SAE 2014 Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress
Technical Session Schedule
Wednesday, October 8
Cost Reduction & Quality Improvement - Part 2 of 2
Room 45 4:00 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; Chirag Vyas, Caterpillar Inc.