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In 2013 CAREL (an Italian HVAC/R company) began exploring Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE) to increase their innovation yield and ensure this knowledge-intense part of the product development process is effective and has a stable timeframe. After the initial concept introduction, CAREL established a framework tailored to address its specific needs, while respecting the key principles of this approach. Although the newly established framework resulted in...

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In the second half of 2013, CMI Defence, a weapons systems manufacturer from Belgium, started to explore Set-Based Concurrent Engineering (SBCE), its advantages, principles and tools associated with the approach. This is not the first time CMI Defence came across SBCE, but it was the first time they committed to it. The implementation was kicked-off at the engineering department, later followed by a first round...

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LAA-Blog - LiF2017 - Al-Ashaab

As part of the Lean Innovation Forum taking place in Madrid from 24 to 26 October 2017, we will host the Knowledge-Based Environment to Enable Lean Thinking in Product Development workshop at Toyota Auditorium in the morning of October 24. [su_spacer size="20"] Lean PPD is the application of lean thinking in product design, engineering and development. It focuses on value creation, the provision of a knowledge environment,...

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LAA-Blog - LiF2017 - Design Thinking

As part of the Lean Innovation Forum taking place in Madrid from 24 to 26 October 2017, we will host the Design Thinking workshop at Toyota Auditorium in the afternoon of October 24. [su_spacer size="20"] In this session, participants will engage in a multidisciplinary collaboration to tackle real-world problems using a human-centered approach. Through a very hands-on session, participants are encouraged to discover through observation what is...

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Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD) develops 2-stroke low-speed Gas and Diesel engines used for propulsion power in merchant shipping. This innovative company started implementing lean in its operations in 2011. Through its journey, the company established best practices in several aspects of lean product development. The lean framework was developed to help ensure the organization is aligned and lean is part of day-to-day work. [su_spacer size="20"] By...

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Pratt & Whitney, a world leader in the design, manufacture, and service of aircraft engines and auxiliary power units is headquartered in East Hartford, Connecticut, USA. [su_spacer size="20"] Excellence is one of seven Pratt & Whitney’s (P&W) core values. With the aim to continuously improve the company’s processes and ensure excellence is represented in all and every product and service its customers receive, P&W applies lean product...

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LAA-Blog - LiF2017 - Airbus D&S

As part of the Lean Innovation Forum 2017 in Madrid from October 24 to 26, the Airbus Defence & Space will host a one-day  Hoshin Kanri into practice: Linking Strategy to Innovationon workshop on 26 October at their facilities. During the workshop, the participants will also have the opportunity to attend the company tour. Networking lunch and tapas will be provided after the training. [su_spacer size="20"] Hoshin...

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Technology, businesses and market changes are so fast nowadays that product development needs to be extremely adaptable or it risks a failure. To accommodate to this situation, CMI Defence, a Belgium weapon systems specialist, implemented a flexible project management approach which is based on the agile methodology. While the traditional project management uses the waterfall model where each phase of a product’s life cycle takes...

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Interface is a modular carpet manufacturer from LaGrange, Georgia, USA that started its Lean Product Development Journey as part of the new sustainability business strategy, a Directive Mission Zero established by its chairman and CEO in 1994. Due to commitment to Mission Zero, Interface is maintaining its position among world’s sustainability leaders and improving its products and processes. [su_spacer size="20"] Continue reading to get more insights in...

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