Solar panel prices are steadily falling, pushing cost-reduction measures upstream. As a result, solar panel and mounting manufacturers must find new ways to cut costs and stay competitive.
The modern manufacturing engineer needs to be agile. Why? Shrinking product lifecycles, supply chain complexity and increasing demands give engineers less time to bring products to market.
Forced to do more with fewer resources, agile engineers rely on technology to solve a variety of challenges across all aspects of production. Below, we highlight four software programs that help agile engineers make the most of every minute.
Modern design engineers are forced to do more with less these days—less time and fewer resources, but plenty of expectations.
As product lifecycles shorten and high-volume demand increases, design engineers have less time before going back to the drawing board to develop designs compliant with new specifications, tolerances or materials.
Although a product may never be truly perfect, it certainly can be improved.
Proactive part analysis methodically analyzes a part’s original design to determine how it can be improved, whether through material, geometry or assembly.
From large tractor-trailers to school buses and every niche vehicle in between, the transportation industry has ingrained itself as one of the most formidable industries in American manufacturing.
With so many parts and vehicle components being manufactured on a daily basis, there are a variety of ways that roll forming can benefit the transportation industry.
Value. A word that has been cheapened after slapping it on one too many store brand product labels, one too many coupon books.
The pace of technology continues to accelerate, and mechanical engineering is no exception.
Are you ready?
This post is taken from “The Modern Engineer’s Guide To Getting It Done: Strategies to Improve Manufacturing Time To Market.” If you’re interested in learning more practical strategies, tips and technologies that will help you improve your manufacturing time to market, download the eBook.
Shortened product lifecycles, an acceleration of new and emerging technologies, a fundamental shift in necessary skillsets, and the pressure to do more with less have all made the manufacturing world challenging for the modern day engineer.
If you are an agile athlete, you have the ability to change direction very quickly, without losing momentum.
If you are an agile manufacturer, you have the ability to adapt quickly to production demands and short windows of opportunity, without losing efficiency.
As a design engineer, you understand what type of production method is best suited for your design.
You understand that the metal fabrication option you choose can impact design integrity, production efficiency, and, ultimately, corporate profitability.
That may be only half the battle though. You may also need to convince a decision maker, such as a sourcing manager, of the value of alternative production methods such as roll forming, press braking or stamping, and justify why he should choose one of these methods—particularly if it isn’t historically how the part has been produced.