What is Concurrent Engineering ?

What is Concurrent Engineering?

Concurrent engineering is also known as simultaneous engineering is an approach where the different stages of product development runs simultaneously rather than sequentially. It helps in reducing overall product development time and launch products faster in the market.

This image shows the difference between concurrent and sequential engineering timelines.
Workflow for Simultaneous and Sequential Engineering

As shown in the above image, in simultaneous engineering the second task is started as soon its dependency from the first task is finished. In this way multiple tasks can be done at any point of time.

this image shows the difference between Concurrent and sequential engineering

Compared to sequential engineering, in concurrent engineering all departments such as marketing, design (mechanical electrical and software), manufacturing works in parallel. Different teams main focus is to close or reduce the dependency of one task or team from another.

For example, a marketing team first preference is to provide complete product design requirements to the design team. So that they can start work on time for timely delivery. Sometimes the product design team can start their work with partial requirements as well.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Concurrent Engineering?
Advantages

Implementing parallel working during product design and engineering has the following advantages,

  • Faster launch of products in the market.
  • Reduced product development costs.
  • Increased productivity because mistakes are corrected in the initial phase of design.
  • Competitive advantage.
  • Increased collaboration between different teams.
Disadvantages
  • Difficult to manage. Specific Software solutions are available to solve this problem.
  • More collaboration between teams is required.
  • Result in overdesign because every team wants to be on a safer side. For example, to be on a safer side electronics team can ask for larger size pcb. That may increase overall product size.
  • Strong risk analysis and its mitigation plan is required.

We will keep adding more information on concurrent and sequential engineering. Please add your comments or questions in the comment box.

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