WAY OF WORKING
Design & Engineering
In phase 2, we look closely at functions that are standard or customer specific.
Developing or optimizing systems is always one process in which product and production development run synchronously. That is also the core of our "way of working"; multidisciplinary design and production.
Supply Chain Engineer
Value engineering where a system is made cheaper after design in order to be able to produce it in series? Not at MTA!
Lars van Gerven
Lars is responsible for ensuring that the design meets the technical specifications agreed with the customer in development projects.
Within the Supply Chain Team of MTA, Hans mainly focuses on developing the Supply Chain and optimizing the cooperation between MTA and its partners.
Lars: “In phase 2, we look closely at functions that are standard or customer-specific. You have to ask yourself very carefully where the decoupling point is; which part of the system that the customer requires is standard and which part is specific to him?
This method of system decomposition has many advantages. It meets our philosophy for system architecture, where separate testing and assembly of modules are preconditions. It also results in significant savings in delivery time because these decomposed building blocks can be handled very efficiently in our organization.
All of this allows you to create customer-specific systems in the design phase, while still having the advantages in assembly and logistics of small-scale serial production and a short lead-time.”
Lars summarizes, “So first think carefully about how you will build a product and production architecture in a modular way (phase 1). Then think about which functionalities you can fill in with standard building blocks.
Next, think about how you can meet customer-specific functionalities. We configure all options together with our customer. In this way, we continue to work on further details of the architecture, from product, module, unit, composition to part”, says Lars.
Work together with
Full supply chain
Hans: “In phases 1 and 2, we already work together with our entire supply chain. In small teams consisting of MTA engineers, external development partners, suppliers and the customer, we mobilize all knowledge and expertise as early as possible.
Communication is crucial in this. We switch and coordinate a lot with each other. This allows us to faster achieve a positive end result. We focus on a virtual model, simulations and of course the physical model, but also, for example, the complete factory layout.
The trick is to do more with what you have, to work smarter, more efficiently and more effectively and do it in cooperation with the ecosystem.”
SUMMARY PHASE 2
V² as a
There are methods that prescribe what you can and should take into account while designing the product. Lars: “Our V2 model is not a method, but a philosophy. It is broader than a number of design agreements and guidelines. The will to cooperate is anchored in our DNA. Its about collaboration that we seek internally, but also with our suppliers and other development partners.”
Hans adds, “Thanks to this integrated way of working, you can create the layout of the factory at an early stage, how the supply of materials should take place, which tooling is needed, which technologies should be applied and how the quality of parts and product can be guaranteed.
It gives us the opportunity to adjust design choices very early on based on all insights, not just while building a prototype. Because when physical prototypes are already available many problems are deeply embedded in the architecture and may cost too much money to correct.”
We conclude phase 2 with a complete Technical Product Documentation data set (TPD). This contains all detailed engineering details and all production information. Hans says, “That ensures a flying start during initial production of the products and we can ultimately scale up faster at the right price.”