SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress

Technical Session Schedule

Wednesday, October 8

Cost Reduction & Quality Improvement
(Session Code: CV701)

Room 45  1:30 p.m.

Cost Reduction: Increases in Material, Variable, and Plant costs are greatly impacting manufacturing companies’ bottom-line. The impact on bottom-line is so much that ‘Cost’ has quickly become the number one competitor for most manufacturers and consequently ‘Cost Reduction’ is one of the most challenging platforms today. This session will be focused on: 1) Cost reduction challenges and opportunities in Low Cost Countries 2) Cost reduction challenges due to National Content 3) Cost reduction through optimum sourcing/purchasing/marketing/supply chain strategies 4) Energy management, lean manufacturing, and frugal innovation 5) Product and Process Redesigning/Re-engineering for cost reduction 6) Inventory management for cost reduction Quality Improvement: Better quality means customer satisfaction which leads to business growth and customer loyalty. Quality should not be an afterthought and inspected into a product - quality needs to be built into the product. As quality improvement is not simply an end goal, but rather a continuous journey to increase the life and reduce the cost of total ownership. Quality is often used as a competitive advantage, but challenges in improving quality are many. This session will be focused on: 1) Case studies on Quality Improvement. 2) Quality vs Cost tradeoffs & benefits 3) Role of APQP, Process Simulation in Quality Improvement

Organizers - Girish Parvate Patil, Patric Schlemmer, Caterpillar; Arnold Taube, John Deere World Headquarters; Chirag Vyas, Caterpillar Inc.
Chairpersons - Arnold Taube, John Deere World Headquarters

Time Paper No. Title
1:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Reducing OEM Part and Product Costs with 3D Analytics
Joseph Barkai, IDC Manufacturing Insights
2:00 p.m. 2014-01-2415
Virtual Vehicle Design based on Key Performance Indicators Assessing the Vehicle Portfolio
Armin Förg, Moritz Wolter, Technische Universität München; Matthias Kreimeyer, MAN Truck & Bus AG; Markus Lienkamp, Technische Universität München
2:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Lean APQP Implementation for Emerging Market OEM’s and Suppliers
Farouk N. Mohamed, Caterpillar Inc.
3:00 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Compressed Natural Gas Vehicle Safety System and Method
Daniel McNicholas, Controlled Natural Gas, LLC
Cost effective and Sustainable Alternate Material for Air Brake Tubings (ABT) in Commercial Vehicles (Written Only -- No Oral Presentation)
C Venkatesan, R DeepaLakshmi, Ashok Leyland Ltd.
The Big Data Application Strategy for Cost Reduction in Automotive Industry (Written Only -- No Oral Presentation)
Xinyu Ge, Jonathan Jackson, Caterpillar Inc.

The papers in this session are available in SAE Technical Paper Collection, COLL-TP-00457, and also individually. To purchase visit

Planned by Total Vehicle Technology and Maintenance Committee / Commercial Vehicle Activity