it encourages other departments to model the details of their processes, quickly identifying opportunities for the efficiency benefits.

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