You may or may not have heard about concurrent engineering before. If you haven’t heard of it before, it is also known as simultaneous engineering. This name speaks for itself, indicating that this type of engineering involves designing and creating products in which the workers complete all the stages at the same time. Normally, each stage would be completed after the previous stage is fully complete. Due to this, concurrent engineering offers many advantages over the base method of engineering.
So what are these advantages of concurrent engineering?
The advantages that I will discuss more in-depth are:
- Quicker production time
- Superior quality
- Lower development costs
- Increased productivity
Quicker production time
The saying goes that time is money. Finishing a product in a shorter time frame allows for the product to reach the market sooner. This will allow the engineers to begin work on future products. The normal consecutive process of engineering works fine but is not as quick as concurrent engineering. This due to the fact that each stage must be complete before someone can begin work on the next stage. In concurrent engineering, all stages are able to be worked on at the same time. This minimizes time wastage and delay and allows for quick product time.
You are probably wondering, how exactly does concurrent engineering enhance the quality of a product? After all the only thing changed from the normal procedure is that the tasks are completed simultaneously. This is precisely the reason why quality is able to be enhanced. By working on the product at the same time it allows the team to uncover any defects or problems in the prototype early on. For example, when manufacturing a car if it turns out there is a problem with aerodynamics, this would normally not be found until late. Using concurrent engineering, the issue would be found early on. Concurrent engineering, therefore, increases quality as well as results in less required revisions to a product.
Lower development costs
Lower development costs are expected since less time is required to manufacture a product. Since concurrent engineering will have the product made simultaneously the product will be finished much faster than normal. This will allow for a product to be completed in much shorter production time. This shorter production time results in cheaper costs for the company since they are able to pay employees for fewer hours of work. Going back to the auto manufacturing example, a company will have a car complete in a much shorter amount of time, therefore allowing the company to save on labor costs.
The last advantage I will mention about concurrent engineering is that it results in increased productivity. Following the normal consecutive engineering, the rest of the team will have to wait until the previous stage is complete this is unproductive and a waste of time. Concurrent engineering will allow everyone to work on a project as a whole and not just focus on a specific area. This will result in more collaboration and more ideas to fix problems. overall, concurrent engineering allows for much greater productivity than competitive engineering.
As you can see concurrent engineering has quite a few great benefits over the traditional form of consecutive engineering. Hopefully, you found this article informative as well as enjoyable to read!