Your goal to consistently reduce time-to-production for new products is often derailed by late-cycle changes, the use of unqualified and nonstandard parts, low supplier involvement in design decisions and overall inefficient communications. All of these elements work against you when trying to ramp-up production to meet demand.
With numerous new suppliers to bring onboard, long lead times and recurring design changes, your business suffers from missed delivery schedules, increased scrap and rework, and lower-quality products at a higher cost.
“We have designed new apparel and graphics and have them in manufacturing within 24 hours. That speed allows us to create demand and continually focus on high-performance product innovation.”
— Peter Burrows, CIO Emeritus, adidas Group
Authorizing supplier access to up-to-date design data and a shared schedule for deliverables will streamline communications and enable supplier expertise to be incorporated early in the design process. By ensuring that engineering is using and reusing qualified, preferred components from approved vendors and manufacturers, you can be confident that product development and supply chain planning strategies are aligned. For you this means shorter lead time, on-time production, ability to fulfill demand and lower manufacturing costs.
Process Improvement Opportunities
The most successful companies reduce time-to-production by transforming one or more of these key processes: