Costimator-Should cost modeling

CEC provides cost engineering services for mid-to-large sized manufacturing organizations worldwide. The service is an ideal solution for companies that do not have either the time or resources to do detailed product cost analysis in-house. Our aim is to determine the most cost-effective and efficient materials and manufacturing processes for a particular part or product. Our engineering service provides costing data that supports the development of parts and assemblies throughout the product lifecycle - from design to procurement.

CEC engineers are trained to think out-of-the-box when analyzing part costs, exploring different methods of making parts through alternative processes, materials, and machinery.

CEC is able to help companies find cost savings in the design phase rather than in the manufacturing phase or the launch phase, where the cost to make design changes can be astronomical.

Discovering manufacturing “issues” early on in the design phase can save a company months worth of time and money.

CEC analyzes alternative designs of a part or assembly and its affect on cost at any point during the product lifecycle. This allows companies to see the impact of various design decisions on future product costs. Changes to designs can be re-analyzed to determine how the changes will affect cost.

CEC partners with its clients, assisting engineers in doing what they do best. The best approaches for cost savings and for manufacturability are examined at the design phase, prior to the product moving into production.

When the part design reaches the production stage the detailed cost analysis, which is now the company’s “should cost” model, is utilized by procurement personnel to effectively negotiate with suppliers. This sourcing strategy will provide a basis for buyers to seek out the right “process-supplier” match, leading to higher manufacturing efficiencies and lower part costs.

Benefits of Costimator - Should cost modeling:

  • Product cost reduction through optimization of
    - Product Design
    - Mfg technology & assembly process
    - Supplier negotiations
  • Reduction of Product Development Lifecycle.
  • Standardized cost platform across all commodities/locations.
  • Library of real-world data (Materials, Machines, Standards, Rates, etc.).
  • State-of-the-art technology platform in Costimator OEM.
  • Proven company with experienced staff of cost engineers.
  • Easy to implement & maintain.
  • Low start-up costs.
  • High ROI (Return on Investment).

QS9000 Document works

What is Documentation?
Documentation is much talked about.
Everyone uses documentation outside of work. If you buy something (like a clock), there are instructions in the box. That is documentation.
Think of documentation as instructions. Documentation explains how to do things.
The auditor’s job is to make sure everyone is ‘Following Instructions’.

What is Controlled Documentation?
A controlled document is typically one that is Revision sensitive - BUT - Not always!! If a controlled document is changed, a record of the change has to be made. This means we must have a History of All Changes.If a document is changed, people who use it must know about the change. This means there has to be a distribution list or other effective way to let everyone who uses it know the document has changed. Every employee must know how to check to see if documentation they are using is the most current version.

Typical Types of Records

Contract Review
Identification and Traceability
Process Control
Inspection and Test
Control of Measurement and Test Equipment
Non-conforming Product
Corrective and Preventive Action
Internal Quality Audits

CEC have considerable experience in helping organizations develop Quality Management Systems which conform to the requirements of the ISO 9000 series of International Standards and QS-9000 automotive standards. We support companies in their effort to Writing and Organizing Procedures and other Documentations to achieve registration to the appropriate Standard.

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