We use a special checklist to evaluate technical systems. It ensures that we consider diverse aspects in detail, such as, for example, functional principle, manufacturing costs, shape, material, surfaces, loading capacity, kinematics, etc. Our neutral point of view and the capacity to make an objective assessment gives us advantages over our customers.
We combat known product weaknesses with suggestions for optimization. Here, we think in particular about alternative functional principles, as these offer wider potential compared to detailed optimizations. This is where we profit from our cross-industry activities.
Since cost reduction takes on a dominant role in optimizations, we have developed an action-catalog containing a list of all the theoretically possible actions for product cost reduction. Things get interesting when we go through this catalog step-by-step with your specialists; considering in what form the relevant action could be implemented for your product. In comparison to other tools, this approach is pragmatic and, at the same time, very effective. You can be assured that those involved in the development of the product discuss all principal possibilities for cost reduction in detail.
Finally, our ingenuity, which we put to the test every day during innovation development, helps us not just to recognize actions but to develop specific solutions.
In turn, a simple trick helps us in modular development: By putting your existing product out of your mind and initially only concentrating on the requirements and wishes of your markets, it is possible to define the specification for an initial system which will satisfy most of your customers. In the subsequent creative process, your staff evaluate how existing components can be used to realize the initial system. The following ideas generation also focuses on upgrading and downgrading activities which are needed to realize all economically viable variants.